... you can learn from:
All About Eve (1950)
Bill: What should I tell Tyrone Power for you?
Birdie: Just give him my phone number;I'll tell him myself.
Legendary character actress Thelma Ritter was born 115 years ago today in (where else) Brooklyn, New York. She acted a little on stage and the radio when she was younger (she even took professional training) but she got married and raised her two kids before having any sort of career - her first movie role was in 1947 at the age of 45 where she played a harried shopper in Miracle on 34th Street.
A little somebody named Darryl F. Zanuck noticed her and loved her and had her part beefed up a bit - same happened with her next role in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's A Letter to Three Wives' in 1949.