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Gloria Grahame

Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress.

Gloria Grahame

Born Gloria Hallward in Los Angeles, California, her mother Jean Grahame was a stage actress and acting teacher who taught Gloria acting during her childhood and adolescence. She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. Changing her name to Gloria Grahame, she made her film debut in Blonde Fever (1944) and scored her most widely praised MGM role as the small town girl Violet, who is saved from a life of shame by George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life (1946). MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947.

She received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination for Crossfire (1947), and won the same award for The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). Often regarded as a difficult actress, Grahame's career began to wane after her role in Oklahoma! (1955), although she continued to play supporting roles for the rest of her life in the United States, and also in the United Kingdom, where she resided for many years.

In 1981 Grahame collapsed during a rehearsal for a British stage play, and returned to New York City where she died soon after from cancer. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California.

Gloria Grahame has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Motion Pictures, at 6522 Hollywood Boulevard.


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Gloria Grahame has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Motion Pictures, at 6522 Hollywood Boulevard. Absolutely Fabulous, Bad Girl, Boon, Heartland, Henry IV, Hunt for Venus, La Nonna, Leaving Home, Never Mind the Horrocks, Nightlife, Red Dwarf, Road, Roots, Some Kind of Life, Suffer the Little Children, The Garden, Welcome to the Times. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. Cartwright was so impressed with her that he wrote the play and the movie Little Voice just to show off her talent. In 1981 Grahame collapsed during a rehearsal for a British stage play, and returned to New York City where she died soon after from cancer. While working on a play directed by Jim Cartwright she used to warm up by doing singing impressions of Judy Garland and Ethel Merman. Often regarded as a difficult actress, Grahame's career began to wane after her role in Oklahoma! (1955), although she continued to play supporting roles for the rest of her life in the United States, and also in the United Kingdom, where she resided for many years. They have a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Molly.

She received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination for Crossfire (1947), and won the same award for The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). She lives with writer, Nick Vivian. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. She went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Changing her name to Gloria Grahame, she made her film debut in Blonde Fever (1944) and scored her most widely praised MGM role as the small town girl Violet, who is saved from a life of shame by George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life (1946). She was born in Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. Jane Horrocks (born January 18, 1964) is an English comedian and actress.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. Road (1987). Born Gloria Hallward in Los Angeles, California, her mother Jean Grahame was a stage actress and acting teacher who taught Gloria acting during her childhood and adolescence. Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The (1988). Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. Getting It Right (1989). Memphis Belle (1990).

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