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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. But then, who doesn't?". She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. Holmes is (as of late 2004) engaged to actor Chris Klein, a loss lamented by both sexes: GQ 's Adam Rapoport wrote she was "more the girl you want to take home to your parents than the girl you want to take home", while Allure 's Judith Newman wrote "I want to bring her home to meet my parents. 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 has appeared in advertisements for Garnier Lumia shampoos and The Gap. 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. Teen People declared her one of the "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" in its June/July 2003 issue.

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). Holmes was annually named by FHM magazine as one of the sexiest women in the world from 1999 forward [2] (http://metalbunny.net/girlz/hotlist.php?list=fhmuk) and was named one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People" in its May 12, 2003 issue. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. She was Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher in November 2003. 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). Peepers character and singing "Hey, Big Spender" from Damned Yankees. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. Holmes hosted Saturday Night Live on February 24, 2001, participating in a hilarious send-up of Dawson's Creek where she falls madly in love with Chris Kattan's Mr.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. Forthcoming is her appearance in the latest installment of the Batman franchise, Batman Begins. Entertainment Weekly reported in its December 17, 2004 issue that Holmes was to play the murdered wife of Spade Cooley in a biopic written, directed, and starring Dennis Quaid. 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. First Daughter, directed by Forest Whitaker, also starred Michael Keaton as Holmes's father and Mark Blucas as her love interest. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. Holmes played the president's daughter in First Daughter, which was originally to be released in January 2004 on the same day as Chasing Liberty, the Mandy Moore film about a presidential daughter, but was ultimately released in September 2004 to dismal reviews and ticket sales. Variety said it was "one of her best film perfs." In Abandon (2003), written by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, Holmes was a delusional and homicidal college student named "Katie." Roger Ebert commended Holmes' performance and the film's intelligence, but other critics and audiences savaged it.

Her next starring role was in Pieces of April (2003), a gritty comedy about a dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving. Holmes was the mistress of the public relations flack played by Colin Farrell in Phone Booth (2002) and Robert Downey, Jr.'s nurse in The Singing Detective (2002). Holmes did her first nude scene for the film and said "I just hope there aren't a lot of pauses on DVD players." Her appearance deshabile was lamented by Variety's Steven Kloter: "It seems the only time we see a naked woman on screen is when someone like Katie Holmes needs to break with her sanitized WB past and march brazenly into a new future.". In The Gift (2000), a Southern Gothic story directed by Sam Raimi and starring Cate Blanchett, she played the antithesis of Joey Potter: a slutty rich girl carrying on with everyone in town, from a white trash wife-beater to the district attorney, and who winds up dead for her trouble.

In Wonder Boys (2000), the film version of the Michael Chabon novel, she had a small role (six and one-half minutes of screen time) as the tenant--and object of lust--of her English professor, played by Michael Douglas. Holmes played a straight-A student whose vindictive teacher threatens to keep her from a desperately needed scholarship. Tingle (1999), which he wrote and directed. Kevin Williamson's disaffection for his own high school days spawned Teaching Mrs.

She had an uncredited cameo with Dawson's Creek co-star Joshua Jackson in Muppets in Space (1999), which was also filmed in Wilmington. Next she was a disaffected supermarket clerk in Doug Liman's stylish ensemble piece Go (1999). Holmes won a MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for the role, though Holmes said the film was "just horrible". Her first starring part came in Disturbing Behavior (1998), a Stepford Wives-goes-to-high school thriller where she was a loner from the wrong side of the tracks.

While she often draws great notices, her films have tended to be badly reviewed or box office duds. Holmes' movie career has not been as successful as the show. So much of me is in Joey and it really felt like I grew up on television.". I was able to psychoanalyze all of it everyday with her and then I wouldn't have to do it on my own.

It was a great tool for me personally because I got to get it all out. She always had these long sppeches about her fears and her future and love. Holmes confirmed that, as is often the case on soaps, the character is a cariacature of the actor: "I miss her spirit, and her spunk, and I miss her anxiety. On the other hand it was refreshing to play someone else," she said in 2004.

I hate change. "It was very difficult for me to leave Wilmington, to have my little glass bubble burst and move on. Dawson's Creek ran from 1998 to 2003 and Holmes was the only actor to appear in all 128 episodes. Anywhere.".

But her "type" was no less attractive, Arena magazine declaring her "the most coquettishly sexy woman on television. "The Katie Holmes type," the reporter claimed, "is a throwback to the 1950's: she is a smart girl next door (as opposed to the babe-o-rama blondes)"--the sort represented by her Dawson's Creek co-star Michelle Williams. Variety, reviewing the pilot, said Holmes "is a confident young performer who delivers her lines with slyness and conviction." So good was Holmes that The New York Times Magazine would claim everyone in Hollywood was looking for the "Katie Holmes type" when casting shows. "The Audrey Hepburn of her generation," was one typical comment.

At 5'9" (some sources say 5'7"), the tall brunette enchanted the press. Holmes moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where the show filmed, and for a time lived with creator Williamson. Her life parallels mine, which is all about new everything--relationships, personnel, perceptions--and about being guarded." Dawson's Creek filmed its first season in the spring and summer of 1997. Joey tries to be articulate and deny that she doesn't have a lot of experience in life.

I was a tomboy. I come from a small town. "I think they saw that. "I'm a lot like Joey," she said.

Williamson said "She had those eyes, those eyes just stained with loneliness.". Holmes won the part. Holmes read for the part of Joey, the tomboyish best friend of the title character, while her mother read Dawson's lines, including dialogue about sex and masturbation. One reached the producers of a new show created by Kevin Williamson for Columbia Tri-Star Television: Dawson's Creek. Her appointment to read for it was unknowingly set by the producers for the same day as her high school production of Damn Yankees (she was playing Lola), but they permitted her to send a videotape rather than make her miss the show.

She returned to Toledo but her audition tapes continued to circulate. She did not land a television role, but was cast as the improbably named Libbets Casey in the film The Ice Storm (1997), directed by Ang Lee and starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. While in high school, she went with her mother to Los Angeles to audition for pilots for television shows. She attended Catholic schools in Toledo, including the all-female Notre Dame Academy.

Born Katherine Noelle Holmes in Toledo, Ohio, she was the youngest of the five children of Martin, an attorney, and Kathleen Holmes. Katie Holmes (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress best known as Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek .

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