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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. Henstridge was earlier married to actor Damian Chapa for short while in 1995. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. On October 14, 1998 she had a son, Tristan River Waite, with fiancÚ and actor Liam Waite. 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. In 1998 she starred in Species II, which did not fare nearly as well as its prequel, and in 2000 in The Whole Nine Yards. She has also done a few roles on television, such as South Park and The Outer Limits. 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. She had roles in Maximum Risk, Adrenalin: Fear the Rush, and Standoff.

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). Her fame did not last, however, as her roles in subsequent films were less popular. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. Henstridge was cast at age 21 in the 1995 science fiction movie Species which did well and put her in the spotlight. 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). At age 15 she was on the cover of the French edition of Cosmopolitan. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. At the age of 14 Henstridge went to Paris to start a career in modeling after being first runner up in the worldwide Look of the Year contest, sponsored by the Casablanca Modeling Agency, who also has represented Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. Born in Springdale, Newfoundland, Canada to parents Brian and Helen, she was raised in a trailer park in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. 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. Natasha Henstridge (born August 15, 1974) is a Canadian actress who has starred in movies such as Species and Species II. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. Species (1995). Species II (1998).

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