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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. On January 6, 1969 the twins were found dead in their home due to the Hong Kong Flu. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. Their tour manager failed to pick them up and they had to take a job at a grocery store. 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. The Hiltons' last public appearance was at a drive-in movie theater in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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 the 1950 they tried Hollywood again and starred in a movie Chained for Life.

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). Eventually the sisters settled in Miami and kept a hamburger stand called the Hilton Sisters' Snack Bar. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. In 1932 the twins appeared as themselves in the movie Freaks. 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). As if to compensate for their deprived past, they had numerous affairs, failed attempts to get a marriage license and couple of short marriages. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. Daisy dyed her hair blonde and they began to wear different outfits so they could be told apart.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. They left the sideshows and went into vaudeville as "The Hilton Sisters' Revue". 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. In 1931 the sisters gathered enough courage to sue their "managers", gaining $100.000 in damages - and independence. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. They lived in a mansion in San Antonio, Texas until the early 1930s. They kept the twins from public view for a while and trained them in jazz music.

When Mary died in Birmingham, Alabama, her daughter and her husband took over. Their controllers kept all the money the sisters earned. In the true sideshow manner, their performance was accompanied with a dubious "history". Mary Hilton dragged them to a tour through Germany, Australia and to the USA.

The Hilton sisters toured first in England at the age of three as "the United Twins". They trained them in singing and dancing. According to the sisters' own autobiography, Mary Hilton, her husband and daughter kept the twins in strict control with physical abuse; they had to call her "Auntie Lou" and her current husband "Sir". Skinner's boss Mary Hilton, who helped in childbirth, apparently saw commercial prospects in them, effectively bought them from their mother and took them under her care.

The sisters were born conjoined in hips and buttocks; they shared blood circulation and were fused at the pelvis but shared no major organs. Their mother was a single barmaid named Kate Skinner. Daisy and Violet Hilton were born in Brighton, England on February 5, 1908. The Hilton twins were a pair of conjoined twins who toured in the US sideshow and vaudeville circuit in the 1930's.

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