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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. Accompanying the film is music from a recording called "Holiday in Brazil." In 2001 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. When Cornell screened the film, he projected it through a piece of blue glass and slowed the speed of projection to that of a silent film. 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 piece consists of snippets from East of Borneo combined with shots from a documentary of an eclipse. 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. Cornell was fascinated by the star of East of Borneo, an actress named Rose Hobart, and named his short film after her.

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). Rose Hobart (1936) is a short, 19 minute experimental film created by the artist Joseph Cornell, who cut and re-edited the Hollywood film East of Borneo into one of American's most famous surrealist short films. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. Boston: MFA Publications, 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). Memoir of an Art Gallery. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. Julian Levy.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997. 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. Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. Deborah Solomon.

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