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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. Darla Hood is interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. At forty-seven, Hood died in North Hollywood, California, of acute hepatitis contracted while in the hospital for a minor surgery. 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. During the 1960s and 1970s, she went to many Our Gang/Little Rascals festivals and conventions, meeting and greeting the various generations of fans. 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. And she appeared in her own nightclub act at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, the Copacabana in New York and the Sahara in Las Vegas.

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 did singing and voice-over on TV commercials, which included Campbell Soup and Chicken of the Sea Tuna. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. Hood was a guest on such TV shows of the early 1960s as Tell It to Groucho starring Groucho Marx and The Jack Benny Show, where she appeared as "Darla" in a spoof of the old Our Gang shows with Jack Benny. 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 played a secretary in the suspense drama The Bat (1959) with Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. Joe Rivkin, who discovered her as a child, saw the cover and cast her in her first adult role in a movie.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. In January 1959, she released a new record, Quiet Village. 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 and Granson had three children. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. Decker (married 1955-divorced 1957) and record company head Jose Granson (married 1957). Hood had two marriages, insurance salesman Robert W.

She had a hit record in 1957, I Just Wanna Be Free, and appeared in the movie Calypso Heat Wave singing a duet with Johnny Desmond. In 1955, she was a leading lady in the act of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. She was a regular on The Ken Murray Show from 1950 to 1951. Hood then went out on her own with singing engagements in nightclubs and guest appearances on TV.

The group remained with Murray's Blackouts during its long run in New York and Hollywood. Shortly after graduation, the quartet was booked by producer and star Ken Murray for his famous "Blackouts," a stage variety show. While at Fairfax High School, she organized a vocal group called the Enchanters with four boys. When she outgrew her role in Our Gang, she appeared in a couple of other movies and attended school in Los Angeles.

The comedy movie shorts were later syndicated for television, in the mid-1950s, under the title The Little Rascals. From 1935 to 1941, she played Darla in Our Gang. She was then taken to Culver City, California, to appear in the Our Gang movies. Just after her third birthday, she was taken to New York City where she was seen by Joe Rivkin, a casting director for Hal Roach Studios, who arranged a screen test.

Her mother started her in singing and dancing at an early age, taking her to lessons in Oklahoma City. Her father worked in a bank and her mother was a music teacher. She was born Darla Jean Hood in Leedey, Oklahoma, the only child of James Claude Hood and Elizabeth Davner. Darla Hood (November 4, 1931 – June 13, 1979) was an American child actress.

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