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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. Teen actress Emmy Rossum, who actually played Hepburn as a child in the Jennifer Love Hewitt bio-pic, is also considered a candidate. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. Portman in fact once dressed as Hepburn for a modelling photo shoot, while Tautou closely resembles Hepburn physically. 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. A number of current actresses have been suggested by fans as acceptable choices should another attempt at a bio-pic be made. Among names most often mentioned are Natalie Portman and Audrey Tautou. 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. It was aired as a mini-series in some countries, and in a truncated version on American TV.

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). The film is generally seen as a disappointment, with most of the criticism being directed at the casting of Hewitt in the role, though footage of the real Audrey Hepburn appears at the very end of the picture. Several versions of the film exist. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. Hewitt also produced the film. 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). The 2000 American made for television effort, The Audrey Hepburn Story starred Jennifer Love Hewitt as the actress. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. To date only one biographical film based upon Audrey Hepburn's life has been attempted.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. Some sources state that Hepburn makes a cameo appearance in the 1963 Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward film, A New Kind of Love but this has not been confirmed. 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 also appeared in an April 1952 episode of CBS Television Workshop entitled "Rainy Day at Paradise Junction" which predates her "official" American debut in Roman Holiday. According to some biographies, Hepburn claimed to have made "several" American and British TV appearances before Roman Holiday, and a poster for a 1951 British public appearance listed her as a TV actress, but so far a copy of "Rainy Day" is the only example of this early work to have surfaced. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. In addition to the above, Hepburn hosted the 1993 television series, Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn for PBS, a nine-episode documentary series which premiered the day of her death. Hepburn died of colon cancer on January 20, 1993, in Tolochenaz, Vaud, Switzerland at the age of 63, and was interred there.

At the time of her death she was the companion of Robert Wolders, a Dutch actor who was the widower of film star Merle Oberon. Hepburn married twice, to actor Mel Ferrer and to Italian doctor Andrea Dotti, and had two sons. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1652 Vine Street. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded her The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her contribution to humanity, and her son accepted the award shortly after her death.

In 1992, President George Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work with UNICEF. Grateful for her own good fortune after being a victim of Nazi atrocities as a child, she dedicated the remainder of her life to helping impoverished children in the world's poorest nations. From 1967 onward, after fifteen highly successful years in film, Hepburn acted only occasionally and her last role was filmed in 1988 just before she was appointed a special ambassador to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Having become one of Hollywood's most popular box-office attractions, Hepburn co-starred with other major actors such as Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Rex Harrison, Peter O'Toole, and Sean Connery.

Her performance as Holly Golightly in 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's resulted in the creation of one of the most iconic characters in 20th Century American cinema. In the film Funny Face, Hepburn's mother appeared as the patron of a sidewalk café. For her performance in this movie she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and over her illustrious career she would be nominated for best actress four more times. After being chosen to play the lead character in the Broadway play Gigi (opened on November 24, 1951), and after a successful six-month run in New York, she was offered a starring role in the Hollywood motion picture Roman Holiday, co-starring Gregory Peck.

After the war, Hepburn and her mother moved to London where she studied ballet, worked as a model, and in 1951 began acting in films, mostly in minor or supporting roles; her first major performance was in the 1951 film The Secret People. Without heat in their homes, or food to eat, people in the Netherlands starved and froze to death in the streets; particularly so in Arnhem, which was devastated during Operation Market Garden. Suffering from malnutrition, Hepburn developed several health problems, and the impact of those times would shape her life and values. During the Dutch famine over the winter of 1944, brutality increased and the Nazis confiscated the Dutch people's limited food and fuel supply for themselves. After the landing of the Allied Forces on D-Day, things grew worse under the German occupiers.

[1] (http://www.genealogics.org/histories/9396.text.jpg). It was never her legal name. At that time she adopted the pseudonym Edda Van Heemstra, modifying her mother's documents to do so, because an "English-sounding" name was considered dangerous. Hepburn attended private schools in England and the Netherlands, but after the 1935 divorce of her parents she was living with her mother at Arnhem when the German invasion and occupation of World War II occurred.

She had two half-brothers, Alexander, and Ian Quarles van Ufford, by her mother's first marriage to a Dutch nobleman. Her father appended the name Hepburn to his surname, and Audrey became Audrey Hepburn-Ruston at the same time. Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston in Brussels she was the daughter of Joseph Anthony Ruston, a British banker, and Baroness Ella van Heemstra, a Dutch aristocrat descended from French and English kings. Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 - January 20, 1993) was a Belgian-born actress.

Hepburn is considered by many in Japan as a model for feminine beauty. Despite the similar career choices, Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn were neither sisters nor even closely related in any way despite occasional, and mistaken, press reports to the contrary. Opera diva Maria Callas reportedly loved Hepburn's look so much that she adopted it for herself in the 1950s. Nederlands in 7 lessen (1948) - bit role; also known as Dutch in Seven Lessons.

Laughter in Paradise (1951) - bit role. One Wild Oat (1951) - bit role. Young Wives' Tale (1951) - bit role. Monte Carlo Baby (1951) - two versions of this film were released, one in English and one in French.

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) - bit role. The Secret People (1952). Roman Holiday (1953). Sabrina (1954).

War and Peace (1956). Funny Face (1957). Mayerling (1957) - produced as an episode of the TV series Producers' Showcase and released to theatres in Europe. Love in the Afternoon (1957).

The Nun's Story (1959). Green Mansions (1959). The Unforgiven (1960). Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).

The Children's Hour (1961). Charade (1963). Paris - When it Sizzles (1964). My Fair Lady (1964).

How to Steal A Million (1966). Two for the Road (1967). Wait Until Dark (1967). Robin and Marian (1976).

Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline (1979). They All Laughed (1981). Love Among Thieves (1987) - made for television. Always (1989).

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