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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. Married four times with three children, Hutton as of 2004 lives in Palm Springs. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. However, after regaining control of her life, she went on to teach acting. 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. Afterwards, Hutton had trouble with alcohol abuse, eventually attempting suicide, and had a nervous breakdown. 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 1967, she was signed for starring roles in Paramount westerns, but was fired shortly after the projects began.

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). Hutton worked in radio and toured in nightclubs, then appeared ontelevision through the 1960s. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. Her status as a Hollywood star ended during contract disagreements with Paramount. 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). In 1942, she signed with Capitol Records, one of the first artists to do so, but was unhappy with their management, and signed with RCA. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. She made 14 films in 11 years during the 1940s and 1950s.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. When DeSylva became a producer at Paramount Studios, Hutton acquired a starting role in Let's Face It in 1943. 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. DeSylva. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. In 1939 she appeared in several muscial shorts, and appeared on Broadway in Panama Hattie and Two for the Show, produced by B.G. A few years later, she was scouted by orchestra leader Vincent Lopez, who gave Hutton her entre into entertainment.

As a teenager, she sang in several local bands, and at one point visited New York hoping to perform in Broadway, where she was rejected. Related troubles with the police kept the family on the move; eventually they moved to Detroit. Raised by a single mother, Hutton (along with her sister, Marion Hutton) started singing in the family's speakeasy at age 3. Betty Hutton, (born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan) is an American actor, musician and comedienne.

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