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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. Bonita Granville has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 6607 Hollywood Boulevard. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. Granville died of cancer in Santa Monica, California. 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 couple remained married until Wrather's death in 1984. 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. She appeared in the film version of The Lone Ranger in 1956, and made her final screen appearance in a cameo role in The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981).

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). He bought the rights to both The Lone Ranger and Lassie characters and Granville worked as a producer for several film and television productions featuring these characters. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. Her career gradually began to fade by the mid 1940s, and in 1947 she married Jack Wrather who had produced some of her films. 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 is also remembered for her starring role in the World War II anti-Nazism film Hitler's Children (1943). Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. As a young adult, she was once again cast in supporting roles, often in prestigious films such as Now, Voyager (1942) as well as two Andy Hardy films with Mickey Rooney.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. The film was a success and Granville reprised her role in three further films. 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 1938 she played the girl-detective Nancy Drew for the first time. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. Despite this success, the next few years brought her few opportunities to build her career although she continued to work. As that child, Granville was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Renamed These Three, it told the story of three adults (played by Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, and Joel McCrea) who find their lives almost destroyed by the malicious lies of an attention seeking child. Over the next couple of years she played uncredited supporting roles in such films as Little Women (1933) and Anne of Green Gables (1934) before playing the role of Mary in the film adapation of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Granville was the daughter of stage actors, and made her film debut at the age of nine in Westward Passage (1933). Bonita Granville (February 2, 1923 – October 11, 1988) was an American film actress, and later in life a successful television producer.

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