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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. In 2002, her friend and author Janie Hampton published the book Joyce Grenfell. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. In 1998, the British government memorialized Joyce Grenfell with her image on a postage stamp as part of a series of stamps celebrating "Heroes of Comedy". 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. Her autobiography, The Time of My Life was published in 1990. 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. Diagnosed with cancer, she retired from performing and passed away in 1979.

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 gained additional popularity as a result of her frequent appearances on the BBC's classical music quiz show, Face the Music. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. Grenfell is now best remembered for her one-woman shows and monologues, in which she invented roles including a harassed nursery teacher (George, don't do that). 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). During the 1950s she made her name as a sidekick to such comedy greats as Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford in films such as The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950) and the St Trinian's series. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. As a writer at the BBC during and just after the war, she collaborated with Stephen Potter in writing the "How" series of 30 satirical programs from "How to Talk to Children" to "How to Listen".

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. Although she performed in a number of films, she continued with her recording career, producing a number of humoristic albums as well as books. 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. Her singing and comedic talents on stage led to offers to appear in motion picture comedies. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. In 1989 her wartime journals were published under the title The Time of My Life: Entertaining the Troops. During World War II, Grenfell toured India, North Africa, and the Middle East with a company performing for British troops.

Wanting to pursue a career in the theatre, she made her stage debut in 1939 in the "Little Revue." In 1942 she wrote what became her signature song, "I'm Going to See You Today.". As such, Joyce Phipps grew up around money and privilege. Born Joyce Irene Phipps in London, England, she was the daughter of architect Paul Phipps and an eccentric American mother, Nora Langhorne, the daughter of an American railroad millionaire and sister of Nancy Astor. Joyce Grenfell, born February 10, 1910 - died November 30, 1979, was a British film and television actress, comedienne, and singer-songwriter.

A Letter from Home (1941). The Lamp Still Burns (1943). The Demi-Paradise (1943). While the Sun Shines (1947).

A Run for Your Money (1949). Poet's Pub (1949). Stage Fright (1950). The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950).

Alice in Wonderland (1950). Laughter in Paradise (1951). The Galloping Major (1951). The Magic Box (1951).

The Pickwick Papers (1952). The Million Pound Note (1953). Genevieve (1953). Trinian's (1954).

The Belles of St. Forbidden Cargo (1954) . The Good Companions (1957). Happy Is the Bride (1957).

Trinian's (1957). Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1960). The Pure Hell of St.

The Old Dark House (1963). The Americanization of Emily (1964). The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964).

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