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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. The bartender Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation was named for Texas Guinan. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. The number "All That Jazz" in the musical Chicago is thought to pay homage to her. 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 was portrayed in a number of movies, including Splendor in the Grass (1961). 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 is interred in the Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York.

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). While on the road, she contracted amoebic dysentery in Vancouver, British Columbia and died there on November 5, 1933 apparently at age 49, exactly one month before Prohibition was repealed. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. She turned this to her advantage by launching a satirical revue entitled Too Hot For Paris. 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 made a sally towards Europe, but her reputation preceded her, and she was denied entry at every European sea port at which she tried to disembark. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. Guinan took her show on the road.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. During the Great Depression, Ms. 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. Guinan returned to the screen with two sound pictures, playing slightly fictionalized versions of herself as a speakeasy proprietress in "Queen of the Night Clubs" in 1929 and "Broadway Through a Keyhole" in 1933. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. She traditionally greeted her patrons with "Hello, suckers!". "Butter and egg men" referred to her well-off patrons, and she often demanded that the audience "give the little ladies a great big hand".

Guinan is credited with coining a number of phrases. Ms. Texas Guinan capitalized on her notoriety, earning $700,000 in ten months in 1926 while her clubs were routinely being raided. At this favorite hangout of the city’s wealthy elite, George Gershwin often played impromptu piano for wealthy guests such as Reggie Vanderbilt, Harry Payne Whitney, or Walter Chrysler, and celebrities Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Pola Negri, Jeanne Eagels, John Gilbert, and Rudolph Valentino, as well as socialites like Gloria Morgan and her sister Thelma, Vicountess Furness.

She steadfastly claimed that she had never sold an alcoholic drink in her life. Her aplomb made her a celebrity; arrested several times for serving alcohol and providing entertainment, she would always claim that the patrons had brought the liquor in with them, and that the club was so small that the girls had to dance so close to the customers. Guinan's own personality. The club became famous for its troupe of 40 scantily clad fan dancers, and also for Ms.

54th Street. Upon the introduction of Prohibition, she opened a speakeasy in New York City called the "300 Club", at 151 W. She became the United States' first movie cowgirl, nicknamed "The Queen of the West." In addition to her film career, she also had a sojourn in France, entertaining the troops during World War I. In 1917 "Texas" Guinan made her film début in the silent movie The Wildcat.

In 1906 she moved to New York City, where she found work as a chorus girl before making a career for herself in national Vaudeville and in New York theater productions. She toured regional Vaudeville with some success, but became known less for her singing than her entertaining "wild west"-related patter. Guinan was born in Waco, Texas and studied music in Chicago before returning to her hometown with hopes of becoming a professional singer. Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan (January 12, 1884 - November 5, 1933) was a saloon keeper, actress, and entrepreneur.

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