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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 couple adopted two daughers and remained together until McMurray's death in 1991. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. They were married on June 28, 1954, and Haver remained largely retired from 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. At that time, Haver met McMurray again, and a romantic relationship developed. 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. Accounts differ on whether she entered a convent briefly in 1953 or decided against going.

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). In 1952, following a divorce and the death of her fiancÚ, she announced that she would become a nun. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. Haver's acting career was to be brief. 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 1943 the Fox movie studio had hired her, with her first starring role as Cri-Cri in Home In Indiana (1945). Later that year she co-starred with Fred McMurray in Where Do We Go From Here?, which was the only time the pair appeared together in a film. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. Haver began singing on stage at the age of six, working regularly as a band singer by her teens.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. She was born in Rock Island, Illinois as June Stovenour; her name became Haver when her mother divorced and remarried. 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. June Haver (born June 10, 1926) is an American film actress. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress.

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