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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. She currently stars in Monarch of the Glen. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. In 1969, she starred as Sarah Churchill in The First Churchills, and in 1974, she played the lead in another 26-part serial, The Pallisers. 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. Susan Hampshire appeared in several long-running television serials, notably in the BBC's blockbuster, The Forsyte Saga (1967), in which she played Fleur. 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 her autobiography, Susan's Story, she publicised her experiences, and her work on behalf of dyslexics eventually led to her being awarded the O.B.E.

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). Her appeal was that of an "English rose", and few people were aware of her problem with dyslexia. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. Soon afterwards, she was taken up by Walt Disney, and starred in The Three Lives of Thomasina and The Fighting Prince of Donegal. 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 first became famous after playing the lead in a 1962 BBC adaptation of What Katy Did. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. Susan Hampshire (born 12 May 1938) is an English actress best known for her many film and television roles.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. 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. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress.

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