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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 her book A Paper Life, the Oscar-winning actress Tatum O'Neal alleges that at age 12, Melanie Griffith dragged her into an opium-fuelled orgy in Paris, along with another actress and the boyfriend of one of the actresses. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. Griffith has three children; Dakota Johnson, Alexander Bauer, and Stella Banderas. 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 divorced again in 1996 and Griffith married her current husband Antonio Banderas that same year. 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 remarried Johnson in 1989.

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 was married to Steven Bauer from 1980 to 1987. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. She was briefly married to Don Johnson in 1976. 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). Griffith has married four times. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. DeMented (2000).

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. Other major roles include Body Double (1984), Something Wild (1986), Working Girl (1988), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Milk Money (1994), Another Day in Paradise (1998) and Cecil 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. Her first major role was in Night Moves in 1975. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. Griffith began working in films at an early age as an extra on Smith! (1969) and The Harrad Experiment (1973). She is the daughter of actress Tippi Hedren and Peter Griffith.

Melanie Griffith (born August 9, 1957) is an American film actress.

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