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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. Hopkins died in New York, New York from a heart attack. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for motion pictures at 1701 Vine Street, and one for television at 1708 Vine Street. 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 one of the actresses auditioned to portray Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. 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. The studios made up a rivalry between Hopkins and Bette Davis, making the climactic confrontation scene in Old Acquaintance eagerly anticipated by audiences.

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). Hyde, Trouble in Paradise, The Story of Temple Drake, Becky Sharp (for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress), Barbary Coast, These Three, The Old Maid and Old Acquaintance. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. Jekyll and Mr. 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 rest of the 1930s she appeared in such films as The Smiling Lieutenant, Dr. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. In 1930 she signed with Paramount Studios, and made her film debut in Fast and Loose.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. At the age of 20 she became a chorus girl in New York City. 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. Born in Bainbridge, Georgia, she attended a finishing school in Vermont and Syracuse University. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902–October 9, 1972) was an American actress.

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