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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. Hepburn's niece is actress Katharine Houghton, whom appeared with her in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), and Hepburn's grand-niece is actress, Schuyler Grant. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. Hepburn's professional legacy is today carried on within her family. 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. A more lighthearted (though oddly accurate) portrayal of the older Hepburn was performed by comedian Martin Short on SCTV and Saturday Night Live. 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. Most recently she has been portrayed by Cate Blanchett in a 2004 movie about the life of Howard Hughes — The Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese.

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 96. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. She died on June 29, 2003 at 2:50 p.m., at Fenwick, the Hepburn family home, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. 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). Her autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, was published in 1991. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. Hepburn had previously married and divorced Ludlow Ogden Smith and also had relationships with Leland Hayward and Howard Hughes.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. Though they were together until Tracy's death in 1967, the couple never married - reportedly because Tracy, a devout Catholic, would not divorce his wife. 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 and Tracy made a total of nine films together including Adam's Rib and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress. In Woman of the Year (1942), she made her first appearance opposite Spencer Tracy, launching one of Hollywood's most famous romances. In 1932 her screen-test for RKO gained her a role in the George Cukor film A Bill of Divorcement (1932), opposite John Barrymore.

Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut and was educated at Bryn Mawr College; she received her degree in 1928 and debuted on Broadway that same year in Night Hostess. She was nominated for twelve Best Actress Academy Awards, more than any other actress, and was awarded a record four. Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 - June 29, 2003) was a notable American film and stage actress. An Uncommon Woman: Katharine Hepburn (http://home.nyc.rr.com/alweisel/premierekatharinehepburn.htm).

IMDb filmography (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000031/). The Making of the African Queen Katharine Hepburn, Knopf, 1987. Me, Stories of My Life, Katharine Hepburn, Knopf, 1991. The West Side Waltz - 1981.

A Matter of Gravity - 1976. Coco - 1969. Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night - 1960, Stratford, Connecticut Shakespeare Theatre. The Merchant of Venice; Much Ado About Nothing - 1957, Stratford, Connecticut Shakespeare Theatre.

The Merchant of Venice; Measure for Measure; The Taming of the Shrew - 1955, On tour in Australia with the Old Vic. The Millionairess - 1952. As You Like It - 1950. Without Love - 1942.

The Philadelphia Story - 1939. Jane Eyre - 1937. The Lake - 1933. The Warrior's Husband - 1932.

Art and Mrs. Bottle - 1930. These Days - 1928.

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