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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 2003, Hart and her production company, Hartbreak Films, produced a miniseries entitled Tying the Knot, documenting her wedding to musician Mark Wilkerson, a member of the band Course of Nature. She is interred in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. She has appeared in other movies since Drive Me Crazy, but none have brought her as much recognition. 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. Hart also appeared in the music video for this song. 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 1999, Melissa landed a small part in a movie named Can't Hardly Wait, and then starred in Drive Me Crazy, a movie that includes "(You Drive Me) Crazy", a number-one hit by Britney Spears, on its soundtrack.

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 between, she also worked on the series Touched by an Angel and starred in several TV movies. MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947. But acting called upon her once again, and in 1994, she got the main role for the TV movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which eventually led to her also starring as Sabrina in a television series which lasted seven seasons. 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). After the series was canceled, she decided to invest in higher education and went to New York University. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway. The show brought her four consecutive Young Artist Award nominations, of which she won three, and made her a household name among American teenagers.

She was signed to a contact with MGM Studios after Louis B. The Nickelodeon series, a comedy about a teen girl in everyday situations, became a big hit and aired for four seasons. 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. This paved the way for her to land the title role in the TV show Clarissa Explains It All. Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 - October 5, 1981) was an American film actress.
In 1989, she auditioned for a Broadway production of The Crucible starring Martin Sheen, becoming an understudy to three of the young girls in the play. Other early TV work included a small role in the miniseries Kane & Abel in 1985, a guest-starring role in an episode of The Equalizer in 1986, and a starring role alongside Katherine Helmond in the emmy award-winning TV movie Christmas Snow, also in 1986.

From then on, she appeared regularly in commercials, making 25 of them before the age of five. When she was still a baby, she made her first TV commercial for a bathtub toy called Splashy. Hart's career began early on. Her stepmother is the former Lisa Hunt of Sayville.

Sister Trisha Hart has worked as a producer. Most of her siblings have acted, among them Elizabeth Hart, Brian Hart, Emily Hart, and Alexandra Hart-Gilliams. Her immediate family includes her father, William Hart, her mother Paula Hart, her stepfather, television executive Leslie Gilliams, eight sisters (three of them stepsisters) and one brother. Her full name is Melissa Joan Catherine Hart, Catherine being the name she chose for her confirmation in eighth grade.

Hart was born in Smithtown, New York, on Long Island, and grew up in Sayville, New York. Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress who is best known for playing the title roles in two successful television series, Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

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