Hollywood femme fatale who played alluring, but dangerous female in films from the 1940s and ’50s, including 1953’s THE BEST Heat and it’s really a Wonderful Existence. She lowered out of senior high school just a couple months in short supply of graduation to become listed on a journeying troupe, and later on made an appearance on Broadway. Her breakout part arrived in 1946, when she starred in the traditional film, Its an excellent Life. Her mom, Jean Grahame, was a well-known celebrity and acting trainer. She was initially found out by Louis B. Mayer, who authorized her to a $250 weekly agreement with MGM.
Full Name Gloria Grahame
Date Of Birth November 28, 1923
Died October 5, 1981, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Height 1.67 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Hollywood High School
Spouse Anthony Ray, Cy Howard, Nicholas Ray, Stanley Clements
Children Marianna Paulette Howard, Timothy Ray, Anthony Ray Jr., James Ray
Parents Reginald Michael Bloxam Hallward, Jeanne McDougall
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Movies In a Lonely Place, The Big Heat, It's a Wonderful Life, The Bad and the Beautiful, Crossfire, Human Desire, Oklahoma!, The Greatest Show on Earth, Naked Alibi, Sudden Fear, Odds Against Tomorrow, Macao, The Cobweb, A Woman's Secret, Blonde Fever, Song of the Thin Man, The Man Who Never Was, The Nesting, Not as a Stranger, Man on a Tightrope, Blood and Lace, Melvin and Howard, Roughshod, Chilly Scenes of Winter, Ride Beyond Vengeance, The Glass Wall, Merton of the Movies, It Happened in Brooklyn, The Good Die Young, Mama's Dirty Girls, Ride Out for Revenge, Prisoners of the Casbah, The Todd Killings, Mansion of the Doomed, The Loners, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Black Noon, The Girl on the Late, Late Show, Without Love, Escape, Merry Wives of Windsor, Autopsy
Claimed never to watch her own rushes or her old movies on TV.
After the critical acclaim she received for "Crossfire," RKO purchased her contract from MGM.
Grahame was preparing to appear as Amanda in a production of "The Glass Menagerie when she was initially stricken with cancer.
A painting of Grahame was hanging in the Ellington Room of the Manhattan Plaza, where Grahame maintained an apartment during her last five years according to a January 1990 article about the actress that appeared in "Films in Review.".
Buried at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen, Chatsworth, California. Pioneer Section Lot 242, Space 8.
Unhappy with the tilt of her upper lip, she often stuffed cotton along her gumline to straighten it out. The effect was cosmetically less than flattering and made it difficult for her to speak. A leading man, after kissing her, ended up with a mouth full of cotton.
Gloria spent her last days in the Liverpool (UK) home of her friend Peter Turner, then was flown back to New York by her children just hours before her death. A 1987 biography was entitled "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool.".
Her film output totalled 39 feature films, 4 TV-movies and 2 miniseries.
Her unusual 1960 marriage to former stepson Anthony Ray made a great Hollywood scandal and led to a bitter child custody battle with former husbands.
Tone-deaf, she sang without dubbing in only one film, Oklahoma! (1955), where her songs were edited together from recordings made almost literally note by note.
In real life, she was nearsighted and often wore glasses.
Gloria's children: by Nicholas Ray : Timothy Ray , born 12 November 1948. By Cy Howard ; Marianna Paulette Howard, born 1 October 1956; By Anthony Ray: Anthony Ray Jr., born 30 April 1963 and James Ray, born 21 September 1965.
I don't think I ever understood Hollywood. Whatever they told me to do, I did. I went to the studio in the morning, stayed on the set all day, then went home, and ate my dinner, and studied my part, and went to sleep.
[To Rex Reed in 1973] I was there for years under contract to MGM, RKO, and Paramount... I don't know how many others. Actually, I do, but who cares? But I don't want others to remember the details, just the image.
I married Nicholas Ray, the director. People yawned. Later on I married his son, and from the press's reaction you'd have thought I was committing incest or robbing the cradle!
I don't think I ever understood Hollywood.
I remember everything, even the dates. But I don't want others to remember the details, just the image.
There's always a race against time. I don't think for one moment that life gets better. How can it? One's body starts to fall apart.
You go through life in a series of peaks and valleys.
It wasn't the way I looked at a man, it was the thought behind it.