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Gloria Grahame

Biography

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.

Quick Facts


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
Nationality American
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
Siblings Joy Hallward
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
TV Shows Rich Man, Poor Man
Star Sign Sagittarius

  • Facts
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#Fact
1Is one of 15 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of California. The others are Fay Bainter, Jo Van Fleet, Liza Minnelli, Tatum O'Neal, Diane Keaton, Sally Field, Anjelica Huston, Cher, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Marcia Gay Harden and Brie Larson.
2Claimed never to watch her own rushes or her old movies on TV.
3After the critical acclaim she received for "Crossfire," RKO purchased her contract from MGM.
4Grahame was preparing to appear as Amanda in a production of "The Glass Menagerie when she was initially stricken with cancer.
5A 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.".
6Was the 37th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) at The 25th Annual Academy Awards (1953) on March 19, 1953.
7She named her daughter (with Cy Howard) Paulette.
8Her 1st husband, actor Stanley Clements died 11 days after Gloria in October 1981.
9Reportedly did not get on with Humphrey Bogart during the filming of In a Lonely Place (1950) as Bogart had campaigned for the part of Laurel Gray to be given to his wife Lauren Bacall, which was instead given to Grahame.
10Campaigned for the Judy Holliday role in Born Yesterday (1950) and Shelley Winters role in A Place in the Sun (1951).
11Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" by Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
12A very close friend of Jeff Donnell. They met on the set of Roughshod (1949), and appeared together the next year in In a Lonely Place (1950).
13In Italy, a great deal of her films were dubbed by Rina Morelli, but occasionally she was also dubbed by Renata Marini, most notably in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952); Lidia Simoneschi; Andreina Pagnani, in Fritz Lang's Human Desire (1954) and Wanda Tettoni in Crossfire (1947).
14Buried at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen, Chatsworth, California. Pioneer Section Lot 242, Space 8.
15Unhappy 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.
16Gloria 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.".
17Her film output totalled 39 feature films, 4 TV-movies and 2 miniseries.
18Her unusual 1960 marriage to former stepson Anthony Ray made a great Hollywood scandal and led to a bitter child custody battle with former husbands.
19Tone-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.
20In real life, she was nearsighted and often wore glasses.
21Gloria'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.
22Younger sister of Joy Hallward.
23Gloria was not born in 1925 as usually stated, but in 1923.
24Mother, Jean MacDougall, stage actress as Jean Grahame (Gloria's grandmother's maiden name) and later acting coach. Father, Michael Hallward, decorator, architect and author.
25Gloria's grandfather Reginald Francis Hallward gave Oscar Wilde the idea for 'The Picture of Dorian Gray.'
26Gloria was descended from royalty. Her father's family descended from King Edward III through John of Gaunt; her mother's, from the Scottish Kings of the Hebrides.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tales of the Unexpected1980-1984TV SeriesOlivia / Gladys
The Nesting1981Florinda Costello
Mr. Griffin and Me1981TV MovieMara Emerson
Melvin and Howard1980Mrs. Sisk
The Merry Wives of Windsor1980TV MovieMistress Page
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square1979Ma
Chilly Scenes of Winter1979Clara
The Dancing Princesses1978/IITV MovieWitch
Kojak1977TV SeriesHelen
Seventh Avenue1977TV Mini-SeriesMoll
Mansion of the Doomed1976Katherine
Rich Man, Poor Man1976TV Mini-SeriesSue Prescott
Mama's Dirty Girls1974Mama Love
The Girl on the Late, Late Show1974TV MovieCarolyn Parker
Tarot1973Natalie
The Loners1972Annabelle
Chandler1971Selma
Black Noon1971TV MovieBethia
The Todd Killings1971Mrs. Roy
Escape1971TV MovieEvelyn Harrison
Blood and Lace1971Mrs. Deere
Mannix1970TV SeriesMae Darling
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesMadame Noh
Daniel Boone1970TV SeriesMolly
Then Came Bronson1969TV SeriesCharlene Braden
Iron Horse1967TV SeriesRita Talbot
Ride Beyond Vengeance1966Bonnie Shelley
Burke's Law1964-1965TV SeriesDoris Landers / Helen Dekker
The Fugitive1964TV SeriesDorina Pruitt
The Outer Limits1964TV SeriesFlorinda Patten
Grindl1964TV SeriesOlive York
Sam Benedict1962TV SeriesRita Bain
The New Breed1961TV SeriesNurse Nora Springer
Harrigan and Son1961TV SeriesLee Ann Fondan
General Electric Theater1961TV SeriesElena Carlisle
Odds Against Tomorrow1959Helen
Ride Out for Revenge1957Amy Porter
The Man Who Never Was1956Lucy Sherwood
Oklahoma!1955Ado Annie
Not as a Stranger1955Harriet Lang
The Cobweb1955Karen McIver
Naked Alibi1954Marianna
Human Desire1954Vicki Buckley
The Good Die Young1954Denise Blaine
Prisoners of the Casbah1953Princess Nadja / Yasmin
The Big Heat1953Debby Marsh
Man on a Tightrope1953Zama Cernik
The Glass Wall1953Maggie Summers
The Bad and the Beautiful1952Rosemary
Sudden Fear1952Irene Neves
Macao1952Margie
The Greatest Show on Earth1952Angel
In a Lonely Place1950Laurel Gray
Roughshod1949Mary Wells
A Woman's Secret1949Susan Caldwell
Merton of the Movies1947Beulah Baxter
Song of the Thin Man1947Fran Ledue Page
Crossfire1947Ginny
It Happened in Brooklyn1947Nurse
It's a Wonderful Life1946Violet
Without Love1945Flower Girl
Blonde Fever1944Sally Murfin
My Heart Tells Me1944Short uncredited
Polka Dot Polka1944ShortPretty Girl (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oklahoma!1955performer: "I Cain't Say No" 1943, "The Farmer and the Cowman" 1943, "All 'er Nothin'" 1943 - uncredited
Naked Alibi1954performer: "ACE IN THE HOLE"
Man on a Tightrope1953performer: "Women Are Not Like Angels" - uncredited
A Woman's Secret1949performer: "Estrellita", "Paradise" - uncredited
Song of the Thin Man1947"You're Not So Easy to Forget" 1947 / performer: "You're Not So Easy to Forget" 1947
Blonde Fever1944performer: "Brighten the Corner Where You Are" - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
1 a Minute2010Documentary in memory of: Battled Breast Cancer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mike Douglas Show1972TV SeriesHerself - Actress
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHerself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1953TV SeriesHerself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHerself - Best Supporting Actress Winner

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dome Project2010Video shortHerself
Pulp Cinema2001Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1954TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6522 Hollywood Blvd.
1953OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1953Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressThe Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
1948OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleCrossfire (1947)

TitleSalary
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)$50,000

#Quote
1I 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.
2[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.
3I 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!
4I don't think I ever understood Hollywood.
5I remember everything, even the dates. But I don't want others to remember the details, just the image.
6There'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.
7You go through life in a series of peaks and valleys.
8It wasn't the way I looked at a man, it was the thought behind it.

#Trademark
1Earthy, sensual screen presence
2She often played floozies with a heart of gold

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