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Gloria Grahame ACTOR


Gloria Grahame was born on November 28th, 1923 in Los Angeles, California with the birth name Gloria Hallward.  Her mother, Jean Grahame was also an actress and an acting teacher.  Her father, Bloxam Hallward as an architect and author.  She had one sister, Joy Hallward who turned out to also be an actress and married John Mitchum who was the younger brother to Robert Mitchum.     
Grahame began getting involved with acting when her mother began teaching her in classes with other students.  She then became involved as a stage performer and worked on Broadway for several years before being discovered by Louis B. Mayer with MGM. 
Her film debut was in, "Blonde Fever" (1944) starring Philip Dorn, Mary Astor, Felix Bressart, Marshall Thompson and Elisabeth Risdon, followed by her role as Violet in, "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Ward Bond, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Jimmy Hawkins, Frank Albertson, Sheldon Leonard, H. B. Warner, Lillian Randolph and Thomas Mitchell, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer and Stanley Andrews.  Before fulfilling her remaining contract with MGM they agreed to sell the rest of her contract to RKO Studios in 1947, hoping that RKO might be able to make her career more successful.
Her next role on, "Crossfire" starring with Robert Mitchum, Robert Young, Robert Ryan, Paul Kelly, Steve Brodie, Tom Keene, Lex Barker and Sam Levene, earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.  She was incredibly beautiful and had a sexual way about her that she was becoming highly desired in various films. 
Her film alongside Humphrey Bogart, "In a Lonely Place" (1950) also with Frank Lovejoy, Morris Ankrum and Robert Warwick, is still considered one of her best performances, even though financially the film was not a big success.  She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in MGM's, "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952) starring with Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Elaine Stewart, Leo G. Carroll, Paul Stewart and Gilbert Roland
The early 50's continued to be a success for her with more film roles such as, "Sudden Fear" (1952) co-starring Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston and Mike Connors, "Human Desire" (1953) with Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford and Edgar Buchanan and "The Big Heat" (1953) also starring Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Willis Bouchey and Carolyn Jones.  After her role in a musical film called, "Oklahoma!" (1955) starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones (in her film debut), Rod Steiger, Charlotte Greenwood, Gene Nelson, Barbara Lawrence, James Whitmore, Jay C. Flippen and Eddie Albert, her career began to slow down. 

Film roles were becoming less available to her so she returned to the stage and also did occasional television appearances such as on ABC's sitcom, "Harrigan and Son" (1961) and "The Outer Limits" (1964).
For her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry, Grahame has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Grahame was known for her turbulent personal life.  She had a numerous amount of marriages and also affairs.  

Grahame married Stanley Clements on August 29th, 1945 and they were only together for three years before she then married Nicholas Ray on June 1st, 1948 and they remained together until 1952 having one child. They divorced when Ray found Grahame in bed with his thirteen year old son from a previous marriage.  Gloria later on had an affair with Ray's son, Anthony Ray whom she ended up marrying for her fourth marriage on May 13th, 1960 till May 4th, 1964 and they had two children together, Anthony jr. and James.  However, before marrying Anthony Ray she was briefly married to Cy Howard for 4 years from 1954 to 2957 and again they had one child, a daughter, Marianna Paulette born in 1956.    
Gloria Grahame was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1980 but refused to treat it or face the facts that she truly did have cancer.  After traveling to England to work on a stage play she collapsed and was nursed back to ok health to be flown back to the United States where she passed away at the age of fifty seven.  Gloria Grahame passed away on October 5th, 1981 in New York City from stomach cancer and is interred in Oakwood Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California.
Her career was highly successful and her personal life between marriages, affairs and custody battles over children kept her in the tabloids.  She will always be remembered as one of the most beautiful woman to dress the big screen.        
1980-1984  Tales of the Unexpected 
1981   The Nesting  
1981   Mr. Griffin and Me
1980   Melvin and Howard  
1979   Chilly Scenes of Winter 
1979   A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square 
1978   II The Dancing Princesses
1977   Kojak 
1977   Seventh Avenue
1976   Mansion of the Doomed 
1976   Rich Man, Poor Man 
1974   Mama's Dirty Girls 
1974   The Girl on the Late, Late Show
1973   Tarot  
1972   The Loners 
1971   Chandler  
1971   Black Noon
1971   The Todd Killings 
1971   Escape
1971   Blood and Lace
1970   Mannix 
1970   The Name of the Game
1970   Daniel Boone
1970   The Merry Wives of Windsor
1969   Then Came Bronson
1967   The Iron Horse
1966   Ride Beyond Vengeance  
1964-1965  Burke's Law
1964   The Fugitive 
1964   The Outer Limits
1964   Grindl
1962   Sam Benedict
1961   The New Breed 
1961   Harrigan and Son 
1961   G.E. True Theater 
1959   Odds Against Tomorrow 
1957   Ride Out for Revenge  
1956   The Man Who Never Was  
1955   Oklahoma!
1955   Not as a Stranger  
1955   The Cobweb
1954   Naked Alibi  
1954   Human Desire  
1954   The Good Die Young  
1953   The Big Heat 
1953   Man on a Tightrope  
1953   The Glass Wall  
1952   The Bad and the Beautiful  
1952   Sudden Fear  
1952   Macao  
1952   The Greatest Show on Earth
1950   In a Lonely Place 
1949   Roughshod
1949   A Woman's Secret 
1947   Merton of the Movies  
1947   Song of the Thin Man 
1947   Crossfire 
1947   It Happened in Brooklyn 
1946   It's a Wonderful Life
1945   Without Love  
1944   Blonde Fever  
1944   My Heart Tells Me 
1944   Polka Dot Polka

Matinee Classics - Gloria Grahame
Matinee Classics - Gloria Grahame
Matinee Classics - It's a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Ward Bond, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Frank Albertson and Gloria Grahame
Matinee Classics - Song of the Thin Man starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn, Dean Stockwell, Philip Reed, Patricia Morison, Leon Ames, Gloria Grahame, Jayne Meadows and Ralph Morgan
Matinee Classics - Macao starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix, Thomas Gomez, Floria Grahame, Brad Dexter, Edward Ashley, Philip Ahn and Vladimir Sokoloff
Matinee Classics - Not as a Stranger starring Olivia de Havilland, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Charles Bickford, Myron McCormick, Lon Chaney Jr., Jesse White, Harry Morgan and Lee Marvin
Matinee Classics - Rich Man, Poor Man starring Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, Susan Blakely, Edward Asner, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Reed, Gloria Grahame, Kim Darby, Bill Bixby, Fionnula Flanagan,Tim McIntire, Ray Milland, Lawrence Pressman, Talia Shire, Craig Stevens, Norman Fell, Lynda Day George, George Maharis, Murray Hamilton, Van Johnson, Dorothy Malone, Andrew Duggan, Herbert Jefferson Jr., Kay Lenz, Leigh McCloskey, Gavan O'Herlihy, Josette Banzet, William Smith, Dick Sargent, Dennis Dugan and
Matinee Classics - The Bad and the Beautiful starring Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Leo G. Carroll, Vanessa Brown, Paul Stewart, Sammy White, Elaine Stewart and Ivan Triesault
Matinee Classics - The Bad and the Beautiful starring Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Leo G. Carroll, Vanessa Brown, Paul Stewart, Sammy White, Elaine Stewart and Ivan Triesault

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