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Birth information

28 November 1923 Los Angeles, California, USA

Death information

5 October 1981 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Gloria Hallward

How tall is Gloria Grahame?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Anthony Ray
Cy Howard
Nicholas Ray
Stanley Clements

Life Story of Gloria Grahame

Gloria Hallward was born in Los Angeles, California. She was the daughter of Michael Hallward, an architect, and Jean MacDougall, an actress whose stage name was Jean Grahame. Her mother later became her acting coach. Descended from royalty--King Edward III through her father's side--she was bred for acting at an early age. By the time Gloria was a teenager she had little interest in school; she quit Hollywood High School just short of graduation to join a touring show called "Good Night Ladies". Later she appeared in a couple of Broadway plays, where she was spotted by MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer in 1944. He was impressed enough to offer her a contract with MGM at $250 a week. Her first role was that of Sally Murfin in Blonde Fever (1944), but it was a few years later that her role as Violet in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) set her apart from other actresses. She played the part of the local temptress who sets her sights on James Stewart, and was done for Columbia while she was on loanout from MGM. Although Gloria was extremely talented and sexy, MGM felt she didn't fit its rigid star pattern and sold her contract to RKO. After appearances in such films as It Happened in...

Significant features of Gloria Grahame

She often played floozies with a heart of gold
Earthy, sensual screen presence

How much money has Gloria Grahame earned?

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

Publications and Magazines about Gloria Grahame

James Robert Parish, Ronald Bowers The MGM Stock Company: The Golden Era. 1972
Peter Turner Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. 1987
Vincent Curcio Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame. 1989
Robert J. Lentz Gloria Grahame - Bad Girl of Film Noir. 2011

What movies did Gloria Grahame play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Tales of the Unexpected (1984) Olivia / Gladys, The Nesting (1981) Florinda Costello, Mr. Griffin and Me (1981) Mara Emerson, The Merry Wives of Windsor (1980) Mistress Page, Melvin and Howard (1980) Mrs. Sisk, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979) Ma, Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) Clara, The Dancing Princesses (1978) Witch, Kojak (1977) Helen, Seventh Avenue (1977) Moll, Mansion of the Doomed (1976) Katherine, Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Sue Prescott, Mama's Dirty Girls (1974) Mama Love, The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974) Carolyn Parker, The Magician...

Birth information

28 November 1923 Los Angeles, California, USA

Death information

5 October 1981 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Gloria Hallward

How tall is Gloria Grahame?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Anthony Ray
Cy Howard
Nicholas Ray
Stanley Clements

Life Story of Gloria Grahame

Gloria Hallward was born in Los Angeles, California. She was the daughter of Michael Hallward, an architect, and Jean MacDougall, an actress whose stage name was Jean Grahame. Her mother later became her acting coach. Descended from royalty--King Edward III through her father's side--she was bred for acting at an early age. By the time Gloria was a teenager she had little interest in school; she quit Hollywood High School just short of graduation to join a touring show called "Good Night Ladies". Later she appeared in a couple of Broadway plays, where she was spotted by MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer in 1944. He was impressed enough to offer her a contract with MGM at $250 a week. Her first role was that of Sally Murfin in Blonde Fever (1944), but it was a few years later that her role as Violet in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) set her apart from other actresses. She played the part of the local temptress who sets her sights on James Stewart, and was done for Columbia while she was on loanout from MGM. Although Gloria was extremely talented and sexy, MGM felt she didn't fit its rigid star pattern and sold her contract to RKO. After appearances in such films as It Happened in...

Significant features of Gloria Grahame

She often played floozies with a heart of gold
Earthy, sensual screen presence

How much money has Gloria Grahame earned?

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

Publications and Magazines about Gloria Grahame

James Robert Parish, Ronald Bowers The MGM Stock Company: The Golden Era. 1972
Peter Turner Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. 1987
Vincent Curcio Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame. 1989
Robert J. Lentz Gloria Grahame - Bad Girl of Film Noir. 2011

What movies did Gloria Grahame play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Tales of the Unexpected (1984) Olivia / Gladys, The Nesting (1981) Florinda Costello, Mr. Griffin and Me (1981) Mara Emerson, The Merry Wives of Windsor (1980) Mistress Page, Melvin and Howard (1980) Mrs. Sisk, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979) Ma, Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) Clara, The Dancing Princesses (1978) Witch, Kojak (1977) Helen, Seventh Avenue (1977) Moll, Mansion of the Doomed (1976) Katherine, Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Sue Prescott, Mama's Dirty Girls (1974) Mama Love, The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974) Carolyn Parker, The Magician...

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Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, and Gloria Grahame in Maskierte Herzen (1952)

Gloria 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.

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Gloria Grahame in Maskierte Herzen (1952)

Gloria's grandfather Reginald Francis Hallward gave Oscar Wilde the idea for 'The Picture of Dorian Gray.'

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Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame in Maskierte Herzen (1952)

Mother, Jean MacDougall, stage actress as Jean Grahame (Gloria's grandmother's maiden name) and later acting coach. Father, Michael Hallward, decorator, architect and author.

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Gloria Grahame in Maskierte Herzen (1952)

Gloria was not born in 1925 as usually stated, but in 1923.

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Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame in Maskierte Herzen (1952)

Younger sister of Joy Hallward.

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Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame in Maskierte Herzen (1952)

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.

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Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame in Maskierte Herzen (1952)

In real life, she was nearsighted and often wore glasses.

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Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame in Maskierte Herzen (1952)

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.

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Gloria Grahame and Paul Lambert in Mama's Dirty Girls (1974)

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.

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Robert Mitchum and Gloria Grahame in Macao (1952)

Her film output totalled 39 feature films, 4 TV-movies and 2 miniseries.

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Gloria Grahame in Blood and Lace (1971)

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.

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Gloria Grahame in Blood and Lace (1971)

Buried at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen, Chatsworth, California. Pioneer Section Lot 242, Space 8.

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Gloria Grahame and Len Lesser in Blood and Lace (1971)

In 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); Lydia Simoneschi; Andreina Pagnani, in Fritz Lang's Human Desire (1954) and Wanda Tettoni in Crossfire (1947).

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Gloria Grahame in Blood and Lace (1971)

A 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).

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Gloria Grahame in Blood and Lace (1971)

Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" by Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).

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Gloria Grahame and Robert Ryan in Wenig Chancen für morgen (1959)

Campaigned for the Judy Holliday role in Born Yesterday (1950) and Shelley Winters role in A Place in the Sun (1951).

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Gloria Grahame in Wenig Chancen für morgen (1959)

Reportedly 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.

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Gloria Grahame in Wenig Chancen für morgen (1959)

Her 1st husband, actor Stanley Clements died 11 days after Gloria in October 1981.

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Gloria Grahame and Robert Ryan in Wenig Chancen für morgen (1959)

She named her daughter (with Cy Howard) Paulette.

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Gloria Grahame and Robert Ryan in Wenig Chancen für morgen (1959)

Was 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.

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Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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.".

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

Grahame was preparing to appear as Amanda in a production of "The Glass Menagerie when she was initially stricken with cancer.

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

After the critical acclaim she received for "Crossfire," RKO purchased her contract from MGM.

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Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

Claimed never to watch her own rushes or her old movies on TV.

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

Is 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.

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Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

Is portrayed by Annette Bening in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017).

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

Daughter of Michael Hallward (1889-1982), born in London, England, and Jean McDougall (1891-1984), born in Lochranza, Scotland. They first immigrated to Victoria, Canada in 1911 before immigrating to Los Angeles, California in 1915.

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Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

Paternal granddaughter of Reginald (1858-1948) and Adelaide (née Bloxam) Hallward (1860-1925). Both were born and raised on the Isle of Wight, England and died in Shorne, Kent, England.

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Gloria Grahame and Jeff Donnell in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

Appeared in three Oscar Best Picture nominees; It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Crossfire (1947) and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), with the last winning in 1952.

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

She was a lifelong Democrat.

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

She has appeared in five films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: It's a Wonderful Life (1946), In a Lonely Place (1950), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), The Big Heat (1953) and Oklahoma! (1955).

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Gloria Grahame and Ruth Gillette in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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Gloria Grahame and Ruth Gillette in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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Gloria Grahame and Ruth Gillette in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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Gloria Grahame and Art Smith in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, and Art Smith in Ein einsamer Ort (1950)

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