Gloria Grahame

Actor
A femme fatale with extraordinary carnal allure, Gloria Grahame electrified moviegoers with her turns as venal, sexually aggressive women in such films as "Crossfire" (1947), "In a Lonely Place" (1950) and "The Bad and ... Read more »
Born: 11/28/1923 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Melvin and Howard 1980 (Movie)

Mrs Sisk (Actor)

The Nesting 1980 (Movie)

Florinda Costello (Actor)

Chilly Scenes of Winter 1979 (Movie)

Clara (Actor)

The Terror of Dr. Chancey 1974 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

Escape 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Tarots 1971 (Movie)

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Blood and Lace 1970 (Movie)

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Chandler 1970 (Movie)

Selma (Actor)

The Loners 1970 (Movie)

Annabelle (Actor)

The Todd Killings 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Roy (Actor)

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

Bonnie Shelley (Actor)

Odds Against Tomorrow 1959 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Ride Out For Revenge 1957 (Movie)

Amy Porter (Actor)

The Man Who Never Was 1956 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

Harriet Lang (Actor)

Oklahoma! 1955 (Movie)

Ado Annie (Actor)

The Cobweb 1955 (Movie)

Karen McIver (Actor)

Human Desire 1954 (Movie)

Vicki Buckley (Actor)

Naked Alibi 1954 (Movie)

Marianna (Actor)

The Good Die Young 1954 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

Man on a Tightrope 1953 (Movie)

Zama Cernik (Actor)

The Big Heat 1953 (Movie)

Debby Marsh (Actor)

The Glass Wall 1953 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

Macao 1952 (Movie)

Margie (Actor)

Sudden Fear 1952 (Movie)

Irene Neves (Actor)

The Bad and the Beautiful 1951 (Movie)

Rosemary Bartlow (Actor)

In a Lonely Place 1950 (Movie)

Laurel Gray (Actor)

A Woman's Secret 1949 (Movie)

Susan Caldwell (Actor)

Crossfire 1947 (Movie)

Ginny (Actor)

It's a Wonderful Life 1946 (Movie)

Violet (Actor)

Without Love 1945 (Movie)

Flower Girl (Actor)

Black Noon (TV Show)

Actor

Escape (Movie)

Evelyn Harrison (Actor)

It Happened in Brooklyn (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Merton of the Movies (Movie)

Beulah Baxter (Actor)

Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Show)

Actor

Roughshod (Movie)

Mary Wells (Actor)

Song of the Thin Man (Movie)

Fran Ledue Page (Actor)

Biography

A femme fatale with extraordinary carnal allure, Gloria Grahame electrified moviegoers with her turns as venal, sexually aggressive women in such films as "Crossfire" (1947), "In a Lonely Place" (1950) and "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952), which earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. A professional actress from childhood, Grahame began her career playing sexually confident if emotionally unstable women, and essentially repeated that role throughout the 1940s and 1950s, which marked her heyday in Hollywood. Few actresses could present such an openly wanton image as Grahame, whose heavy-lidded eyes and permanently curled lip - the result of botched surgery - lent her a physical gravitas other actresses lacked. Her women were dangerous, without question, and potentially lethal if cornered, like her mob moll in "The Big Heat" (1953), who lurked through the film's shadowy underworld on a hell-bent mission to avenge her disfigurement by Lee Marvin. Off-camera, Grahame had a reputation as an uncooperative performer, and her 1952 divorce from director Nicholas Ray, who discovered her in flagrante delicto with his 13-year-old stepson - whom Grahame would later marry in 1960 - left moviegoers appalled. Her career waned in the late 1950s, and she would labor through TV appearances and low-budget features until 1980, when she was felled by stomach cancer. But the best of her screen roles continued to burn on late-night TV and in revival houses, where her incendiary presence had lost none of its power to entrance - or to burn.

Relationships

Stanley Clements

Husband
married in August 1945 divorced in June 1948

Jean Grahame

Mother

Michael Hallward

Father

Cy Howard Screenplay

Husband

Cy Howard

Husband
married in August 1954 divorced in October 1957

Anthony Ray

Husband
married in May 1960 divorced in 1976 son of Nicholas Ray by a previous marriage

Nicholas Ray

Husband
married in June 1948 divorced in August 1952

EDUCATION

Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California

Milestones

1947

Played breakthrough role in "Crossfire"

1943

Signed to MGM; film debut

1942

Broadway debut

1934

Stage debut at the Pasadena Playhouse

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