Lee Grant

Actor, Director, Dancer
An attractive brunette with angular features, Lee Grant began her career as a child performer with NYC's Metropolitan Opera. By age 11, she had become a member of the American Ballet Theatre. After music studies at ... Read more »
Born: 10/30/1927 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (107)

Stephen Verona: Self Portrait 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Going Shopping 2005 (Movie)

Winnie (Actor)

Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood, D.C.: A Tale of Two Cities 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mulholland Drive 2001 (Movie)

Louise Bonner (Actor)

The Amati Girls 2001 (Movie)

Aunt Splendora (Actor)

Dr. T And The Women 2000 (Movie)

Doctor Harper (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Swoosie Kurtz 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Confronting the Crisis: Childcare in America 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Bella Abzug 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

Amalia Stark (Actor)

Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Substance of Fire 1996 (Movie)

Cora Cahn (Actor)

Confronting Evil 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

In Censors We Trust 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Heat 1993 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Women on Trial 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Street Scenes: New York on Film 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Defending Your Life 1991 (Movie)

Lena Foster (Actor)

At Rona's 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Calling the Shots 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hello Actors Studio 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Town 1987 (Movie)

Ferguson Edwards (Actor)

Harry Belafonte: Don't Stop The Carnival 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Arriving Tuesday 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Teachers 1984 (Movie)

Dr. Burke (Actor)

Bare Essence 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Constance 1983 (Movie)

Mrs Barr (Actor)

Plaza Suite 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Trial Run 1983 (Movie)

Mrs Jones (Actor)

Thou Shalt Not Kill 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Visiting Hours 1982 (Movie)

Deborah Ballin (Actor)

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 1980 (Movie)

Mrs Lupowitz (Actor)

Little Miss Marker 1980 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

The Willmar 8 1980 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

You Can't Go Home Again 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Damien - Omen II 1978 (Movie)

Ann Thorn (Actor)

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

Clarisse Ethridge (Actor)

The Mafu Cage 1977 (Movie)

Ellen Carpenter (Actor)

The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

Anne MacGregor (Actor)

Airport 77 1976 (Movie)

Karen Wallace (Actor)

Fay 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Voyage of the Damned 1976 (Movie)

Lilian Rosen (Actor)

Shampoo 1975 (Movie)

Felicia (Actor)

The Seagull 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shape of Things 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Three For the Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Partners in Crime 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Internecine Project 1973 (Movie)

Jean Robertson (Actor)

The Ted Bessell Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wonderful World of Aggravation 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Portnoy's Complaint 1972 (Movie)

Mother Portnoy (Actor)

Plaza Suite 1971 (Movie)

Norma Hubley (Actor)

Robert Young and the Family 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Landlord 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Enders (Actor)

There Was a Crooked Man 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Bullard (Actor)

Marooned 1969 (Movie)

Celia Pruett (Actor)

Peyton Place 1964 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Bounce 1969 (Movie)

Motel Resident (Actor)

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell 1968 (Movie)

Fritzie Braddock (Actor)

ABC Stage '67 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Divorce American Style 1967 (Movie)

Dede Murphy (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1967 (Movie)

Mrs Leslie Colbert (Actor)

Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

Pie in the Sky 1964 (Movie)

Suzy (Actor)

The Balcony 1962 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Middle of the Night 1959 (Movie)

Marilyn (Actor)

Storm Fear 1955 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

Detective Story 1951 (Movie)

Shoplifter (Actor)

Battered (TV Show)

Narrator

Citizen Cohn (TV Show)

Actor

Down and Out in America (TV Show)

Narrator

For Ladies Only (TV Show)

Actor

In My Daughter's Name (TV Show)

Actor

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Actor

Lieutenant Schuster's Wife (TV Show)

Actor

Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Actor

Night Slaves (TV Show)

Actor

Perilous Voyage (TV Show)

Actor

Ransom For a Dead Man (TV Show)

Actor

Say It, Fight It, Cure It (TV Show)

Actor

She Said No (TV Show)

Actor

The John Garfield Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Million Dollar Face (TV Show)

Actor

The Neon Ceiling (TV Show)

Actor

The Omen Legacy (TV Show)

Actor

The Spell (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild West (TV Show)

Voice

What Are Best Friends For? (TV Show)

Actor

What Sex Am I? (TV Show)

Narrator

When Women Kill (TV Show)

Narrator
Director (62)

Intimate Portrait: Mo'Nique 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Angie Dickinson 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Bea Arthur 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Bo Derek 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Jane Kaczmarek 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Rosanna Arquette 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Betsey Johnson 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Kelly Ripa 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Rita Moreno 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Tippi Hedren 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Diane Sawyer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Jamie Lee Curtis 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Park Overall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Sela Ward 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

The Gun Deadlock 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

The Loretta Claiborne Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Betty Friedan 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Christine Lahti 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Gloria Steinem 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Jane Alexander 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Jessica Tandy 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Lauren Bacall 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Margot Kidder 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Mia Farrow 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Vanessa Redgrave 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Shortstories (10/08/88) 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Reunion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Staying Together 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Tell Me a Riddle 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Willmar 8 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Stronger 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

A Matter of Sex (TV Show)

Director

Following Her Heart (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Barbara Eden (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Cyndi Lauper (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Eve Ensler (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Jasmine Guy (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Kim Cattrall (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Kim Fields (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Laura Dern (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Linda Dano (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Linda Lavin (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Sharon Gless (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Teri Garr (TV Show)

Director

Intimate Portrait: Tipper Gore (TV Show)

Director

No Place Like Home (TV Show)

Director

Nobody's Child (TV Show)

Director

Say It, Fight It, Cure It (TV Show)

Director

Seasons of the Heart (TV Show)

Director
Producer (4)

Baghdad E.R. (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Intimate Portrait: Florence Griffith Joyner (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Intimate Portrait: Star Jones (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Say It, Fight It, Cure It (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (1)

The Stronger 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

An attractive brunette with angular features, Lee Grant began her career as a child performer with NYC's Metropolitan Opera. By age 11, she had become a member of the American Ballet Theatre. After music studies at Juilliard, she won a scholarship to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse and switched her focus to acting. Grant understudied the role of Ado Annie in a touring production of "Oklahoma!" before landing her breakthrough stage role as a young shoplifter in Sidney Kingsley's "Detective Story" in 1949. Hollywood soon beckoned and she recreated the role in William Wyler's 1951 superb film version. Grant won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress prize and earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the role. Seemingly on the verge of a brilliant career, the actress found herself the victim of the blacklist when her husband, playwright Arnold Manoff was named before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Grant herself refused to testify and the film offers over the next decade were sporadic.

Relationships

Joseph Feury

Husband
married c. 1962

Arnold Manoff

Husband
divorced in 1960 died in 1965 blacklisted during the McCarthy era

Dinah Manoff

Daughter
born January 25, 1958 father, Arnold Manoff

A Rosenthal

Father

Witia Rosenthal

Mother

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1974

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York

Actors Studio

New York , New York
member since 1949

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
attended on scholarship; studied under Sanford Meisner

The Juilliard School

New York , New York

Directing Workshop for Women, American Film Institute

Los Angeles , California
attended in the mid-1970s

Metropolitan Opera Ballet School

New York , New York

Art Students League of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

2006

Executive produced the HBO documentary "Baghdad ER"

2005

Directed the HBO documentary "... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

2005

Co-starred with Victoria Foyt, Rob Morrow and Bruce Davison in "Going Shopping," directed by Henry Jaglom

2001

Cast in David Lynch's noir drama "Mulholland Dr."

2000

Appeared in the ensemble cast of Robert Altman's "Dr T and the Women"

1999

Directed various episodes of the Lifetime biographical series "Intimate Portrait"

1997

Produced, directed and hosted "Say It, Fight It, Cure It," a Lifetime documentary about breast cancer; included interviews with survivors and members of their families

1996

Played Eric Roberts' mother in "It's My Party"

1994

Reteamed with Marlo Thomas for the CBS TV-movie "Reunion"

1992

Played the mother of Roy Cohn (James Woods) in the HBO biopic "Citizen Cohn"

1989

Produced, directed and narrated "Battered" (HBO); aired on "America Undercover"

1989

Helmed "No Place Like Home," starring Christine Lahti for CBS

1986

First television collaboration with Marlo Thomas, the CBS biopic "Nobody's Child"; Thomas won an Emmy and Grant received the Directors Guild of America Award

1985

Directed and narrated the documentary "Down and Out in America" (1985), the first pay-cable TV film to win an Academy Award; the film became eligible after a theatrical run in 1986

1984

Adapted her documentary "The Wilmar 8" as NBC TV-movie "A Matter of Sex"

1984

Narrated and directed the HBO documentary "When Women Kill"; aired as part of "America Undercover"

1982

Co-starred opposite Jerry Orbach in the HBO adaptation of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite"

1981

Narrated and directed the acclaimed documentary "The Wilmar 8"

1980

Feature film directing debut, "Tell Me a Riddle"

1976

Earned fourth Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress as a mentally unstable Jewish refugee in "Voyage of the Damned"

1976

Directed the short film "The Stronger"

1975

Starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Fay"

1975

Won Best Supporting Actress Oscar as a Beverly Hills matron in "Shampoo"

1973

TV directing debut, "The Shape of Things" (CBS)

1973

Co-starred in the busted CBS pilot "The Ted Bessell Show"

1972

Played Mother Portnoy in Ernest Lehman's film adaptation of Philip Roth's novel "Portnoy's Complaint"

1970

Played one of the female leads in "Plaza Suite," adapted from Neil Simon's play

1970

Won second Emmy for her performance in the TV-movie "The Neon Ceiling" (NBC)

1970

Co-starred with Peter Falk on Broadway in Neil Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue"

1969

Earned second Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination opposite Beau Bridges in "The Landlord"

1967

Had prominent role as the wife of murder victim in "In the Heat of the Night"; role revitalized her film career

1965

Joined the cast of the primetime soap "Peyton Place" (ABC); played Stella Chernik; won Emmy Award

1963

Won acclaim for her stage performance in the Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's "The Maids"

1959

Played Gittle Mosca in the Broadway production "Two for the Seesaw"

1953

Played Rose Peabody on the CBS daytime drama "Search for Tomorrow"

1951

Made feature acting debut reprising her stage role in "Detective Story"; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1949

Breakthrough stage role, "Detective Story"

1948

Broadway acting debut in "Joy to the World"

1943

Professional stage debut as understudy for the character of Ado Annie in the touring production of "Oklahoma!" (date approximate)

1938

Made member of American Ballet

1933

First stage performance at Metropolitan Opera

Continued to act in occasional features despite her blacklisting, (e.g., "Middle of the Night" 1959; "The Balcony" 1963)

Returned to NYC; acted in productions at the Mount Kisco Playhouse

Blacklisted when she refused to testify against her then-husband Arnold Manoff before the House Committee on Un-American Activities

Bonus Trivia

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Grant was interviewed for the American Movie Classics documentary "Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial" (1996).

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When asked by Anthony Duignan-Cabrera of People, "What has been the most lasting effect of the HUAC ordeal for you?"Grant replied: "The fear that you could open your mouth and destroy somebody was so unbearable, I still get blocked on names. I'll see someone that I've known all my life, and I won't know the person's name. I have such a problem that when I'm in a play, I have to write characters' names on my hands so I can remember them." – from People magazine, Feb. 26, 1996

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"A long, long time ago I was kid, and I realized that you are what you do. It's a very sick thing because it means that when you're not working, you're not being; it's not a healthy way to live." – Grant in VENICE, April 1996

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