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Gloria Grahame

Best known for her portrayal of irresistible femmes fatale in films such as The Big Heat, and The Bad and the Beautiful.

Gloria Grahame

Filmography

1944      

Blonde Fever

Without Love

 

1946      

It’s a Wonderful Life

 

1947      

It Happened in Brooklyn

Crossfire

Song of the Thin Man

Merton of the Movies

 

1949      

A Woman’s Secret

Roughshod

 

1950      

In a Lonely Place

 

1952      

The Greatest Show on Earth

Macao

Sudden Fear

The Bad and the Beautiful

 

1953      

The Glass Wall

Man on a Tightrope

The Big Heat

Prisoners of the Casbah

 

1954      

Human Desire

Naked Alibi

The Good Die Young

 

1955      

The Cobweb

Not as a Stranger

Oklahoma!

 

1956      

The Man Who Never Was

 

1957      

Ride Out for Revenge

 

1959      

Odds Against Tomorrow

 

1966      

Ride Beyond Vengeance

 

1971      

Blood and Lace

The Todd Killings

Chandler

 

1972      

The Loners

 

1973      

Tarot

 

1974      

Mama’s Dirty Girls

 

1976      

Mansion of the Doomed

 

1979      

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Head Over Heels

 

1980      

Melvin and Howard

 

1982      

The Nesting

Awards

Gloria Grahame was nominated for a Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award twice and won once.

It wasn’t the way I looked at a man, it was the thought behind it. ~ Gloria Grahame

Grahame was born Gloria Grahame Hallward in Los Angeles, California on November 28, 1923. Her father, Reginald Michael Bloxam Hallward, was an architect and author; her mother, Jeanne McDougall, who used the stage name Jean Grahame, was a British stage actress and acting teacher. During Gloria’s childhood and adolescence, her mother taught her acting. Grahame attended Hollywood High School before dropping out to pursue acting.

Grahame was signed to a contract with MGM Studios under her professional name after Louis B. Mayer saw her performing on Broadway for several years.

Grahame made her film debut in Blonde Fever (1944) and then scored one of her most widely praised roles as the flirtatious Violet Bick, saved from disgrace by George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). MGM was not able to develop her potential as a star and her contract was sold to RKO Studios in 1947.

Grahame was often featured in film noir pictures as a tarnished beauty with an irresistible sexual allure. During this time, she made films for several Hollywood studios. She received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Crossfire (1947).