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Gloria Grahame (1923–1981)

Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever (1944) was auspicious, but her first public recognition came on ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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It's a Wonderful Life
Oklahoma! Ado Annie
In a Lonely Place
In a Lonely Place Laurel Gray
The Big Heat
The Big Heat Debby Marsh


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 1980-1984 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Olivia / Gladys
- Sauce for the Goose (1984) ... Olivia
- Depart in Peace (1980) ... Gladys
 1981 The Nesting
Florinda Costello
 1981 Mr. Griffin and Me (TV Movie)
Mara Emerson
 1980 Melvin and Howard
Mrs. Sisk
 1978/II The Dancing Princesses (TV Movie)
 1977 Kojak (TV Series)
- Sister Maria (1977) ... Helen
 1977 Seventh Avenue (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Moll
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... Moll
 1976 Mansion of the Doomed
 1974 Mama's Dirty Girls
Mama Love
 1974 The Girl on the Late, Late Show (TV Movie)
Carolyn Parker
 1973 The Magician
 1972 The Loners
 1971 Chandler
 1971 Black Noon (TV Movie)
 1971 The Todd Killings
Mrs. Roy
 1971 Escape (TV Movie)
Evelyn Harrison
 1971 Blood and Lace
Mrs. Deere
 1970 Mannix (TV Series)
Mae Darling
- Duet for Three (1970) ... Mae Darling
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Madame Noh
- The Takeover (1970) ... Madame Noh
 1970 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
- Perilous Passage (1970) ... Molly
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Rita Talbot
- Appointment with an Epitaph (1967) ... Rita Talbot
 1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance
Bonnie Shelley
 1964-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Doris Landers / Helen Dekker
- Who Killed the Rabbit's Husband? (1965) ... Doris Landers
- Who Killed April? (1964) ... Helen Dekker
 1964 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Dorina Pruitt
- The Homecoming (1964) ... Dorina Pruitt
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Florinda Patten
- The Guests (1964) ... Florinda Patten
 1964 Grindl (TV Series)
Olive York
- Dial G for Grindl (1964) ... Olive York
 1962 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Rita Bain
- Too Many Strangers (1962) ... Rita Bain
 1961 The New Breed (TV Series)
Nurse Nora Springer
- Blood Money (1961) ... Nurse Nora Springer
 1961 Harrigan and Son (TV Series)
Lee Ann Fondan
- My Fair Lawyer (1961) ... Lee Ann Fondan
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Elena Carlisle
- Don't Let It Throw You (1961) ... Elena Carlisle
 1959 Odds Against Tomorrow
 1957 Ride Out for Revenge
Amy Porter
 1956 The Man Who Never Was
Lucy Sherwood
 1955 Not as a Stranger
Harriet Lang
 1955 The Cobweb
Karen McIver
 1954 Naked Alibi
 1954 Human Desire
Vicki Buckley
 1953 Prisoners of the Casbah
Princess Nadja / Yasmin
 1953 Man on a Tightrope
Zama Cernik
 1953 The Glass Wall
Maggie Summers
 1952 Macao
 1949 Roughshod
Mary Wells
 1949 A Woman's Secret
Susan Caldwell
 1947 Song of the Thin Man
Fran Ledue Page
 1947 Crossfire
 1945 Without Love
Flower Girl
 1944 Blonde Fever
Sally Murfin
 1944 My Heart Tells Me (Short) (uncredited)
 1944 Polka Dot Polka (Short)
Pretty Girl (uncredited)
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Made Broadway debut in "The World's Full of Girls" produced and directed by Jed Harris on Dec. 6 at the Royale Theater. It only ran nine performances. See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 9 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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I don't think I ever understood Hollywood. Whatever they told me to do, I did. I went to the studio in the morning, stayed on the set all day, then went home, and ate my dinner, and studied my part, and went to sleep. See more »


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. See more »


She often played floozies with a heart of gold See more »

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