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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameLyova Haskell Rosenthal
Height 5' 3¾" (1.62 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee made her stage debut at age 4 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, playing the abducted princess in "L'Orocolo". After graduating from high school, she won a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, where she studied acting with Sanford Meisner. When she was a teenager Grant established herself as a formidable Broadway talent when she won The Critics' Circle Award for her portrayal of the shoplifter in "Detective Story". She reprised the role in the film version (Detective Story (1951), a performance that garnered her the Cannes Film Festival Citation for Best Actress as well as her first Academy Award Nomination. Immediately following her screen debut, however, Lee became a victim of the McCarthy-era blacklists in which actors, writers, directors, etc., were persecuted for supposedly "Communist" or "progressive" political beliefs, whether they had them or not. Except for an occasional role, she did not work in film or television for 10 years. In 1966 Lee re-started her acting career in the TV series Peyton Place (1964), for which she won an Emmy Award as Stella Chernak, and she later garnered her first Academy Award for Shampoo (1975), also receiving Academy Award nominations for The Landlord (1970) and Voyage of the Damned (1976). Since 1980 Lee has been concentrating on her directorial career, which began as part of the Women's Project at The Americal Film Institute (AFI); her adaptation of August Strindberg's, "Stronger, The" was consequently selected as one of the 10 best films ever produced for AFI. In 1987 she received an Academy Award for the HBO documentary, Down and Out in America (1986) and directed Nobody's Child (1986) for CBS, for which she received the Directors Guild Award. In 1983 she received the Congressional Arts Caucus Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting and Independent Filmmaking. Subsequently, Women in Film paid tribute to her in 1989, with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Both the New York City Council and the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors have recognized Ms. Grant for the contribution her films have made to the fight against domestic violence.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Collins II <garyrick96@hotmail.com>

Spouse (2)

Joseph Feury (1962 - present)
Arnold Manoff (1951 - 1960) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

New York City accent
Her deep, sexy voice
Her youthful appearance
Red hair

Trivia (17)

Mother of Dinah Manoff.
Was blacklisted in 1951 by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) for refusing to testify against her husband, blacklisted playwright/screenwriter Arnold Manoff. As a result, she got very little work for about 12 years.
Turned down the role of Dorothy in The Golden Girls (1985) because she didn't want to play a grandmother.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Revealed in 1978, along with many other actresses, that she had undergone an abortion early in her career.
Has three grandsons: Dashiell (b. 1997), Oliver (b. 2002), and Desi (b. 2002) via her daughter Dinah Manoff.
Was 3 months pregnant with her daughter Dinah Manoff when she completed her run of the Broadway play "A Hole in the Head".
Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
Was the 76th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Shampoo (1975) at The 48th Annual Academy Awards (1976) on March 29, 1976.
On the August 3, 2014 broadcast of CBS News Sunday Morning (1979), Grant admitted to having her first face lift at age 30.
On the August 3, 2014 broadcast of CBS News Sunday Morning (1979), Grant stated that she now has five grandchildren. She did not say whether any of those were step-grandchildren.
Declined the lead role that ultimately went to Bea Arthur on The Golden Girls (1985). Grant's daughter Dinah Manoff went on to co-star as Carol Weston in Empty Nest (1988), a direct spin-off of The Golden Girls, and guest starred on The Golden Girls twice as the same character.
The William Wyler version of Wuthering Heights (1939) is her favorite movie.
As of 2016 she is the 5th earliest surviving recipient of a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, behind only Olivia de Havilland, Angela Lansbury, Ann Blyth and Nancy Olson. She was nominated in early 1952 for Detective Story (1951).
According to her autobiography "I Said Yes to Everything", Grant lost her virginity at age 17 to an Irish dancer named Buster Burnell in August 1943.

Personal Quotes (5)

Many of the things I accomplished in life are because I was dead set on proving somebody wrong.
The Oscar has endured because of our yearning for excellence. Getting one is like being appointed valedictorian from the bottom of the class. The "outs", like me, get their moment to be "in", for as long as it lasts.
[Academy Award acceptance speech]: Thank you. I really must have wanted, otherwise: Why would I worn all wedding dress? (laughter from the audience) I think we had a fight twenty years ago (referring to her being blacklisted), but he's changed, I know I haven't. But I would like to thank the artistic community for sustaining me in my wins and losses and sitting on the curb, whatever it was. I don't think there is an award for what Warren Beatty had to do to get Shampoo on, but I respect him and love him, and Robert Towne, and my director Hal Ashby who encourages an actor to fly without a net because you know that he's there to catch you. Thank you.
Documentaries give you the arrogant privilege of opening someone's door and exposing the real person. The people in my films were involved with issues so important to them that they decided (a documentary) was the only way they could reach out and tell the world what was happening to them.
I was married to a Marxist and I was married to a fascist, and neither one of them ever took out the garbage.

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