Here is an extremely rare autographed one of a kind candid photo of actress Gloria Grahame. Gloria Grahame Hallward was born in Los Angeles, California. She was the daughter of Reginald Michael Bloxam Hallward (known as Michael Hallward), an English architect, and Jean MacDougall, a Scottish actress and acting coach, whose stage name was Jean Grahame (her mother’s maiden name). Descended from royalty — King Edward III through her father’s side — she was bred for acting at an early age. She quit Hollywood High School just short of graduation to join a touring show called “Good Night Ladies”. Later she appeared in a couple of Broadway plays, where she was spotted by MGM studio chief Louis B. Grahame’s first role was that of Sally Murfin in Blonde Fever (1944), but it was a few years later that her role as Violet in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) set her apart from other actresses. She played the part of the local temptress who sets her sights on James Stewart, and was done for Columbia while she was on loan out from MGM. After appearances in such films as It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) and Song of the Thin Man (1947), she hit pay-dirt as Ginny Tremaine in Crossfire (1947) for RKO. This was the film that would shoot her into super-stardom. She was nominated for an Academy Award but lost out to Celeste Holm for Gentleman’s Agreement (1947). After another stellar performance in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Grahame was nominated for yet another Oscar in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), in which she played Rosemary Bartlow, the ill-fated wife of a novelist turned screenwriter, opposite Dick Powell. Her performance was absolutely outstanding, and this time she took home the Oscar. The film itself won four additional awards, making it the year’s most honored movie. That same year saw her star in Macao (1952) and Sudden Fear (1952), both very well received. The 1950s was a wonderful decade for Grahame, as she appeared in several more hits, including the epic musical Oklahoma! (1955), although she reportedly did not get along with her co-stars and her behavior was such that her film career began slowing down. She made Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), her last film until Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966). She suffered through another paucity of roles until she landed a part in The Todd Killings (1971). Grahame was not idle during this period, however. She went back to stage work and did guest appearances on TV. She ultimately made it back to the screen, but the films were not particularly well received (or up to her previous standards). Her last two films were Melvin and Howard (1980) and The Nesting (1981). She was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 1975. Three years later, she moved to England, where she kept busy working. In 1980, however, she was re-diagnosed with a different type of cancer. She refused treatment and wanted to stay in England to remain with her almost three decades younger partner, Peter Turner, and his family in Liverpool. However, after Turner informed her children of her impending death, two of these flew to England to retrieve her. She died several hours the same day, October 5, 1981, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, from stomach cancer and peritonitis at the age of 57. She was, without a doubt, one of the finest actresses ever to grace the screen. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Autographs-Original\Movies\Photographs”. The seller is “pengang” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Object Type: Photograph
- Industry: Movies