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Celeste Holm

Actress

Born - 29 April 1917, New York City, USA
Died - 15 July 2012

Remembered as vivacious, sassy, sophisticated, wisecracking blondes - 'That's not me,' she once said - Holm was a character star who left an indelible impression in movies, despite preferring the stage and appearing in so few of them. Beginning on the Broadway stage in 1936, she was also a chirpy singer, and had one of her biggest hits as Ado Annie in the original version of Oklahoma! in 1943 - she later refused to play Aunt Eller in a revival. 20th Century-Fox signed her up when the war ended, and she won an Oscar in her third film, Gentleman's Agreement (1947), being nominated twice more after that, but returning to the stage after her contract ended in 1950. But most of her appearances were memorable, and she also made Three Little Girls in Blue (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), Come to the Stable (1949), Everybody Does It (1949), All About Eve (1950), The Tender Trap (1955), High Society (1956), Bachelor Flat (1961), Doctor, You've Got to be Kidding! (1967), Tom Sawyer (1973) and The Private Files of J Edgar Hoover (1977). Despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer's in her later years, she worked almost to the end: Still Breathing (1997), Alchemy (2005), Driving Me Crazy (2012) and College Debts (2013), her last. She was married five times, but principally to character actor Wesley Addy (1961 to his death in 1996), with whom she appeared frequently on stage. She died from heart problems.