celeste holm has died. she was born april 29, 1917 which made her 95 years-old. the national turk reports:
A bright-eyed blonde who soared to Broadway production of the musical Oklahoma! and won an Oscar for best supporting actress in the landmark movie drama ’ Gentleman’s Agreement ‘ – Celeste Holm has died at the age of 95.
Celeste Holm first major Broadway role came in a 1940 revival of ‘ The Time of Your Life ‘, co-starring fellow newcomer Gene Kelly, and by 1943 she had earned wide recognition portraying Ado Annie – the girl who just can’t say no in ’ Oklahoma! ‘ to a worldly theatrical agent in the 1991 comedy ‘ I Hate Hamlet ‘ to guest star turns on TV shows such as Fantasy Island and Love Boat II to Bette Davis’ best friend in All About Eve.
she played karen, margot channing's best friend, in 'all about eve.' but she was not bette davis' friend off the set. bette davis hated celeste holm and usually referred to her as 'that bitch.'
i almost took bette davis on as a client when i was doing p.r. in los angeles. i had met her through c.i. since c.i. knew her and liked her, i figured i should get c.i.'s input. it was, 'bette's great to be friends with but i bet she would be hell to work for.' i checked around and she was.
but she was also usually very astute when it came to deciphering character. and i have always believed she was right about celeste.
via wikipedia, here are the films she made:
- Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)
- Carnival in Costa Rica (1947)
- Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
- Road House (1948)
- The Snake Pit (1948)
- Chicken Every Sunday (1949)
- A Letter to Three Wives (1949); voiceover as "Addie Ross"
- Come to the Stable (1949)
- Everybody Does It (1949)
- Champagne for Caesar (1950)
- All About Eve (1950)
- The Tender Trap (1955)
- High Society (1956)
- Bachelor Flat (1962)
- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965)
- Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! (1967)
- Tom Sawyer (1973)
- Bittersweet Love (1976)
- The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)
- Backstairs at the White House (1979)
- The Shady Hill Kidnapping (1982); teleplay by John Cheever
- Three Men and a Baby (1987)
- Once You Meet a Stranger (1996)
- Still Breathing (1997)
- Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003); documentary
- Alchemy (2005)
i was not a big fan of her acting overall but did think she did a great - not good, great - job as anna rossini on 'falcon crest.' lana turner, for example, came on the show with a huge press build up and never lived up to it. tv guide seemed to be the only periodical interested in celeste holm appearing on 'falcon crest' before her storyline began but as soon as it did, she got a lot of press attention. that's because she delivered in the role in a way few guest stars ever do.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'