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Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm dies at 95
AP via CBS ^ | July 15, 2012 | AP

Posted on 07/15/2012 12:24:34 PM PDT by John W

NEW YORK - Celeste Holm, a versatile, bright-eyed blonde who soared to Broadway fame in "Oklahoma!" and won an Oscar in "Gentleman's Agreement" but whose last years were filled with financial difficulty and estrangement from her sons, died Sunday, a relative said. She was 95.

In a career that spanned more than half a century, Holm played everyone from 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 won the Academy Award in 1947 for best supporting actress for her performance in "Gentlemen's Agreement" and received Oscar nominations for "Come to the Stable" (1949) and "All About Eve" (1950).

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KEYWORDS: academyawards; broadway; celesteholm; cinema; film; gentlemansagreement; movies; obituary; oklahoma; oscars

1 posted on 07/15/2012 12:24:36 PM PDT by John W
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 07/15/2012 12:28:12 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: John W

Sad. My favorite film that she was in is “High Society” with Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend it.

RIP Celeste.


3 posted on 07/15/2012 12:28:26 PM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: John W

Who could forget Celeste’s riveting performance in the classic film noir “The Love Boat II?”

Students of film, and film critics will take a century or so to deconstruct and perhaps begin to understand “The Love Boat II.”


4 posted on 07/15/2012 12:36:48 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: melissa_in_ga

Mine too. “Who wants to be a millionaire?”

RIP


5 posted on 07/15/2012 12:46:51 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: John W

She used to have a summer home here in NW NJ. I would see her in the checkout line at Shop Rite.

RIP Celeste.


6 posted on 07/15/2012 1:02:54 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: John W

Glenda, the Good Witch


7 posted on 07/15/2012 1:06:55 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: John W
Celeste Holm Pictures


8 posted on 07/15/2012 1:08:15 PM PDT by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland
I would see her in the checkout line at Shop Rite.

She ended up a supermarket cashier? Poor Celeste.

9 posted on 07/15/2012 1:09:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Uncle Slayton
Students of film, and film critics will take a century or so to deconstruct and perhaps begin to understand “The Love Boat II.”

I am afraid Miss Holm's brilliance in the role will be lost in the shadows of artistes Robert (Mr. Brady) Reed, Bert "Love Connection" Convy and Ken "Mayberry RFD" Barry. So much talent can be overwhelming.
10 posted on 07/15/2012 1:09:36 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana
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To: Revolting cat!

No...she was ahead of me, paying for her purchases. :)


11 posted on 07/15/2012 1:12:48 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Revolting cat!

No...she was ahead of me, paying for her purchases. :)


12 posted on 07/15/2012 1:13:02 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: John W

I don’t remember her in “Gentlemen’s Agreement”. That could well be because Gregory Peck’s sanctimony sent me into a diabetic shock, and I don’t even have diabetes.


13 posted on 07/15/2012 1:13:06 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana
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To: John W

I loved Celeste Holm. She always had class. I remember her from All About Eve and High Society.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG6UllZwj9c


14 posted on 07/15/2012 1:17:46 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Jemian
Glenda, the Good Witch

I always thought that was Billie Burke.

15 posted on 07/15/2012 1:18:28 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: John W

In my mind she will always be the beautiful farmer’s daughter who couldn’t say no either to the Persian Peddler or her cowboy fiancee.


16 posted on 07/15/2012 1:18:44 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: alice_in_bubbaland
She used to have a summer home here in NW NJ. I would see her in the checkout line at Shop Rite.

I saw her at some fundraiser or get-together a few years back, and was struck by how deeply unhappy she seemed to be. The sadness and pain in her eyes was absolutely haunting.

May her soul be at peace with the Lord.

17 posted on 07/15/2012 1:18:44 PM PDT by Lady Lucky (If you believe what you're saying, quit making taxable income.)
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To: John W

In my mind she will always be the beautiful farmer’s daughter who couldn’t say no either to the Persian Peddler or her cowboy fiancee.


18 posted on 07/15/2012 1:19:14 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: melissa_in_ga

I had to run her in IMDB to see if I remembered right and she was in Chapmagne For Caesar. It is a really funny Vincent Price movie.


19 posted on 07/15/2012 1:19:27 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Jemian
Glinda the Good Witch of the North was played by Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke.


20 posted on 07/15/2012 1:24:28 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

I was wrong. I’ve asked the mods to remove my post.


21 posted on 07/15/2012 1:35:15 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: Uncle Slayton; Dr. Sivana

She was a respected actress who took the jobs she was offered in her last working years.

So did Gloria Swanson, who did a TV movie about killer bees.

Doesn’t diminish their contribution to American movies.

Bet you guys laugh and point at Wal-Mart greeters, too.

Cue FReepers spraining their fingers to type “Lighten up, Francis” in three... two... one...


22 posted on 07/15/2012 1:55:26 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: Uncle Slayton; Dr. Sivana

She was a respected actress who took the jobs she was offered in her last working years.

So did Gloria Swanson, who did a TV movie about killer bees.

Doesn’t diminish their contribution to American movies.

Bet you guys laugh and point at Wal-Mart greeters, too.

Cue FReepers spraining their fingers to type “Lighten up, Francis” in three... two... one...


23 posted on 07/15/2012 1:55:45 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: Blue Ink; Dr. Sivana

Thanks, I was unaware that Celeste worked as a greeter at the Fantasy Island Walmart.


24 posted on 07/15/2012 2:19:08 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Blue Ink

I didn’t mean it as a dig at Celeste Holm, I was just playing along with the humor of Love Boat II being taken as a deep, multi-layered film, worthy of critical examination. I was hoping that my statement that she was overshadowed by the likes of Bert Convy to be not a dig at Miss Holm, but at the cheesiness of the TV movie.

My comment regarding “Gentlemen’s Agreement” was serious, however; the script, and Gregory Peck’s acting had the subtlety of a pneumatic drill. It is in the same league with “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, except that the latter suffers from a horrible acting job by Katherine Hepburn’s niece whose bad acting was all the more apparent when contrasted with Tracy/Hepburn/Poitier.

Returning to Miss Holm, she was a semi-regular on “I Love Lucy”. That was a show that never had a bad regular. Lucy and Desi had an eye for talent. Holm was fine in “Champagne for Caesar” and “High Society”, and everyone was VG in “All About Eve” (Marulyn Monroe was the weakest actress in that flick, though she brought something else to it).

Celeste Holm was a fine actress, and I no more consider her talent less for doing TV movies than I do Bela Lugosi for working with Ed Wood, the Marx Brothers for “Love Happy” George Lucas for his last ten movies.


25 posted on 07/15/2012 2:55:47 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana
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To: Blue Ink
I've played for 72,000 people. I've played many a gig with various 'has-beens'. I'm on about a dozen CDs. None of which I own.

There's not going to be a national story when I die, and there shouldn't be. This lady received an Oscar. If I'd received a Grammy, and I shouldn't have, I hope people wouldn't mock me the way they are this lady.

26 posted on 07/15/2012 3:01:32 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Proud to have been beat up and shot by the late Paul Gomez. RIP, 'Gnomez'.)
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To: melissa_in_ga

“All about Eve” wonderful film as well.


27 posted on 07/15/2012 3:13:30 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: BipolarBob
Loved the film and Miss Holm. Celeste Holm was a class act and an excellent actress. She didn't have to drop her neckline to her waist, or wear the hem of her dresses up to her behind, as these “women” do today. Today's women dress like sluts...hopefully the pendulum will swing back to classy women who know how to dress. There is classy sex appeal, and then thre is skank appeal. These uninformed women today just don't know the difference, nor do they seem to care.
28 posted on 07/15/2012 3:54:46 PM PDT by itssme
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To: BipolarBob
Loved the film and Miss Holm. Celeste Holm was a class act and an excellent actress. She didn't have to drop her neckline to her waist, or wear the hem of her dresses up to her behind, as these “women” do today. Today's women dress like sluts...hopefully the pendulum will swing back to classy women who know how to dress. There is classy sex appeal, and then there is skank appeal. These uninformed women today just don't know the difference, nor do they seem to care.
29 posted on 07/15/2012 3:55:00 PM PDT by itssme
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To: itssme
"These uninformed women today just don't know the difference, nor do they seem to care."

I agree wholeheartedly. We need to get back to class and dignity.
Grace Kelly had it, Jackie Onassis had it, Nancy Reagan had it, Laura Bush had it, Moo(never mind)...........
I think it kinda stopped there.

30 posted on 07/15/2012 4:15:36 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: Jemian

I think you are thinking of her role as the Fairy Godmother in the TV version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. My sister and I were enthralled with that show when it aired in the 60’s. This morning when I heard she had passed I immediately thought of her singing, “It’s Possible.” with Lesley Ann Warren. She was great. Boy that was a long time ago.


31 posted on 07/15/2012 4:23:56 PM PDT by nicksaunt
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To: itssme

That is exactly how I think of her as well. Like you, I absolutely LOVED that musical. One of the best memories from the 60’s.


32 posted on 07/15/2012 4:27:09 PM PDT by bonfire
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To: John W

She had a great run and, I pray, good health, an intact mind and an easy passage. She was truly a class act. R.I.P.


33 posted on 07/15/2012 4:45:59 PM PDT by Postman (It's time again: US out of the UN. UN out of the US. US out of the US of 0)
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To: nicksaunt

I remember her from Cinderella.I first thought of Wizard of Oz, too. Was it the similarity in costumes that confused us?


34 posted on 07/15/2012 5:30:59 PM PDT by madison10
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To: John W

Wow. Never heard of any of those movies. Oklahoma as a play that was done at one of the high schools. Love Boat and Fantasy Island I heard of. That is it. Although I wish her family and friends the best and also for her to be immediately placed in the arms of Christ.


35 posted on 07/15/2012 5:49:06 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Jemian

Glenda, the Good Witch

Was that her? If that is the case then I have seen her in a movie...Wizard of Oz I did see awhile back.


36 posted on 07/15/2012 5:50:53 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

No.


37 posted on 07/15/2012 6:05:22 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: napscoordinator

Oklahoma was a great movie.

She played Ado Annie, a pretty but not too bright girl who liked boys a bit too much.


38 posted on 07/15/2012 6:47:49 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Jemian

She was the fairy godmother in Rogers&Hamerstein’s TV version of Cinderella. I remember that show from childhood, but you rarely if ever see a rerun.


39 posted on 07/15/2012 8:05:18 PM PDT by virgil
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

It was. :)


40 posted on 07/15/2012 8:10:49 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: John W

Still a lovely lady at 95! Always admired her! May she rest in peace...


41 posted on 07/15/2012 8:12:02 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: John W

RIP.


42 posted on 07/15/2012 8:34:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: virgil

I loved that version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtFhREtPdiE

Thanks for the memories, Celeste Holm.

RIP


43 posted on 07/15/2012 9:29:44 PM PDT by OhioBuckeye ("Here sir, the people govern." - Alexander Hamilton)
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To: melissa_in_ga

One of my favorite roles she played in film was as Aunt Polly in “Tom Sawyer”! This one came out in late 60s-early 1970s, and starred young Johnny Whittiker (”Family Affair”)(sp?), and a very young Jodie Foster!


44 posted on 07/15/2012 10:59:33 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: dsutah

Also, I seem to remember that she played the Fairy Godmother in Rogers and Hammerstein’s (1967-68 version)”Cinderella”. That’s another one I enjoyed watching her in! I also remember her playing Ted Danson’s mom in “Three Men And A Baby”, and the grandma character in tv’s “Promised Land” some years back!


45 posted on 07/15/2012 11:04:56 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: yorkie
You named a few very classy women...the Mooch on the other hand, is just that, a mooch. Bo (short for barack oboma) the dog has more class than these two.
46 posted on 07/15/2012 11:57:11 PM PDT by itssme
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To: melissa_in_ga

Yep. Good movie, but you left out Louis Armstrong and his All Stars. I knew those guys way back when. That bus would be parked outside the Riviera Ballroom in Lake Geneva, WI during their shows. I met Trummy & Ed Hall during a break my first time there, and they introduced me to Louis. Through 3 more years they always had time for me, a young kid.


47 posted on 07/16/2012 5:48:14 AM PDT by bcsco
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