celeste holm

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT3

November 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

  CELESTE HOLM as Liz Imbrie with Frank Sinatra  in High Society (1956)   Celeste and husband Frank Basile Although Celeste Holm appeared in some wonderful movies, even winning a Supporting Actress Oscar for Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), she much preferred stage work and returned there at every opportunity. Indeed, it was she who originated the role of boy-crazy Ado Annie in the Broadway [...]

THE ‘GOOD GAL’ ACTRESSES.

September 29, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Selecting the 20 actresses that I felt might be really likeable, decent people to get to know, proved to be far more difficult than choosing the men. Why? Because I had to differentiate between likeability and desirability, a problem that never reared its head with the men. Each time I selected an actress for the list I had to remind myself that this was not a list of screen goddesses, [...]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT3.

March 17, 2018 // 3 Comments

In the 1955 Hitchcock picture To Catch a Thief, there is a scene in which John Robie (Cary Grant) is discussing the cook’s ‘sensitive hands’ with an insurance agent and casually mentions that those hands once strangled a German general without a sound. For German audiences, however, the words were changed and he tells the man she had once caught a lion escaped from a circus with her bare [...]

The loves in the life of Marilyn Monroe Pt.3

April 14, 2016 // 3 Comments

  In 1955 the director of On the Waterfront and Gentleman’s Agreement, Elia Kazan, wrote a letter of confession to his wife, apologizing for having an affair with Marilyn Monroe in 1950, just after her agent Johnny Hyde had passed away. Kazan came across her when she was distraught and sobbing with grief over the loss of her close friend and occasional lover. He said he felt enormous [...]

Great character actors Pt 2.

March 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

    Celeste Holm was, in my opinion the most likeable of all the character actors down through the decades, although I am willing to admit that this may very well have had a lot to do with the kind of characters she invariably played. She was a kind of more sophisticated version of Eve Arden whom I shall get to later in this series, a wise-cracking, honest, self-deprecating woman of the [...]