Oscar-Winning Actress Dies

Jul 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A veteran film and TV actress who won an Academy Award for "Gentleman’s Agreement" in 1947 has died, reports CNN.com. Celeste Holm was 95.

Holm shifted to television after buying out her Fox contract following the 1950 film "All About Eve," and went on to appear” in her own series "Honestly, Celeste!" in 1954 and in dozens of other series. Her last TV credit was an episode of "Whoopi" in 2004. She is known for her role as the Fairy Godmother in Rogers and Hammerstein’s 1965 TV series "Cinderella."

After starting in show business with a touring production of "Hamlet," Holm debuted on Broadway in 1939 with "The Time of Your Life." She signed a contract with 20th Century-Fox, starting her film career in 1945.

"Her official biography said she was challenged in ‘finding parts appropriate for this intelligent blonde who didn’t fit their Betty Grable “pin-up girl” mold,’" according to the story.

Holm was nominated for two Emmys, in 1968 for “Insight” and in 1979 for “Backstairs at the White House,” and for a Daytime Emmy in 1987 for “Loving.” In addition to her Oscar, she won a Golden Globe for her supporting role in “Gentleman’s Agreement.” She was nominated for two other Oscars, for “Come to the Stable” in 1950 and “All About Eve” in 1951.

celeste-holm.jpgCeleste Holm

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