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Celeste Holm


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In the era of the studio system, Celeste Holm was a movie star under contract to Twentieth Century-Fox. The New York stage actress quickly catapulted into the spotlight with celebrated motion picture performances in what are now feature film classics.

Ms. Holm garnered both an Oscar and Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actress for her critically acclaimed performance in "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947) starring Gregory Peck. Two other nods followed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. One for a stupendous performance in Joseph Mankiewicz's brilliant multiple Academy award-winning "All About Eve" (in which she portrayed Bette Davis' best friend,) the other for her portrayal of a nun in "Come To The Stable."

Celeste co-starred with the best talent in Hollywood. As well as working with Gregory Peck and Bette Davis she worked in films with Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Marilyn Monroe among others. She starred with Frank Sinatra in two classic Hollywood musicals, "The Tender Trap" and "High Society." She continued acting in features and on a more contemporary note, portrayed Ted Danson's mother, Mrs. Holden, in "Three Men and A Baby."

Ms. Holm received an Emmy nomination for her performance in the miniseries, "Backstairs at the White House." She has worked in television since the 1950s appearing on numerous network series, miniseries, specials and TV-movies. Notable TV work includes her own series, "Honestly Celeste," in which she portrayed a New York reporter, "Nancy," "Jessie," Falcon Crest," "Christine Cromwell," "Delphi Bureau" and "Loving," "Polly," "Still Breathing,""Home of the Brave," "The Hollywood Fashion Machine," and "Marilyn, Beyond The Legend." She co-starred on "Promised Land" as Hattie Greene, Gerald McRaney's mother and recently completed filming "The Beat."

The New York actress was working in theater by age nineteen as an understudy and quickly moved to starring roles playing Ado Annie in the original 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein production of "Oklahoma." Throughout her career she continually turned to the stage. She starred as Anna in "The King and I" and the title role in "Mame. She continues to magnetize cameras and audiences some fifty years later.

Celeste Holm is an intelligent and graceful actress and lifelong champion of the arts. She has served as the President of the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center since 1978. She served as chair of the New Jersey Film Commission, on the board of the Actor's Fund, as a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and as chairman of Arts Horizon, a nonprofit enrichment program with an outreach to a half-million children in New York and New Jersey. The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has paid special tribute to her contributions to the industry.

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