Actress Celeste Holm Dies At 95
Celeste Holm, a character actress who won an Academy Award for her 1948 role in Gentleman's Agreeement, which also starred Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire and won both Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for Elia Kazan in its year, died at the age of 95 after suffering a heart attack and being treated for dehydration last week.
In addition to her Oscar-winning Gentleman's Agreement role, Holm played pivotal roles in such iconic films as The Snake Pit with Olivia de Havilland, High Society with Frank Sinatra, Come to the Stable with Loretta Young, and All About Eve with Bette Davis — the last two of which also earned Holm Oscar nominations.
Holm, a Brooklyn native, also had a productive theatre career, starring in such productions as Oklahoma!, The King and I, Mame and Anna Christie in the '50s and '60s, reports the New York Times. Holm, who loved to work, kept taking film roles all the way up unto her death. She portrayed Ted Danson's mother in 1987's 3 Men and a Baby and currently has two films in post-production, Driving Me Crazy and College Debt.
Holm had five marriages, most brief, in her repertoire, the longest to actor Wesley Addy, whom she was with from 1961 until his death in 1996. In 2004 she married a singer 45 years younger than she, Mr. Basile. Basile and Holm's two sons, Theodor Nelson and Daniel Dunning — from her first and third marriages, respectively, survive her.
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