Celeste Holm (1917-2012)
Celeste Holm’s passing this week was a particularly sad occasion. Yet another link to Hollywood past has gone with her. Beginning her movie career in the 1940s, Holm was already a star on Broadway, originating the role of Ado Annie in the stage production of Oklahoma! Once she settled in Hollywood, however, Holm stayed, working up until the end in film and television.
Whether playing the love interest (High Society), best friend (All About Eve), mom (Three Men and a Baby), aunt (Tom Sawyer), or grandmother, her presence would light up the screen. She could also take on the role of “the other woman,” as in her Oscar-winning performance in Gentleman’s Agreement or as the mysterious, unseen Addie Ross in A Letter to Three Wives. If you’re unfamiliar with the lovely, talented Celeste Holm, check out some of her films in our collection. I particularly recommend Gentleman’s Agreement and All About Eve.