Suicide blonde: the life of Gloria Grahame
Starring in such films as Crossfire and The Bad and the Beautiful, Gloria was a legend on screen as well as off. Here is her biography, a story of a self-destructive woman on a collision course with the stars and a vastly underrated classic actress who will never be forgotten. 30 black-and-white photos.
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When I am not devouring mysteries and police procedurals, I watch a lot of B&W movies from the 40's and 50's. There were some really great noir films in this period and one actress among my favorites, in these movies, is Gloria Grahame. Perhaps known as more of a supporting type than lead, she was nonetheless nominated twice for an Academy Award: for Crossfire, and for The Bad And the Beautiful (which she won). Some of her other works include: The Big Heat, In a Lonely Place, and Macao, as well as the classic It's a Wonderful Life. Of course no Hollywood star's biography would be complete without some salacious act or some form of controversy. Ms. Grahame garnered nationwide attention when she had an affair with her second husband's Nicholas Ray's 13 year old son Tony. She and Tony went on to marry and had two sons together. Oddly this marriage lasted the longest of all, about 14 years. She also had numerous surgeries on her mouth, supposedly to achieve the "perfect" look but succeeded in distorting her face, which in turn affected her voice. She died in 1981 at the age of 58. All controversy aside I never miss a chance to see one of her movies whenever I can.
Review: Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria GrahameUser Review - Goodreads
Bio of a "B" starlet famous for her noir roles and winning a best supporting actress Oscar - she lived the 40's/50's Hollywood cliche. Probably best known for marrying her step-son. Well researched but a little dry.