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Unique, magnetic and very talented
One of my very favorite actresses. Gloria Grahame had a one-of-a-kind screen presence. She had a broad range as an actress, and the ability to project several characteristic at once in her roles, the combinations making her unique. She projected a very strong and frequently aggressive sexuality, yet could be vulnerable and strangely innocent at the same time. She was often cast as a tough, wisecracking lawless dame, but often with a streak of goodness underneath. I agree with others who have stated how interesting it is to watch her change from role to role, and scene to scene, always with a strong intuitive sense of what was needed at the time. And she acted with her whole being, her facial and vocal expressions, and her entire body... she could dance, she could stand on an elephant (Greatest Show on Earth) and even ride a horse that jumped hedges (Not as a Stranger). Someone should make a film based upon her life, but I think the only actress who would have a shot at playing her is Annette Bening, who is now a bit old for the part.
Gloria Grahame truly "walked the walk." Her roles in movies was as her life-real. I'm sorry that she disliked her looks enough to result to surgery-she was beautiful. I look at her as a precursor to current actresses that spend all their money and time to obtain that same look. I will always be a fan of Gloria Grahame.
A great underrated one
- Maynard hamilton
A clsssic pouty beauty. Under rated but a top 5 favorite of mine
The Big Heat
I really liked her in "The Big Heat" with Glenn Ford and Lee Marvin. Classic film noir. In fact, I can't think of a role that she did that I didn't like.
Eyes of a Sorceress
I've been fascinated by Gloria Grahame since seeing her in a small role in a TV show from the '60s. She's a changeling, never looking or acting the same way from one role to the next. Even in small roles, she manages to upstage all other actors with her talent and strange allure. Absolutely underrated. Why no one has made a biopic of her is beyond me. But she's so unique, it's probably an impossible task to cast anyone to play her! DeMille summed her up best: "the manner of a schoolgirl, the eyes of a sorceress."
A fan of Gloria
- john morris
I too became a fan of Gloria Grahame after seeing her in The Greatest Show on Earth. I have made it a point over the years to see almost all of her films - on TCM and in the 1950s and 1960s as her films were new. She had a special and riveting screen presence. From what I have read she was a bit hard to work with and didn't try to become a major star on the order of Barbara Stanwyck or Claudette Colbert. But the work that she did complete is fantastic and always intriguing.
Actress with Captivating Mystique
I have watched and been a fan of Gloria Grahame since I was seven years old when I first saw her in DeMilles Greatest show on Earth as Angel, the elephant girl. Since then I have sought out other films she appeared in. I am delighted to see she will have her own day on TCM on August 13th, I plan to watch all her films. Thank you TCM for regognizing her special gifts as an actress.
The Intriguing Gloria Grahame
I have always been a fan of Gloria Grahame. She always puts an edge in her character. She has several memorable roles in her filmography such as Rosemary, her oscar winning performance in "The Bad and the Beautiful." The reason why I think people object to her winning was because she had a small part. However I think she earned her oscar because she stole the show in her scenes, she was funny and charming, and she had many roles before and after this film that should've been nominated. She was fortunate enough to play in steamy film noirs like "The Big Heat." I still found that film shocking and gritty today. She was not a complete good girl or bad girl. She'll have you guessing the whole film. Her Ado Annie in "Oklahoma" was so fun and spicy that I didn't care about sweet Laury. Today, I think her unconventional glamour, charm, and complex characters should be remembered today.
Loved Gloria Grahame
- Rich C
What a talented actress, truly a film noire femme fatale actress. Also she was great as Ado Annie in "Oklahoma".