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Also Known As: Shirley Grayson, Shirley Crossman Died: August 7, 1985
Born: September 18, 1923 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor

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Actor Grayson Hall appeared on the big screen many times over the course of his Hollywood career. In 1961, he had a featured role in the Broadway musical "Subways Are For Sleeping." In 1953, he made her professional acting debut billed as Shirley Grayson in "Man and Superman." In 1961, he spent one season acting with the Hedgerow Theater in Pennsylvania. Hall's talent was recognized early on when he received a nomination for a best supporting actress Golden Globe Award for "The Night of the Iguana" in 1964 for his incredible performance. His passion for acting continued to his roles in projects like "Adam at 6 A.M." (1970), the Jonathan Frid horror film "House of Dark Shadows" (1970) and "The End of the Road" (1970). He also was featured in the TV movies "Gargoyles" (CBS, 1972-73) and "The Great Ice Rip-Off" (ABC, 1974-75). Hall more recently appeared in "Robbers, Rooftops and Witches" (CBS, 1981-82). Hall was married to Sam Hall and had one child. Hall passed away in August 1985 at the age of 62.

Actor Grayson Hall appeared on the big screen many times over the course of his Hollywood career. In 1961, he had a featured role in the Broadway musical "Subways Are For Sleeping." In 1953, he made her professional acting debut billed as Shirley Grayson in "Man and Superman." In 1961, he spent one season acting with the Hedgerow Theater in Pennsylvania. Hall's talent was recognized early on when he received a nomination for a best supporting actress Golden Globe Award for "The Night of the Iguana" in 1964 for his incredible performance. His passion for acting continued to his roles in projects like "Adam at 6 A.M." (1970), the Jonathan Frid horror film "House of Dark Shadows" (1970) and "The End of the Road" (1970). He also was featured in the TV movies "Gargoyles" (CBS, 1972-73) and "The Great Ice Rip-Off" (ABC, 1974-75). Hall more recently appeared in "Robbers, Rooftops and Witches" (CBS, 1981-82). Hall was married to Sam Hall and had one child. Hall passed away in August 1985 at the age of 62.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Great Ice Rip-Off, The (1974) Helen Calso
2.
 Gargoyles (1972) Mrs Parks
3.
 Night of Dark Shadows (1971) Carlotta Drake
4.
 Adam at 6 A.M. (1970) Inez Treadley
5.
 House of Dark Shadows (1970) Dr. Julia Hoffman
6.
 End of the Road (1970) Peggy Rankin
7.
 That Darn Cat (1965) Margaret Miller
8.
 The Night of the Iguana (1964) Judith Fellowes
9.
 Satan in High Heels (1962) Pepe
10.
 Robbers, Rooftops and Witches (1982) Mrs Maloney
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1953:
Made her professional acting debut billed as Shirley Grayson in "Man and Superman"
1960:
Changed billing to Grayson Hall; featured in NYC production of Jean Genet's "The Balcony"
1961:
Spent one season acting with the Hedgerow Theater in Pennsylvania
1961:
Had a featured role in the Broadway musical "Subways Are For Sleeping"
1962:
Film acting debut, "Satan in High Heels"
1964:
Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as a closeted lesbian schoolteacher in "The Night of the Iguana"
1965:
Acted in the Disney feature "That Darn Cat"
1966:
Primarily portrayed Dr. Julia Hoffman on the ABC gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"; cast often played multiple roles; also essayed a gypsy and a French countess
1970:
Played a relative of college professor Michael Douglas in "Adam at 6 A.M."
1970:
Recreated her role as Julia Hoffman for the feature "House of Dark Shadows"
1971:
Appeared in "Night of Dark Shadows," starring David Selby and Kate Jackson and loosely based on the TV serial
1972:
TV-movie debut in "Gargoyles" (ABC)
1982:
Portrayed Euphemia Ralston on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"
1982:
Had a small role in the CBS children's special "Robbers, Rooftops and Witches"
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Education

Temple University: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
Cornell University: Ithaca , New York -

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husband:
Sam Hall. Screenwriter. Retired; head writer for "Dark Shadows" and "One Life to Live" when Hall appeared on the serials; married in 1956.

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son:
Matthew Hall. Actor, screenwriter, novelist. Born c. 1958; published "Nightmare Logic" (Bantam, 1989); second novel "The Art of Breaking Glass" (1997); married to Cecilia Petit; had son Caleb Daniel Hall on August 10, 2001.

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