This past Sunday, July 15th, Academy Award winning actress Celeste Holm passed away from a heart attack in her New York home. She was 95.
After getting her start on Broadway in productions of Oklahoma! and Bloomer Girl, Holm made the transition to Hollywood in 1946 and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Elia Kazan’s powerful drama Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), starring Gregory Peck.
Following several more pictures, including Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950), Holm returned to the stage to deliver memorable turns in Affairs of State and The King and I.
Holm appeared sporadically in films like The Tender Trap (1955) with Frank Sinatra and High Society (1956) starring Grace Kelly, but by the 1960s she had found new life on television. A prolific actress, Holm appeared on stage and screen well into the new century.
She had a series of illnesses in the last decade of her life, including skin cancer and a collapsed lung. Holm went to the hospital in mid-2012 for dehydration following a fire in her New York City apartment, where she suffered a heart attack. Holm was granted permission to leave in order to recover at home, where she passed away at the age of 95.
Celeste Holm in Elia Kazan’s ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ (1947)/20th Century Fox