Gloria Grahame, 1923 -1981. 57; actress. Biography Suicide Blonde by Vincent Curcio 1989.

Gloria Grahame, 1923 -1981. 57; actress. Biography Suicide Blonde by Vincent Curcio 1989.

The Big Heat (1953). Dir. Fritz Lang. Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin, Joyce Brando (yes, Marlon's sister). Marvin steals the show as a swaggering goon with a hair-trigger temper.

The Big Heat (1953)

The Big Heat (1953). Dir. Fritz Lang. Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin, Joyce Brando (yes, Marlon's sister). Marvin steals the show as a swaggering goon with a hair-trigger temper.

She won The Academy Award for her work in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). She achieved her highest profile with Sudden Fear (1952), Human Desire (1953), The Big Heat (1953), and Oklahoma! (1955), but her film career began to wane soon afterwards.  She returned to work on the stage, but continued to appear in films and television productions, usually in supporting roles.

She won The Academy Award for her work in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). She achieved her highest profile with Sudden Fear (1952), Human Desire (1953), The Big Heat (1953), and Oklahoma! (1955), but her film career began to wane soon afterwards. She returned to work on the stage, but continued to appear in films and television productions, usually in supporting roles.

Gloria Grahame as Violet in 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1949)    "Oh this old thing? I only wear it when I don't care HOW I look!" ;)

Gloria Grahame as Violet in 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1949) "Oh this old thing? I only wear it when I don't care HOW I look!" ;)

Gloria Grahame -- gangsters gals, femme fatales, and any other type of bad girl were her forte.

Gloria Grahame -- gangsters gals, femme fatales, and any other type of bad girl were her forte.

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