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Celeste Holm & Isuzu Yamada, RIP


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#1 dirac

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:33 AM

Holm is dead at age 95. (Ernest Borgnine, also in his nineties, died recently as well. Not a great month.)

Holm had been hospitalized about two weeks ago with dehydration after a fire in actor Robert De Niro's apartment in the same Manhattan building. She had asked her husband on Friday to bring her home, and she spent her final days with her husband, Frank Basile, and other relatives and close friends by her side, said Amy Phillips, a great-niece of Holm's who answered the phone at Holm's apartment on Sunday.




A story from the NYT on a dispute between Holm and her children.


The stately apartment, where Ms. Holm has lived since 1953, reflects a full and fruitful life: mementos from her films “All About Eve” and “Gentleman’s Agreement”; sheet music on the grand piano for songs she and her husband still sing together. But it is now at the center of a bitter family battle that has poisoned her relationships with her two sons and exhausted all her other assets, including the trust fund that was supposed to pay her living expenses.



#2 miliosr

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:31 AM

Sad to see her go although, at 95, she certainly led a full life.

I always remember her from High Society w/ Armstrong, Crosby, Kelly and Sinatra. They don't make 'em like that any more!

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:37 AM

Another person who was touched by the Pavlova magic:

She was smitten by the theater as a 3-year-old when her grandmother took her to see ballerina Anna Pavlova. "There she was, being tossed in midair, caught, no mistakes, no falls. She never knew what an impression she made," Holm recalled years later.


Rest in peace Ms. Holm.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:47 AM

Sad to see her go although, at 95, she certainly led a full life.

I always remember her from High Society w/ Armstrong, Crosby, Kelly and Sinatra. They don't make 'em like that any more!


People in NY might want to check the schedule at BAM. It is being shown very soon (I don't think it happened already) as part of the Grace Kelly festival they are doing...

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:06 PM

She always brought quiet, good-humored dignity to her roles and I liked her very much. She was a gem.

#6 dirac

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:22 PM

And the hits just keep on coming.....

Ms. Yamada worked with many of the major directors of Japanese cinema’s golden age, including Kenji Mizoguchi and Kurosawa, the two who most palpably shaped her screen persona. She maintained a lifelong commitment to the theater and in her later years was also a staple of Japanese television.



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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:36 AM

In 1979 Celeste Holm was the narrator for a film about Ruth Page called "Ruth Page: An American Original".At one point a large stage photograph was shown on screen and she says that she is the little girl in the photo, with Ruth Page in something I think was called "Foyer de la Danse"; most probably in the early 1920s. - indeed, a memorial website for Adolph Bolm gives the date as 1924, states that Bolm did the choreography and the decor was by Nicholas Remisoff.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:22 PM

Holm did a superb job with her voiceovers as the unseen Addie Ross in "A Letter to Three Wives." She didn't have to be seen to make her presence felt.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:45 PM

Sad to see her go although, at 95, she certainly led a full life.

I always remember her from High Society w/ Armstrong, Crosby, Kelly and Sinatra. They don't make 'em like that any more!


She made another film with Sinatra called The Tender Trap, which I like very much, and have seen dozens of times. It's an Eve Arden type performance - sardonic, worldly, having no illusions whatsoever about men.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:16 PM

I have fond memories of her (in probably her first starring role) as Ado Annie in the original production of Oklahoma...

#11 miliosr

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:15 PM

And now comes word that Sherman Hemsley, who was so memorable as George Jefferson on All in the Family and The Jeffersons, has died at the age of 74. Godspeed, Mr. Hemsley, to that deluxe apartment in the sky (and thanks for all the enjoyment you gave us!)

#12 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:40 AM



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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:44 AM

And crooner Tony Martin has died at the ripe old age of 98:

http://music.msn.com...spx?news=746981

He is predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Cyd Charisse.


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