In Memoriam
Remembering Celeste Holm (1917-2012)

takethat-postGREAT PEROFRMANCES mourns the passing of Celeste Holm who died last Sunday at the age of 95. In 1995, Ms. Holm co-starred in the GP production of “Talking With,” along with Kathy Bates (who also directed), Beverly D’Angelo, Marcia Gay Harden, Frances McDormand, and Mary Kay Place. The piece was adapted from playwright Jane Martin’s stage monologues.

Holm was the original Ado Annie in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” in which she belted out “I Cain’t Say No,” and also originated the lead in the Harold Arlen musical “Bloomer Girl.” She continued to return to the stage throughout her long career, but received wide acclaim for her Hollywood work in such films as “Gentleman’s Agreement” for which she won an Academy Award, “All About Eve,” and the Cole Porter musical “High Society” wherein she memorably dueted with Frank Sinatra on the jaunty “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

  • Rhonda

    We know that someday we all have to leave this place and hopefully take up another home in eternity. However, the realization that someone of this professional and dramatic stature has left, tends to bring us face to face with our past and future all at once. Celeste Holm was truly a classic and a master. Never a role that I viewed, wanted for depth or range of skill and ownership. I really can’t remember a time seeing her that I ever felt her to be “an actress”. She possessed her role in such a way that the role became her and she became her character. This season has seen so many of a different era in the Arts leave, that I have to wonder if a new generation of artists really understand what we are losing. We are so consumed by the ‘real-time’ snap of the papparazzi camera and the TMI era of ‘reality’ media, that I mourn the loss of professionalism in Hollywood, and the passing away of what felt like an era of true craftsmen. Style, Grace, Presence, Power, Strength and truly a Commanding and Skillful talent is the gift of Celeste Holm. Sadly, an event like this forces you to really reflect on what value women of her caliber brought to your life. It was truly a pleasure to experience this life. The great consolation is that film and the historical dramatic record will, for a long time to come, allow old and new generations the opportunity to know her still. Still its hard to accept that anyone who has made an impact in your life, which supercedes the common day experience, had to succumb to the very real world condition of mortality. Rest well Ms. Holm.

  • PD

    She, indeed, was a great woman and actor whom I first met on a television airing of ” COME TO THE STABLE”, 1949 alongside LORETTA YOUNG. Celeste received a supporting Oscar nomination for this role as did Loretta as Best Actress. The entire cast including another Oscar nominee for Come to the stable, Elsa Lanchester, was magnificent……. one of the most joyous of Christmas Movies made by 20th Century Fox.

    This is Celeste’s time so I say thank you for that incredible performance and your many others. God Bless You. R.I.P. Dear Celeste.

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