New York, NY, United States (4E) – Broadway actress Celeste Holm died at 95 Sunday in her home in New York.
The Oscar-winning actress was at the Roosevelt Hospital in New York for a week until her family brought her home in Manhattan last Friday. Her niece, Amy Phillips, said in a statement, “She passed peacefully in her home in her own bed with her husband and friends and family nearby.”
Holm was born and raised in New York City. She started acting in high school and went on to study drama the University of Chicago and then became a stage actress in the late 1930s.
The 40s proved flourishing for Holm. It was during this time when she started performing in Broadway, where she got acclamation for her role in “Oklahoma!” She then was tapped to do movies, which led her to an Academy award for best supporting actress for her part in “Gentleman’s Agreement.”
Through the years, Holm has appeared in countless theatre productions, television shows and films. Her credits include the musicals “High Society” and “The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall,” television shows like CBS’ “Cinderella” and NBC’s “Nancy,” and films including “Tom Sawyer” and “Three Men and A Baby.”
Some of her many awards and honors include Oscar nominations for her roles in “Come to the Stable” and “All About Eve.”
Holm was also a charity person. She was board member emeritus of the National Mental Health Association and was president of the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center. Aside from that, she was also appointed by the former President Ronald Reagan to be part of the National Council on the Arts for six years. In Norway in 1979, Holm was knighted by King Olav for her contribution to the arts.
Married five times and having two sons, Celeste Holm is survived by husband Frank Basile and two sons from previous marriages, Ted and Daniel.