Oscar Actors: Holm, Celeste

Born April 29, 1919 in New York City.

The daughter of a Norwegian-born insurance executive and a portrait-artist mother, she was educated in Holland, France, and the US and took ballet and drama classes as a child. She studied drama at the University of Chicago while attending high school in that city and made her professional stage debut with a Pennsylvania stock company at 17.

Holme made her first Broadway appearance in 1938 and scored a triumph in 1943 in the role of Ado Annie in the longrunning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!”

She signed a long-term contract with 2Oth Century-Fox, making her screen debut in 1946 and winning an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her third film, “Gentleman's Agreement” (1947).

An intelligent and remarkably versatile actress, she was twice more nominated for the Supporting Oscars, for “Come to the Stable” (1947) and for “All About Eve” (1950).

She made many memorable appearances, in a wide range of roles, both in leads and supporting parts, in films, on the stage, radio, and television, and in nightclubs. She was knighted by King Olav V of Norway in 1979.

In 1982, she was named by President {Reagan to the National Council for the Arts and in the following year was appointed chairman of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Development Commission.

Her first husband was director Ralph Nelson; her fourth is actor Wesley Addy.