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Celeste Holm Movies

Celeste Holm All About Eve Bette DavisCeleste Holm movies at Fox, later years. (See previous article: “Oscar Winner Celeste Holm Dies.” Photo: Celeste Holm All About Eve, with Bette Davis.)

Celeste Holm received her second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for playing a nun named Sister Scholastica opposite Loretta Young in Henry Koster's light comedy Come to the Stable (1949). She earned her third and final Oscar nod for supporting rivals Bette Davis and Anne Baxter in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Broadway-set Oscar winner All About Eve (1950), wrapping up her Fox contract by appearing opposite veteran Ronald Colman in one of his last movies, the Richard Whorf-directed socially conscious comedy Champagne for Caesar (1950).

Celeste Holm Movies: Post-Fox period

Celeste Holm left Hollywood in 1950, reportedly because she preferred working on the stage. (There was also trouble at Fox, as she went on suspension after refusing roles offered her.) In the next six decades, her film roles would be few and far between. Among those, she supported Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds in Charles Walters' musical The Tender Trap (1955); supported Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Grace Kelly in another Walters musical, High Society (1956); was Sandra Dee's mother in Peter Tewksbury's Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! (1967); and had what amounted to a cameo in the Leonard Nimoy-directed blockbuster 3 Men and a Baby (1987).

According to the IMDb, Holm has two movies coming out: Aaron Warr and Joshua Zilm's comedy College Debts, with Derek North; and Steve Marshall's romantic comedy-drama Driving Me Crazy, featuring fellow film and TV veterans Joseph Bologna, Renée Taylor, Dick Cavett, and Mickey Rooney.

Celeste Holm's extensive television resumé includes all sorts of genres, from playing the fairy godmother to Lesley Ann Warren's Cinderella in Cinderella (1965) to roles in series such as Medical Center, The Love Boat, Falcon Crest, Touched by an Angel, and its spinoff, Promised Land. TV movies include Death Cruise (1974), Murder by the Book (1987), and Once You Meet a Stranger (1996).

Another type of “celebrity work” worth mentioning, is Holm's tireless support of various charity organizations and social causes throughout the decades. For instance, once she reportedly raised $20,000 for UNICEF by charging 50 cents per autograph. She was also an avid supporter of government funding for the arts.

Celeste Holm husbands

Celeste Holm was married five times. Her first husband was future film and television director / producer Ralph Nelson. Among Nelson's credits as a director are Lilies of the Field (1963), which earned Sidney Poitier a Best Actor Academy Award, and Charly (1968), which earned Cliff Robertson a Best Actor Oscar. Husband no. 4 was actor Wesley Addy, whose credits include two major Bette Davis movies: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964). Husband no. 5 was former waiter and aspiring opera singer Frank Basile, 49 years her junior, and with whom Holm became embroiled in an ugly lawsuit against her two sons.

[“Oscar Nominations / Recent Celeste Holm Movies” continues on the next page. See link below.]

Celeste Holm and Bette Davis All About Eve photo: 20th Century Fox.

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  1. JacquelineA. Beusse

    The passing of Celeste Holm is sad news. I treasure my decades of memories of Celeste.

    To the world, Celeste was Addo Annie, singing “I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say No.” Celeste was Abigail Adams with her husband Wesley Addy as John Adams, in their “Dramatization of the Letters of John and Abigail Adams” which I produced. She was and always bill be all of her characters and best of all there was only one Celeste Holm. There will never be another Celeste Holm. We were blessed to have known her, to know her was to love her and to love her artistic achievements. Brava, Celeste!

    Celeste was a stunning actress in film, on stage and a delightful friend. She was always fun to be with. Celeste was at home with good friends and enjoyed herself.

    Celeste will always be with us in our hearts, our memories and through her legacy of films ,TV Shows, Radio Interviews and Photo Collection of her rich, rewarding, life.

    I was appointed NJ State Commissioner of Motion Picture and TV when our governor also appointed Celeste Holm a commissioner. The swearing in ceremony was at the home of Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Sidney Kingsley and his wife, actress Madge Evans, with Governor Brendan T. Byrne in attendance. Memories are meant to be shared.

    I shall miss Celeste's “Jackie, dear.” I shall hear an echo of it always in my treasured memories.

    May Celeste rest in peace. My prayers are for Celeste and with her family.

    Jacqueline A. Beusse