Celeste Holm Dies at 95 Surrounded by Friends and Family

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By Emma Koonse , Christian Post Reporter
July 16, 2012|8:51 am

Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm died at age 95 on Sunday, according to her relative.

The Broadway star had been hospitalized for dehydration two weeks ahead of her death. In the days before her death, Holm asked to spend her last days at home with her husband Frank Basile. Other family members and close friends flocked to her side.

She died around 3:30 a.m. in her New York City home, according to great-niece Amy Phillips, the Associated Press reported.

Holm first came into fame in 1943 with the original Broadway staging of "Oklahoma!" where she sang "I Cain't Say No." Just three years later, Holm headed toward Hollywood as a musical comedy performer. She landed roles in films such as "Carnival in Costa Rica" and "Three Little Girls in Blue," but then landed her biggest role yet in "Gentleman's Agreement."

Holm won the best supporting actress Academy Award for "Gentlemen's Agreement" in 1947. She was also nominated for the same award for "Come to the Stable" as well as "All About Eve."

In addition to numerous film appearances, Holm's credentials also include television. She started as a guest actress with "All Star Revue" in 1950 and concluding with an episode of "Whoopi" in 2004. In the meantime, she had her own series briefly- "Honestly, Celeste!"

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Holm also appeared the Fairy Godmother in the 1965 "Cinderella" television series, and in the 1990s was featured in "Touched by an Angel" and "Promised Land."

On Twitter, many fans of Holm's are posting their grief as well as tributes to the actress on Monday.

"Sad news about Celeste Holm," wrote Lucy. "Another underrated actress gone."

Scott posted, "Oh, #RIP, Celeste Holm. Thanks for 'All About Eve,' one of the best films ever."

"RIP the very wonderful Celeste Holm," wrote Anne, while Michael posted, "Celeste Holm was a terrific actress and splendid person, RIP."

 

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