By DiMarkco Chandler
Actress Celeste Holm, famous for her role in “Gentleman’s Agreement,” died Sunday. Holm soared to Broadway fame in “Oklahoma, however her last years were full of financial difficulty and the 95-year-old actress spent her last days at home with her husband.
She died at 3:30 a.m. at her apartment on Central Park West in Manhattan.
Her career spanned more than half a century. Holm played everyone from Ado Annie — the girl who just can’t say no in “Oklahoma!” — to a worldly theatrical agent in the 1991 comedy I Hate Hamlet” to guest star turns on TV shows such as “Fantasy Island” and “Love Boat II” to Bette Davis’ best friend in “All About Eve.”
She won the Academy Award in 1947 for best supporting actress for her performance in “Gentlemen’s Agreement” and received Oscar nominations for “Come to the Stable” (1949) and “All about Eve” (1950).
Holm was also known for her untiring charity work–at one time she served on nine boards–and was a board member emeritus of the National Mental health Association.
Holm was married five times and is survived by two sons and three grandchildren. her marriage in 1938 to director Ralph Nelson lasted a year but produced a son, Theodor Holm Nelson. In 1940, she married Francis Davies, an English auditor. In 1946, she married airline public relations executive A. Schuyler Dunning and they had a son, Daniel Dunning.
during her fourth marriage to actor Robert Wesley Addy, who she married in 1966, the two appeared together on stage when they could. In the mid-1960s, when neither had a project going, they put together a two person show called “Interplay–An Evening of Theater-in-Concert” that toured the United States and was sent abroad by the State Department. Addy died in 1996.