Monday, July 16, 2012

R.I.P. Celeste Holm

Six-time Oscar winner & Broadway diva Celeste Holm died Sunday in her sleep at home at age 95. I'd say that's a decent life, eh? She starred in Broadway's landmark musical "Oklahoma!" before her film career skyrocketed in the late '40s and '50s, beginning with 1947's Gentleman's Agreement, for which she won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.

During her career, she acted alongside Debbie Reynolds, Marilyn Monroe, Tracy & Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and... of course, Bette Davis. Holm had a major role in 1950's timeless camp classic All About Eve... which is why we're paying tribute on The Smoking Nun. And how about this: She was married five times—the last on her 87th birthday. Go, girl!

I met Celeste briefly at one of the campiest events I've been to in my life: Seeing Carol Channing perform at NYC's Feinstein's with pal Strele. Also there: Knots Landing's Michele Lee. Carol Channing lives on today: at a crisp 91 years young. *