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Dear Patrons, years ago when many Midwest US newspapers were closing their doors, I was able to purchase photo lots from their dissolution via eBay auctions. I also have many Japanese magazine clippings that weren't published in the West and, of course, our own Blu-ray and UHD screen captures. These can make for some rare, and lesser-seen publicity photos. I will try to hi-res scan some of them (from Myrna Loy to Kim Novak, Franco Nero to Clint Eastwood, and many Film Noir actors) and will try to post new photo archives as time allows for your use to print, use as computer wallpaper, etc. We have archives for Paul Newman, Monica Vitti, Suzanne Pleshette, Jacqueline Bisset and Susan George so far. We will add to these photo-sets as we obtain more scans. Do you have a favorite actor you'd like to have in a Photo Archive? Let me know!
In her first role - that of Sally Murfin in Blonde Fever (1944) - Gloria's character states: 'Mr.Donay there are two kinds of girls - good girls and the other kind. I hope you don't think I'm the other kind.' Regardless, a few years later her role as distracting Violet in It's a Wonderful Life pushed to define her persona as a sexy temptress ripe for supporting and feature roles in the coming wave of adult oriented crime dramas of the day. After appearances in such films as Song of the Thin Man, Gloria found a premium vehicle for exposure as Ginny Tremaine in RKO's Crossfire - directed by Edward Dmytryk in 1947. Although not a starring role it would prove to be the film capable of escalating her to stardom and eventually far more defining performances. Her excellent work in Crossfire was gratifyingly nominated for an Academy Award (eventually losing to Celeste Holm in Gentleman's Agreement).
Gloria received further critical recognition in 1952 for both Macao and Sudden Fear. Although she proved very talented in musicals like Oklahoma! (1955) Gloria's intrinsic sexuality and seductive visage will be forever associated withFilm Noir primarily due to her classics roles in such notable entries as In a Lonely Place (1950), The Big Heat (1953) Naked Alibi (1954) and Human Desire (1954).
She continued some memorable television work later in her career (see Episode 28: The Homecoming of Season One of The Fugitive with David Janssen). Gossip surrounded her private life as she underwent frequent and unnecessary plastic surgeries and Gloria's fourth marriage produced further scandalous headlines as she married her former stepson, producer/director Anthony Ray (director Nicholas Ray's son). She bore him two children in the early 1960s but on October 5th, 1981, at the age of 57, she succumbed to cancer leaving a legacy of cinema that is unforgettable to her fans. Some trivia about her background includes support that Gloria was descended from royalty. Her father's family descended from King Edward III through John of Gaunt; her mother's, from the Scottish Kings of the Hebrides and Gloria's grandfather Reginald Francis Hallward was said to have given Oscar Wilde the idea for his classic novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray.' Although enigmatic Gloria is mentioned in manyNoir and Hollywood books I only ever found one entirely devoted to her legacy; Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame by Vincent Curcio.
NOTE: Gloria's fans may wish to check out the 2017 movie "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool", based on Peter Turnerís memoir about Gloria Grahame's last days of her life in Liverpool, where the author and his family cajoled, comforted, and wept with the dying Hollywood star.
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