Actress with a Wonderful presence

Gloria Grahame.
Gloria Grahame.

AN Oscar-winning Hollywood actress who once trod the boards at The Dukes in Lancaster appears on the big screen there this Christmas.

Gloria Grahame played promiscuous Violet Bick saved from disgrace by James Stewart’s character, George Bailey, in the festive favourite, It’s A Wonderful Life to be screened on Christmas Eve.

Gloria went on to win an Oscar as best supporting actress in the 1952 film, The Bad and the Beautiful and became best known for her roles as a sultry, sexy, pouty blonde. She also starred as Ado Annie – ‘the girl who can’t say no’ - in the big screen version of Oklahoma!

As her film career began to wane, Gloria returned to the stage and in 1980, her theatre work brought her to The Dukes where she appeared as Martha in a production, directed by David Thacker, of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-12-11) for full story.