Oscar-winner turned down $25k to perform at Dukes

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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 was awarded an Oscar as best supporting actress for her role 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.

She appeared as Martha in a production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Gloria turned down a film part in America and television work worth $25,000 to appear at The Dukes.

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