Celeste Holm, 1917-2012

My goodness, what a terribly difficult month for fans of the Golden Age.

Celeste Holm reads a script in her apartment. Photo courtesy Associated Press.

Though I don’t believe Holm ever attained the stature with fans the way her costars—such as the venerable Bette Davis—did, Holm was undeniably a superb and solid actress, believable in every role. Holm is, of course, best remembered for her terrific performances in Gentleman’s Agreement and the incredible All About Eve—this sweet, bright-eyed beauty held her own against the great Bette as I suspect few could have done, and her work in that film was all the more amazing because of her apparent good nature.   Continue reading