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Celeste Holm: A golden-age star passes at 95

Holm died on July 15. She was 95.

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In a showbiz career that crossed seven decades, Celeste Holm played roles ranging from ingenue to grandmother, magazine editor to mental patient. But the actress, who died on July 15 at the age of 95, brought her trademark elegance and urbane wit to them all. After a star-making turn as Ado Annie in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma! (1943), Holm came to Hollywood, where she earned an Oscar for Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) and a pair of nominations for Come to the Stable (1949) and All About Eve (1950). Here’s a look at some of her most memorable films.

The Essentials of Celeste Holm
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

In her breakout movie, Holm held her own opposite Gregory Peck as a sharp-witted editor who stands up to discrimination.

Come to the Stable (1949)

Holm and Loretta Young starred as French nuns set on building a hospital in New England.

All About Eve (1950)

The Best Picture winner featured Holm as the confidante of legendary star Margo Channing (Bette Davis).

High Society (1956)

A duet with Frank Sinatra let the actress show off her singing voice in this musical remake of The Philadelphia Story.

Three Men and a Baby (1987)

Holm sparkled in her brief turn as the mother of a playboy (Ted Danson) afraid of fatherhood.