Celeste Holm, a versatile, bright-eyed blonde who soared to Broadway fame in "Oklahoma!" and won an Oscar in "Gentlemen's Agreement," died Sunday, July 15, 2012, a relative said. She was 95.
Gregory Peck and Celeste Holm in "Gentleman's Agreement." She won the Academy Award in 1947 for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
Celeste Holm was smitten by the theater as a 3-year-old when her grandmother took her to see ballerina Anna Pavlova. She studied ballet for 10 years.
After a critical triumph in 1943 as man-crazy Ado Annie Carnes in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical "Oklahoma!" Holm moved west to pursue a film career. But she found Hollywood "too artificial" and several years later moved back to New York.
Richard Widmark and Celeste Holm in "Road House" (1948).
In "Come to the Stable" (1949), Celeste Holm (pictured) and Loretta Young played French nuns striving to open a children's hospital in New England - and are willing to engage in colorful antics to raise the money. Both Holm and Young earned Oscar nominations for their performances.
One of the all-time great movies about actors and acting, "All About Eve" (1950) starred Bette Davis, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe and Gregory Radoff. The film also featured Gary Merrill, Anne Baxter and George Sanders. Holm received her third Oscar nomination.
Actress Celeste Holm ascends a rope ladder during rehearsal for a circus opening night at Madison Square Garden in New York, on April 4, 1951. Stage and screen stars took part in the benefit show, with all proceeds going to the New York Heart Association.
Stretched out on a sofa, actress Celeste Holm reads a script in the study of her New York apartment, on September 21, 1954.
Jarma Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm and David Wayne in the romantic comedy "The Tender Trap" (1955).
The 1956 musical "High Society," an adaptation of "The Philadelphia Story," starred Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm.
Others films in which Holm appeared were less memorable. "I made two movies I've never even seen," she told an interviewer in 1991.
Celeste Holm with comedian Terry-Thomas in the 1962 comedy "Bachelor Flat," which also starred Richard Beymer and Tuesday Weld.
Celeste Holm played Hattie Greene in the TV series "Promised Land" (1996-99)
Actress Celeste Holm poses at a friend's home in Santa Monica, Calif., on March 12, 1997.
Actors Celeste Holm and Calista Flockhart pose at the party after The Actor's Fund of America's presentation of "All About Eve" featuring an all-star cast at the Music Center's Ahmanson Theater on March 30, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Celeste Holm attends the 2005 Princess Grace Foundation-USA Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street, October 26, 2005 in New York City.
An undated portrait of actress Celese Holm, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947). Holm died in New York City on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at age 95.