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Celeste Holm, dead at 95

July 15, 2012

Tags: Celeste Holm, Marilyn Monroe, <i>All About Eve</i>

Celeste Holm in her prime
Celeste Holm just died. I know her best from her role in All About Eve where she is taken in by Eve, played by Anne Baxter, a seemingly innocent fan of Margo Channing (Bette Davis). But Baxter's Eve is cunning, and quite a contrast to Miss Caswell (Marilyn Monroe), who is on the arm of George Sanders, playing the critic Addison De Witt. It is Sanders who has that wonderful line about Miss Caswell as the graduate of the Copacabana School of Acting. I write about this wonderful film in my biography of Marilyn Monroe. I would love to get your memories of watching Celeste Holm on screen. Or--remind me of who is left from Hollywood's golden age. Olivia de Havilland still lives. So does that wonderful character actor, Norman Lloyd, who is in his late 90s and starred in two films with Dana Andrews. Lloyd, last I checked with him, was still playing doubles tennis!


  1. July 19, 2012 4:32 PM EDT
    Long before I ever got into classic films, I knew the name of Celeste Holm...she was the fairy godmother in the Rodgers & Hammerstein Cinderella. (Walter Pidgeon and Ginger Rogers were the prince's parents.) Also, I remember Miss Holm from the TV show "Promised Land."

    With Miss Holm, Ernest Borgnine, and Andy Griffith all passing away in the past month, it has been a time for losing our beloved stars. Still remaining are Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker (who just turned 90 in June), Doris Day, Mickey Rooney, and (I think) Joan Fontaine.
    - Patti
  2. July 19, 2012 4:46 PM EDT
    I too hesitated to mention Joan Fontaine, but I believe she is still alive. In fact, I ran into someone a few years ago who said Fontaine and her sister, Olivia deHavilland (living in Paris, I believe) still did not get along. I'm also told that Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is alive and welcomes interviews, although I haven't tried to contact him.
    - Carl Rollyson
  3. July 30, 2012 2:39 PM EDT
    Carl, Sorry to tell you but Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. died in 2000.
    - Louis
  4. July 30, 2012 3:18 PM EDT
    Well, what do you know? A guy in Hollywood told me recently Fairbanks was still alive.
    - Carl Rollyson
  5. April 8, 2013 5:50 AM EDT
    It's the character actors like Lloyd who come to my mind too. Elliott Reid, for instance (the male lead opposite Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes") is still living. As is the wonderful Elizabeth Wilson (Dustin Hoffman's mother in "The Graduate," the waitress in "The Birds," Ralph Fiennes' mother in "Quiz Show" and, in her 90s, was just in "Hyde Park on Hudson.")
    - Steve Taravella