Celeste Holm, Oscar Award for Best Supporting Actress winner for her role in 1948's “Gentlemen’s Agreement”, has passed away at her home in Manhattan, New York, her family said. Coming from New York, Holm had an illustrious career spanning many decades. She was an equally respected name in Broadway, films and television. She was admitted to the hospital about a week ago. Her niece, Amy Philips, told CNN, "She passed peacefully in her home in her own bed with her husband and friends and family nearby."
Holm was nominated for an Academy award in 1950 for “Come to the Stable” for her portrayal of a French nun and in 1951 for “All About Eve” starring Bette Davis. She started off her career with Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” starring Leslie Howard and secured her big role againston Broadway in 1940.
What really shot her to fame was her role as Ado Annie in the original production of “Oklahoma!” in 1943. For the movie, she also sang the showstopper shouting, “I Can’t Say NO!”
She started off with “Three Little Girls in Blue” in 1946. “Gentlemen’s Agreement” was her third film.
Her true love was Broadway, to which she returned soon. She did go on to do two more films - “The Tender Trap” in 1955 and “High Society” in 1956.
Commenting upon her smart-girl image, she once said, "I hated that. It's stereotyped. I only played that kind of role in two pictures and that was enough, thank you. It's not me."
Holm married five times. Her last marriage was to Frank Basile, who is 46 years her junior. She wed him on her 87th birthday in 2004 amid much controversy. After getting embroiled in a litigation controversy with her sons, she was no longer on talking terms with them.
The cause of the death was heart problems, as told to The New York Post by her husband, Basile.
Holm was admitted to Roosevelt Hospital over two weeks ago for dehydration and suffered a heart attack in the hospital. She was taken home on July 13.
"There were some setbacks in the hospital. She championed through and maintained her dignity. But there have been some irrevocable situations, and we are now going home," Basile said before taking her from the hospital.
"I told her I wanted to have more good memories together, and she held me and she said, 'That's a good memory.' Celeste told me she always remained happy because she chose to only remember the good things," he added.