Gloria Grahame

BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017

‘I’M JIST A GIRL WHO CAIN’T SAY NO. I’M IN A TURRIBLE FIX’ ADO ANNIE IN ‘OKLAHOMA!’ Part two of our season further explores Grahame’s femme fatale finesse, but also showcases some of her lighter roles, writes season programmer Jo Botting As irrepressible wide-eyed Ado Annie, Gloria Grahame proved that her talents were not limited to intense performances in film noir. Although played purely for laughs, her character in Oklahoma! is still very much in the mould of her earlier roles: a woman at the mercy of her impulses. Grahame herself was a woman of intense passions – her often scandalous personal life included an affair with the 13-year-old son of husband Nicholas Ray. Yet she was a sensitive and versatile actor of stage and screen who brought a mixture of impetuousness and vulnerability to every role. As a woman she was vivacious and fun-loving, yet needy and insecure. As she became increasingly difficult to work with, film offers dwindled, depriving audiences of one of Hollywood’s most distinctive and captivating stars. WANT MORE? See p13 for screenings of In a Lonely Place and The Big Heat, and p40 for screenings of It’s a Wonderful Life


BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017
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