Gloria Grahame
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It wasn’t the way I looked at a man, it was the thought behind it.

Happy Birthday Gloria Grahame! | November 28, 1923 – October 5, 1981


In A Lonely Place (1950)


Gloria was quite clearly naked under the sheets, a first for a major studio film. According to the Herald Examiner, a negligee and lingerie manufacturers association took issue with Gloria, who, they said, not only sleeps in the raw, but thinks it “the better part of glamor to do so”. An impressive array of designers and columnists gave her harsh criticism, from Esther Dorothy’s “any woman who has ever owned a black nightgown knows that Miss Grahame is leading a lost cause,” to John Norman’s “even Eve recognized the decorative value of a fig leaf.” A bachelor designer named Brigance summed it up by saying, “I think the average man prefers the subtle. The veil, beautifully handled, is part of the allure.” Gloria snapped right back at them. “Who is talking about feminine allure or men? I sleep in the raw because it’s comfortable. Evolution has caught up with the nightgown manufacturers and they don’t want to admit it, that’s all.” A bevy of Hollywood stars, like Shelley Winters, Joan Caulfield, Lauren Bacall and Barbara Britton, came to her defense, but the two best responses came from Humphrey Bogart and Joan Davis. Bogart said, “Of course, there are people who wouldn’t look good either way. My considered opinion is that a nude is a beautiful thing, draped or undraped,” a comment squarely on the side of nothing.

—The Life of Gloria Grahame.


It wasn’t the way I looked at a man, it was the thought behind it.


I was born when she kissed me, I died when she left me, I lived a few weeks while she loved me.


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Gloria GrahameThe Siren
In her first role - that of Sally Murfin in Blonde Fever (1944) - Gloria’s character states: ‘Mr.Donay there are two kinds of girls - good girls and the other kind. I hope you don’t think I’m the other kind.’ Regardless, a few years later her role as distracting Violet in It’s a Wonderful Life pushed to define her persona as a sexy temptress ripe for supporting and feature roles in the adult oriented crime dramas of the day. After appearances in such films as Song of the Thin Man, Gloria found a premium vehicle for exposure as Ginny Tremaine in RKO’s Crossfire - directed by Edward Dmytryk in 1947. Although not a starring role it would prove to be the film capable of escalating her to stardom and eventually far more defining performances. Her excellent work in Crossfire was gratifyingly nominated for an Academy Award (eventually losing to Celeste Holm in Gentleman’s Agreement). Gloria received further critical recognition in 1952 for both Macao and Sudden Fear. Although she proved very talented in musicals like Oklahoma! (1955) Gloria’s intrinsic sexuality and seductive visage will be forever associated with Film Noir primarily due to her classics roles in such notable entries as In a Lonely Place (1950), The Big Heat (1953), Naked Alibi (1954) and Human Desire (1954).

I wouldn’t give you two cents for a dame without a temper


It’s all wrong, Vicki. The whole thing’s been wrong from the beginning… and I feel dirty.




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