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Tammy Grimes


Tammy Grimes was a experienced actress and singer with more information on credits in theater, film, and tv. For reasons of musical and documenting work, her principal efforts were performances on some ensemble albums, notably The Unsinkable Molly Dark brown, which preserves her Tony Award-winning functionality, and several children’s and sound reserve recordings. Often regarded as British isles, Grimes was actually an American who owed her highlight to her delivery right into a prominent New Britain family, although exclusive husky timbre of her tone of voice was her very own. Her father maintained a country membership, and she was a debutante who arrived into Boston culture at age group 17. She wished to become an celebrity, however, and examined dilemma at Stephens University in Missouri, after that went to NY, where she continuing her teaching at a nearby Playhouse School from the Theater. She 1st stepped on the Broadway stage as an alternative for Kim Stanley within the starring part in the episode Bus Stay in 1955. An early on television appearance arrived in “The Bride-to-be Cried,” an bout of AMERICA Metal Hour, on August 17, 1955. She got her 1st chance to show her musical capabilities within the off-Broadway display The Littlest Revue (Might 22, 1956), which went 32 shows and got a solid recording released by Epic Information. The Littlest Revue was still operating when she made an appearance in the tv screen musical Vacation on NBC on June 9, 1956. That August, she wedded Canadian acting professional Christopher Plummer. Their girl, Amanda Plummer, was created March 23, 1957. Like both of her parents, she continued to become Tony Award-winning performer. Grimes divorced Christopher Plummer in Apr 1960. She was later on married to acting professional Jeremy Slade also to musician Richard Bell. Grimes was area of the Amazing Adele, a Broadway-bound musical that shut out of city in Dec 1956. She came back to tv in another unique musical, Richard Adler’s The Present from the Magi, broadcast on CBS on Dec 9, 1958. Her appearance inside a 1959 Television creation of George M. Cohan’s Forty-Five Mins from Broadway was documented and later on released on the soundtrack record by AEI Information. Noël Coward individually ensemble her in his play TAKE CARE OF Lulu (March 3, 1959), which proclaimed her Broadway debut in a job she originated. It went just five weeks, but she gained a Theater World award on her behalf performance. She continuing to seem on tv, co-starring within the range particular “Four for Tonight” on NBC’s Superstar Parade with Cyril Ritchard, Beatrice Lillie, and Tony Randall on Feb 24, 1960, and in a 1960 Television production from the 1957 Broadway musical Shinbone Alley which was documented and later released by Sound of Broadway Information, combined with the present Shangri-La. But her most significant success was included with her casting within the name function of Meredith Willson’s follow-up to his Broadway strike The Music Man, The Unsinkable Molly Dark brown (November 3, 1960). The display ran 532 shows, and Grimes gained the Tony Award for helping or featured celebrity within a musical. The Unsinkable Molly Dark brown was documented by Capitol Information to get a cast recording that reached the very best Ten and continued to be in the graphs almost annually. The reputation Grimes achieved using the Unsinkable Molly Dark brown translated into even more Broadway stage function, notably the crisis Rattle of a straightforward Man (Apr 17, 1963), and visitor appearances on Television series (e.g., The Andy Williams Display, November 15, 1962; The Virginian, January 9, 1963; Path 66, Oct 18 and Dec 13, 1963; Destry, Feb 14, 1964). She starred in her second Broadway musical with Large Spirits (Apr 7, 1964), an version of Noël Coward’s comic play Blithe Nature, with tracks by Hugh Martin and Timothy Grey. It went for 375 shows, and the ensemble record, released by ABC Information, made the very best 20. Her stardom additional burnished by her achievement in another Broadway musical, Grimes was provided her own tv series, and the problem humor The Tammy Grimes Display premiered on ABC on Sept 8, 1966. However, it earned devastating rankings and was canceled after just four shows. While on the Western world Coastline for the series, she made an appearance in her 1st film, Three Bites from the Apple, which opened up in-may 1967, and in a 1967 LA stage production from the revue The Decrease and Fall of the whole planet as Seen With the Eye of Cole Porter, that was documented live and later on released by Painted Smiles Information. Then she came back to NY also to Broadway within the play THE ONLY REAL Game around (Might 20, 1968). The next calendar year, she made an appearance within a revival of Noël Coward’s enjoy Personal Lives that gained her another Tony Award for celebrity in a play, making her mostly of the performers to earn Tonys both in musical and dramatic types. By 1970, Grimes, in her mid-thirties, was set up as a flexible celebrity, perhaps most in the home on-stage, but additionally a favorite choice for personality parts on tv and in movies. Through the ’70s, she came back to Broadway within the revue A Musical Jubilee (November 13, 1975) and Neil Simon’s humor California Suite (June 10, 1976), in addition to taking a convert as Lillian Hellman within the 1978-1979 revival from the play HAVE YOU BEEN Now or PERHAPS YOU HAVE HAVE YOU BEEN? (She was also within the 1975 Broadway-bound musical Gabrielle, which shut out of city.) Her significant feature movies included Play It since it Lays (1972), Someone Killed Her Hubby (1978), as well as the Runner Stumbles (1979); while on tv she was observed in such productions as Molière’s Tartuffe (1978) and Thomas Wolfe’s You Can’t GO BACK HOME Once again (1979). She starred within an NBC musical edition from the children’s publication The Debtors, with tunes by Pole McKuen, which was broadcast on Dec 14, 1973, and adopted that a yr later on with an appearance inside a musical edition of ‘Twas the night time Before Xmas, broadcast Dec 8, 1974, on CBS, and later on released like a soundtrack recording on Disneyland Information. Grimes experienced her third main triumph within the Broadway musical stage with an version from the 1933 film 42nd Road (August 25, 1980), which went 3,486 shows and was documented by RCA Victor Information for a ensemble record that reached the graphs. Her other NY theatrical appearances within the ’80s included the off-Broadway musical Sunset (November 7, 1983), that actually shut after one preview but nonetheless produced a ensemble record under its alternate name, Platinum, released on TER Information; the 1985 enjoy Waltz from the Toreadors; the off-Broadway musical Mademoiselle Colombe (Dec 9, 1987); along with a one-woman present, Tammy Grimes: A Concert in Phrases and Music (1988). She also made an appearance frequently in feature movies during the 10 years — Can’t End the Music (1980), No Big Offer (1983), America (1986), Mr. North (1988), and Slaves of NY (1989) — so when a guest celebrity on tv series: St. Somewhere else (Sept 26, 1984) as well as the Equalizer (Oct 22, 1986).. She worked well less frequently within the ’90s, though she still made an appearance in a number of feature movies — Backstreet Justice (1994), TODAY’S Affair (1995), Problems on the Part (1997), and Large Artwork (1998) — but her special voice had in the meantime brought her a complete new career documenting audiobooks in the past due ’80s and ’90s, specifically those for kids and adults. Her game titles included Henry Wayne’ Daisy Miller (1987), Carson McCullers’ The Person in the marriage (1987), and Maurice Sendak’s Where in fact the Wild Stuff Are & Various other Tales (1996). Tammy Grimes passed away in Oct 2016 at age 82.

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Full Name Tammy Grimes
Died October 30, 2016, Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Height 1.65 m
Profession Singer, Voice Actor, Presenter
Education Stephens College, Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Beaver Country Day School
Nationality American
Spouse Richard Bell, Jeremy Slate, Christopher Plummer
Children Amanda Plummer
Parents Eola Willard Niles, Nicholas Luther Grimes
Siblings Nancy Lou Grimes, Luther Nichols Grimes, Jr.
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress
Music Songs Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, Just Squeeze Me, Miss Otis Regrets, You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me, Nobody Needs Your Love More Than I Do, Rose of Washington Square, Getting Out of Town, You Came a Long Way from St. Louis, Time After Time, Gonna Build a Mountain, Hi-lili, Hi-lo, Toot, Toot, Tootsie!, I'd Do Anything, I Ain't Down Yet, I'm Just Wild About Harry, I'm Glad I'm Not a Man, Java Jive, Belly up to the Bar, Boys, Chick-a-pen, Shadow Waltz, I Can't Remember Ever Loving You, Home Sweet Heaven, You'd Better Love Me, What in the World Did You Want, I Ain't Down Yet, Dolce Far Niente / I May Never Fall in Love with You, About a Quarter to Nine, My Own Brass Bed, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Bye Bye Blackbird, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, So Long, Mary
Albums The Unmistakable Tammy Grimes, Tammy Grimes, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Pseudo English Eccentric
Nominations Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Movies The Last Unicorn, High Art, Can't Stop the Music, Play It as It Lays, Mr. North, Three Bites of the Apple, Slaves of New York, The Runner Stumbles, Somebody Killed Her Husband, A Modern Affair, Backstreet Justice, The Horror at 37,000 Feet, The Stuff, The Borrowers, An Invasion of Privacy, America, No Big Deal, Trouble on the Corner, Arthur? Arthur!, You Can't Go Home Again, Just Crazy About Horses, The Practical Princess, The Spy Who Returned From the Dead, Tartuffe, Art's Demise, The Other Man
TV Shows The Tammy Grimes Show, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, My Little Pony: Escape from Catrina

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1 In 1965, Grimes made headlines after she had been beaten and injured twice in four days by what were described as "white racists". According to a report, Miss Grimes said she believed the attacks were related to her association with several black entertainers and recent appearances in public with Sammy Davis Jr. who was said to be staging a nightclub act for her.
2 Won the Best Supporting Actress Tony Award for playing the lead role in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" because her name was not 'big' enough to appear on top of the title. According to Tony rules at the time, performers whose names appeared before the title were judged in the lead acting categories.
3 Has won two Tony Awards on only two nominations: in 1961 as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for playing the title character, Molly Brown, in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown;" and in 1970 as Best Actress (Dramatic), for a revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives."
4 Also won a Tony (In the correct category of Best Actress this time) when she played "Amanda" in "Private Lives" on Broadway in 1970. Other Broadway appearances include Neil Simon's play "California Suite" (1976), the musicals "High Spirits" (1964) and "42nd Street" (1980), and revivals of Molière's "Tartuffe" (1977) and Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" (1989).
5 Replaced E.G. Marshall as the host for the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" in 1982 (the final season of the program).
6 She named her daughter Amanda Michael Plummer (born in 1957) after her character in Noel Coward's Private Lives.
7 Tried out for the 1952 free-style Olympic swimming team, but just missed out.
8 Was originally offered the role of "Samantha Stephens" on Bewitched (1964); she turned the part down in order to concentrate on her stage career. Elizabeth Montgomery was cast instead. She did work with Dick Sargent (the second "Darrin" on Bewitched (1964)) on The Tammy Grimes Show (1966).
9 Studied acting at New York City's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of legendary acting coach, Sanford Meisner.
10 Originated the title role in the Broadway production of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown".
11 Mother, with Christopher Plummer, of Amanda Plummer.



Breathe 2005 Short Narrator (voice)
The Portrait 1999 Short Dora Gold
High Art 1998 Vera
Trouble on the Corner 1997 Mrs. K
A Modern Affair 1995 Dr. Gresham
Backstreet Justice 1994 Mrs. Finnegan
The Young Riders 1990 TV Series Margaret Herrick
Square One Television 1990 TV Series Lauren Bacchanal
Mathnet 1990 TV Series Lauren Bacchanal
Slaves of New York 1989 Georgette
Long Ago and Far Away 1989 TV Series Narrator
Mr. North 1988 Sarah Baily-Lewis
The Equalizer 1986 TV Series Julia Jacobs
America 1986 Joy Hackley
Royal Match 1985 TV Movie Queen Mother Estelle
The Stuff 1985 Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial
My Little Pony: Escape from Catrina 1985 TV Movie Catrina (voice)
St. Elsewhere 1984 TV Series Fairy Godmother
A Matter of Cunning 1983 TV Movie Sylvia Markham
No Big Deal 1983 TV Movie Mrs. Norberry
Loving 1983 TV Series Mrs. Haversham (1995)
An Invasion of Privacy 1983 TV Movie Paula
The Last Unicorn 1982 Molly Grue (voice)
Can't Stop the Music 1980 Sydne Channing
CBS Library 1980 TV Series Princess
The Practical Princess 1980 Short Princess (voice)
The Runner Stumbles 1979 Erna Webber
You Can't Go Home Again 1979 TV Movie Amy Carlton
The Love Boat 1979 TV Series Christine
Tartuffe 1978 TV Movie Elmire
Somebody Killed Her Husband 1978 Audrey Van Santen
That Was the Year That Was - 1976 1976 TV Movie
'Twas the Night Before Christmas 1974 TV Short Albert (voice)
The Snoop Sisters 1974 TV Series Amanda Bastion
The Wide World of Mystery 1974 TV Series Cynthia
The Borrowers 1973 TV Movie Homily Clock
The Horror at 37,000 Feet 1973 TV Movie Mrs. Pinder
Play It As It Lays 1972 Helene
Love, American Style 1971 TV Series segment "Love and the Love Potion"
- Love and the Heist/Love and the Love Potion/Love and the Teddy Bear 1971 ... segment "Love and the Love Potion"
NBC Children's Theatre 1971 TV Series
The Other Man 1970 TV Movie Denise Gray
Arthur! Arthur! 1969 Lady Joan Mellon
The Outcasts 1969 TV Series Polly
Tarzan 1967 TV Series Polly Larkin
Three Bites of the Apple 1967 Angela Sparrow
The Tammy Grimes Show 1966 TV Series Tammy Ward
The Trials of O'Brien 1965 TV Series Mother Superior
Mr. Broadway 1964 TV Series Nella
Destry 1964 TV Series Patience Dailey
Burke's Law 1964 TV Series Jill Marsh
Route 66 1963 TV Series Greta Inger Gruenschaffen / Celli Brahms
The Virginian 1963 TV Series Angie Clark
Dow Hour of Great Mysteries 1960 TV Series Daisy Strong
Play of the Week 1960 TV Series Mehitabel
Sunday Showcase 1960 TV Series
Omnibus 1959 TV Series
The Gift of the Magi 1958 TV Movie
Kraft Theatre 1957 TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood 1957 TV Series Gloria Loman
Max Liebman Spectaculars 1956 TV Series
The United States Steel Hour 1955 TV Series Hazel Corey



The Danny Kaye Show 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Destry 1964 TV Series performer - 1 episode



The Mike Douglas Show 1962-1979 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Actress
Just Crazy About Horses 1978 Documentary Narrator
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show 1963-1974 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1972 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Irv Kupcinet Show 1971 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 24th Annual Tony Awards 1970 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1961-1968 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself - Comedienne
Italy's in Season 1967 Short documentary Herself (filming 'Three Bites of the Apple (1967)')
You Don't Say 1967 TV Series Herself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Palace 1966 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Danny Kaye Show 1966 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Dean Martin Show 1965 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Celebrity Game 1964 TV Series Herself
The Garry Moore Show 1963 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Andy Williams Show 1962 TV Series Herself - Guest
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Herself
The 15th Annual Tony Awards 1961 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1959-1960 TV Series Herself
The Arthur Murray Party 1959 TV Series Herself - Guest
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Herself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 2003 Documentary Herself
Life and Times 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
Beyond Titanic 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself - Singer / Actress
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Previous Winner
The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1993 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical
A&E Stage 1984 TV Series Herself - Host
Great Performances 1983 TV Series Herself
American Playhouse 1983 TV Series Herself
The 36th Annual Tony Awards 1982 TV Special Herself - Audience Member

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The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1998 TV Special Herself

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1 My agent asked would I like to do a musical. I said, 'Of course I would.' He said, 'Well, I've got the part for you.' So I read it, and I thought she was a stupid girl. She loved society. She just wanted to be social and have a lot of money. And I said, 'That's not very sensitive or tasteful' or whatever. So I told my agent, Baron Polan, that I didn't want to play it, and he grabbed my shoulders and he shook me a little bit on Fifth Avenue and said, 'Do you want to be a star or don't you want to be a star?' And I said, 'I want to be a star.' TG -- about her star-making role in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"

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