Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Redhead of the Week

Lee Grant, born in 1927, is an Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated American theater, film and television actress, and film director who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s.

Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City, daughter of Eastern European Jewish immigrants Witia (née Haskell), a teacher, and A. W. Rosenthal, a realtor and educator. Her stage name, Lee Grant, is a compilation of the two leading U.S. Civil War generals. Grant performed as a ballerina with the New York Metropolitan Opera at the age of four, and during her childhood studied dance and acting.

She established herself as a dramatic actress on Broadway while a teenager and was praised for her role as a shoplifter in the play Detective Story. Grant made her film debut in the movie version of Detective Story and received her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination, and won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Called before the House Un-American Activities Committee to testify against her husband, the playwright Arnold Manoff, the father of her only child, her daughter, actress Dinah Manoff, Grant refused to testify and was ultimately blacklisted. She continued to work in theater and resumed her film career in the early 1960s, and also appeared in the television series "Peyton Place", for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama.

Grant received subsequent Academy Award nominations for The Landlord (1970), and Voyage of the Damned (1976). She won an Oscar for Shampoo (1975). She has also directed several documentary films, including Down and Out in America (1986) which won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. In recent years she has directed a series of Intimate Portrait episodes (for Lifetime Television) that celebrate a diverse range of accomplished women.

Her movies:
Detective Story (1951)
Storm Fear (1955)
Middle of the Night (1959)
The Blue Angel (1959)
The Balcony (1963)
An Affair of the Skin (1963)
Terror in the City (1964)
Divorce American Style (1967)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Valley of the Dolls (1967)
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968)
The Big Bounce (1969)
Marooned (1969)
The Landlord (1970)
There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)
The Last Generation (1971)
Plaza Suite (1971)
Portnoy's Complaint (1972)
The Internecine Project (1974)
Shampoo (1975)
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Airport '77 (1977)
Damien: Omen II (1978)
The Swarm (1978)
The Mafu Cage (1978)
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979)
Little Miss Marker (1980)
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
Visiting Hours (1982)
Billions for Boris (1984)
Constance (1984)
Teachers (1984)
Sanford Meisner: The American Theatre's Best Kept Secret (1985) (documentary)
The Big Town (1987)
Defending Your Life (1991)
Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story (1992)
Earth and the American Dream (1992) (documentary) (narrator)
It's My Party (1996)
The Substance of Fire (1996)
Under Heat (1996)
Poor Liza (1998)
Dr. T & the Women (2000)
The Amati Girls (2000)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
The Needs of Kim Stanley (2005) (documentary)
Going Shopping (2005)

Way to go Lee. How could they think someoned named Lee and Grant could be unpatriotic? Bastards.
Thanks to Wikipedia and Lee.

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