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Lee Grant

Grant at the premiere of F.I.S.T., April 1978
Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal
October 31, 1927 (1927-10-31) (age 82)
New York City, New York,
United States
Occupation Actress/Director
Years active 1950–2005
Spouse(s) Arnold Manoff (1951-1960)
Joseph Feury (1962-present)

Lee Grant (born October 31, 1927) is an American theater, film and television actress, and film director who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s.

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Early life

Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City, the daughter of Eastern European Jewish immigrants Witia (née Haskell), a teacher, and Abraham W. Rosenthal, a realtor and educator.[1] 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.

Career

Grant established herself as a dramatic actress on Broadway while a teenager, earning praise for her role as a shoplifter in the play Detective Story. She made her film debut in the movie version of Detective Story, receiving her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination, and winning 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, father of 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, appearing in the television series Peyton Place as the evil Stella Chernak. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama for that role.

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 directed several documentary films, including Down and Out in America (1986) which won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. In recent years she directed a series of Intimate Portrait episodes (for Lifetime Television) that celebrated a diverse range of accomplished women.

Grant appeared as a cunning lawyer/murderess on an episode of Columbo, for which she was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie. Competing against herself, she received the award for her other Emmy-nominated performance in The Neon Ceiling. She had her own sitcom, a series entitled Fay (1975), which, in spite of its popularity, was canceled after only eight episodes by nervous NBC executives who received hate mail that demonized 'Fay the divorcee.' It remains the highest-ranking Nielsen-ranked show (at fifth) to have been canceled so early in its debut. Grant was vocal in assigning blame for the cancellation of the series which was about the travails of a mature, divorced, sexually active woman - a character that may have turned off some viewers.

Grant also guest starred on Empty Nest, a TV series in which her daughter Dinah Manoff was a regular.

Filmography

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As actress

Year Film Role Notes
1951 Detective Story Shoplifter Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe
1955 Storm Fear Edna
1959 Middle of the Night Marilyn
The Blue Angel uncredited
1963 The Balcony Carmen
An Affair of the Skin Katherine McCleod
1964 Terror in the City Suzy
1967 Divorce American Style Dede Murphy
In the Heat of the Night Mrs. Leslie Colbert Nominated - Golden Globe
Valley of the Dolls Miriam
1968 Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Fritzie Braddock
1969 The Big Bounce Joanne
Marooned Celia Pruett
1970 The Landlord Joyce Enders Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe
There Was a Crooked Man... Mrs. Bullard
1971 The Last Generation archive footage
Plaza Suite Norma Hubley
1972 Portnoy's Complaint Sophie Portnoy
1974 The Internecine Project Jean Robertson
1975 Shampoo Felicia Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe
1976 Voyage of the Damned Lillian Rosen Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe
1977 Airport '77 Karen Wallace
The Spell Marilyn Matchett
1978 Damien: Omen II Ann Thorn
The Swarm Anne MacGregor
The Mafu Cage Ellen
1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Clarisse Ethridge
1980 Little Miss Marker The Judge
1981 Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Mrs. Lupowitz
1982 Visiting Hours Deborah Ballin
1984 Billions for Boris Sascha Harris
Constance Mrs. Barr
Teachers Dr. Donna Burke
1985 Sanford Meisner: The American Theatre's Best Kept Secret Herself documentary
1987 The Big Town Ferguson Edwards
1991 Defending Your Life Lena Foster
1992 Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story Carol Gertz TV
Earth and the American Dream Narrator documentary
1996 It's My Party Amalia Stark
The Substance of Fire Cora Cahn
Under Heat Jane
1998 Poor Liza
2000 Dr. T & the Women Dr. Harper
The Amati Girls Aunt Spendora
2001 Mulholland Drive Louise Bonner
2005 The Needs of Kim Stanley Herself documentary
Going Shopping Winnie

As director

Year Production Notes
1975 For the Use of the Hall TV
1976 The Stronger short subject
1980 Tell Me a Riddle
1981 The Willmar 8 documentary
1984 A Matter of Sex TV
1985 What Sex Am I? documentary
ABC Afterschool Special Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale (TV episode)
1986 Nobody's Child TV - Won - DGA Award
Down and Out in America documentary (also narrator)
1989 Staying Together (film)
No Place Like Home TV
1994 When Women Kill documentary
Seasons of the Heart TV
Following Her Heart TV
Reunion TV
1997 Say It, Fight It, Cure It TV
1999 Confronting the Crisis: Childcare in America TV
2000 American Masters Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light
The Loretta Claiborne Story TV
2001 The Gun Deadlock TV
2004 Biography Melanie Griffith
2000-2004 Intimate Portrait 43 episodes
2005 ... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood TV

References

  1. ^ Lee Grant biography. Film Reference.com.

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