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Falls From Grace: Gloria Grahame
"The new season of famous fates, titled Falls from. Grace is coming to a close. Each Wednesday we featured two new episodes that focused on a different scandalous figure from history. If you enjoyed today's episode head over to the famous bates feed defined, our entire season of falls from grace. These episodes are free and only available on spotify. Today's episode features. Gloria, grahame, she was admired during the nineteen forties and fifties for her sophisticated acting style and was recognized by her signature lipstick. But she would soon become known for her tumultuous personal life, numerous husbands and a spiraling career. Today's episode details. The story of Bobby Driscoll, a child star for Disney who voiced Peter Pan. But his life would end up being anything but magical to hear it head over to the famous fates feed on spotify to listen for free today. Oh morning. This episode features discussions of intimate partner violence and statutory rape that some listeners may find disturbing. We advise extreme caution for listeners under thirteen. Glorious. Sat at her vanity in London looking in the mirror. Her dress was perfect. Her face was perfect. She was almost convinced that she was perfect and ready for tonight's incredibly exciting event meeting the Queen of England on her boyfriend. Usual was there to remind her that whatever the public thought of her however much. She looked like a star on the silver screen. Really. She was nothing he didn't want her to go meet the Queen He. He hadn't gotten an invitation and how could Gloria. Deserve one. If he didn't, he proved his point by dragging his nails across her back in a terrifyingly quick violent move one long red scars from her neck to her waist that night Gloria push through the pain and covered up the marks with makeup determined to be the star. She was desperate to be bought. Eventually, her endless personal troubles would slip out from under the cover up. And ruined her. Hi I'm Vanessa Richardson and I'm Carter. Roy. And this is season. Two of famous fates falls from grace. This season were examining once revered historical figures whose stories ended in less than savory ways. Every week we're bringing you two episodes examining the lives of two fascinating people in the same industry. They were beloved for their incredible accomplishments until they were reviled for their sins. This we're covering to. Hollywood celebrities and their meteoric falls from stardom starting with film nor actress Gloria, Grahame and the nineteen forties and Fifties Gloria was known for her sophisticated acting style and signature lipstick. But. What really thrust her into the public eye were her tumultuous personal life in multiple husbands as events escalated at home. Glorious Career backslid into oblivion. We'll dig into glorious dramatic rise to stardom right after. This. It was the summer of nineteen, forty, five frank, capra. Was Casting. It's a wonderful life and he needed a blonde a sex pot to play the secondary character. A violent BIC none of the usual suspects were available. He needed someone new. So he started dredging through the reserves of Hollywood's young untried starlets until he got the perfect screen test twenty, two year old Gloria grahame. Grahame was blonde. She was beautiful and she was talented cap was delighted and as other Hollywood insiders heard about this. Gorgeous, talented blonde wandering around on CAPRA set. They were delighted to for Gloria the attention as well as the part was welcome. She always been shy and insecure. That's why she loved acting when she was playing a role, she could make herself into someone. Someone bigger and stronger at least for a little while. But suddenly Hollywood was telling her she should feel that way all the time and not just with compliments the soon as Capra caster everything changed, she was it seemed a star stardom. Gloria? Found meant all kinds of good things I. There were the parts they were coming in droves in nineteen, forty, seven alone the. The year, it's a wonderful life finally came out, she was in four films. Then there were the parties, the red carpets, the publicity jobs she was on the cover of life magazine in the fall of forty six, she received her First Academy Award Nomination for best supporting actress in nineteen, forty seven for her role in crossfire. It was everything Gloria could have dreamed of. On. Fortunately, if she'd hoped, the world's adulation would wipe away. Her insecurities didn't. In fact, it made her more anxious than ever about earning the role of Hollywood star. She had to be perfect, and she never felt that way especially when she looked in the mirror more than anything, she hated the ridges of her upper lip. She did her best to cover them up with makeup using elaborate combinations of lipstick and liner to create optical illusions of a full smooth lip, some of her Hollywood compatriots. Referred to these creations as her many mouths. Gloria didn't want many mouths. She wanted one perfect mouth. So she turned to surgery in the nineteen forties. Plastic surgery was still very new practice. One that came with risks, but Gloria didn't care. She was a star now and she had to be the most beautiful version of herself. Even if it involved a knife and after all, these were small operations just plumping up. Up Her lipstick get rid of those ridges. Then when she got into the swing of the surgery business, it made sense to shave down her job own as well. She was inching closer to perfection with every surgery. She could feel it unfortunately, she never felt quite there. Her insecurities didn't go away and they were only compounded by her failing marriage to actor. Stanley, clements. He'd made her feel terrible from the day. They married. The fights had been endless at first. It had seemed like passion. But as Glorious Star Rose Stanley's jealousy and paranoia increased and the fights got louder meaner, more physical. Gloria. Couldn't do it anymore. She had to get out focus on her career on being a Hollywood star. She needed a man who'd support her in that not hold her back. So in nineteen, forty, seven filed for divorce. The separation was a relief perhaps now, she could really enjoy the delights of stardom even for appearance wasn't quite perfect. Things were getting better moving in the right direction and Hollywood still enamored with this beautiful new starlet agreed. In nineteen, Forty, eight Gloria began working on a woman secret. She played a naive young singer whose eventually killed by the two leads. It was her biggest rule yet. She was more than just a love interest and she got lots of screen time. Gloria was delighted and determined to take full advantage of the role. If she demanded perfection of her face, she wanted perfection in her films to especially this one, the first. First time she really counted plus she liked the director, Nick Ray, she wanted to impress him. So she became more assertive. She made suggestions about blocking and lines as well as makeup and costumes and Nick, Ray was impressed. The pair started dating during filming when filming ended in nineteen, Forty Eight, only one day after glorious divorce was finalized. They were married five and a half months later, they had their first baby timmy. Unfortunately, the relationship quickly started to look alarmingly like glorious first marriage like Stanley Nick was a gambler and drinker later in life, timmy would recall stay with his father as a teenager and waking up to find that nick had literally gambled away the house while he was sleeping Gloria build nick out of his debts. Mind that so much. It gave her a chance to berate him and to insinuate, she would leave him which gave him a chance to respond with anger increasingly. The only attention he'd give her once again. Glorious relationship was providing horrifying evidence for her worst fears that she wasn't good enough that she didn't deserve attention in love much less stardom. Only this time, she didn't try to push those feelings away and escape her marriage instead, she threw herself into it determined to make nick show that really he loved her but Gloria is increasingly erratic belligerent behaviors stayed at home for now co stars and crew alike loved her and raved about her kindness as far as Hollywood was concerned Gloria was still on top and even nick in his role as a director had to admit that. In nineteen, forty, nine nick was brought on to direct a picture with Gloria as the lead. The line producer Robert Lord made glorious sign a contract that stated she would always follow Knicks Direction while working on the film and she did onset, the pair was amicable and always professional. But as nick went through rewrites of the film in a lonely place began to parallel the jealousy and paranoia in their marriage partway through filming nick moved out of their home in December of that year, Gloria filed for divorce. But then Gloria stopped the suit in May of nineteen fifty, the couple bought a new house together. Perhaps the film and a little time apart had helped them work through the demons plaguing their relationship. Regardless. It seemed that they'd agreed to move on from their troubled past and start again. But Gloria, couldn't move on from in lonely place just yet once the film was released in early nineteen fifty, she made headlines in a controversy called the great nightgown debate Gloria had clearly been nude underneath the bedsheets in one of the film scenes and the public was up in arms about common decency. The most vocal complaints came from nightgown companies who thought that the public would stop buying nineties. If Gloria grahame wouldn't wear one part things were going well, Gloria. She'd made a good picture she. She, and her husband were in a good place. Her lips weren't dragging her down too much now that her husband was showing her love Sushi reacted like the real star. She knew she was with nonchalance all she told the press was that. Of course, she always slept in the raw. Why wouldn't she the next few years matched this breezy confident tone. They were the busiest and most lucrative of glorious career. She had roles in fifteen films between nineteen, fifty and nineteen, fifty, five all while taking care of her young son. Timmy things with nick meanwhile stayed relatively calm and peaceful. In her worst moments, Gloria couldn't stand the calm. She needed fireworks to feel loved. Perhaps, that's what led to the disaster that struck next in the summer of nineteen fifty, one knicks thirteen year old son Tony Ray came to visit. Nick and Gloria at the couple's house in Malibu. Tony had never met Gloria. But he knew she was an actress and a beautiful one mic was apparently pulled away for filming the day Tony arrived. So it was up to Gloria to keep his son entertained. She was frantic unsure about what teenage boys like to do. But when Tony Arrived Gloria forgot all of her worries. The to allegedly had an instant connection. And not a connection of a stepson and his stepmother according to Nick when he came home later that afternoon, he allegedly found twenty-seven-year-old Gloria having sex with Tony. He immediately flew into a rage smashing anything breakable. He could get his hands on and stormed out of the House a few weeks. Later, the couple filed for divorce and Tony was back at home with his biological mother. It's unclear if this version of Gloria and Tony, story. Holds any truth. Her third husband told the, New York Post. It's fiction and Tony and Gloria never spoke publicly about the allegations. However, it ended glorious second marriage had blown up spectacularly. But unlike her first husband Nick was a high powered director who had the power to ruin her if the vial rumors about glorious infidelity got out to the papers, she'd be black balled in an instant her future rested in his hands. 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What do you really know best is the name of the show. All right. Well, I think we can let them be the judge of that new episodes of mom knows best every Monday exclusively on spotify. So follow and you can listen for free. Now back to the story. In one, thousand, nine, hundred, fifty, one, twenty-seven-year-old, Gloria Grahame, and her husband director. Nick. Ray separated after nick allegedly found Gloria having sex with his thirteen year old son, the story didn't make it into the papers at the time. It remained a rumor between close friends of Nick Gloria. Antoni one, they all confirmed and denied at different times. Thanks to that. Quiet for the time being glorious career was doing better than ever. She worked on the movie that would bring her an Oscar the bad and the beautiful and another Oscar winner. The greatest show on earth. These would become some of her most acclaimed films. But even now, after the disastrous end of her last marriage, Gloria wasn't one to languish without a man. She needed the affirmation of love, and by April of Nineteen, fifty-two, Gloria had already found herself another serious relationship with comedian Cy Howard. Gloria Nick had only been separated about six months at this time and their divorce hearings were still a long way off the tabloids took note painting the. The story as a scandal, but at first, it seemed to be your average acceptable Hollywood. Scandal glorious career wasn't affected on a personal front Gloria was affected cy like all the men she'd been with was possessive and jealous, glorious spurred him on hungry for the passionate angry fights that in her mind spelled love that combative relationship proved the catalyst for the first major blow to glorious career. In nineteen fifty three Gloria was invited to the Academy Awards with a nomination for best supporting actress. She was anxious for weeks leading up to the event desperate for everything to be perfect. She'd be up against some of the biggest names in Hollywood, and this would be the first televised Oscars in history. If she didn't win, she'd be humiliated. But if she did win Gloria News, she'd have to look and sound perfect for her adoring fans as the day Ju-, closer. Closer, Gloria, became more and more worried onset. She kept the anxiety under wraps, but at home and with friends the Oscars were the only topic of conversation on the day of the event Gloria. Waited in her trailer for side, pick her up dressed to the nines in her gown. Her face meanwhile was bear she wanted to wait to do her makeup until the last moment to ensure it didn't run when cy came in. He demanded she leave her face bear. As usual, he was jealous. and. Today his point of contention was makeup. Gloria was just as adamant that she had to look perfect tonight. So she locked herself in the bathroom and created one of the most lavish lips she had ever drawn unfortunately by the time, the fight and the lips were done. She had no time left to do any other makeup. The result was a half finished almost washed out appearance. This is part of what started rumors that she was drunk at the show. The other origin of the rumors stemmed from what happened when the winner of best supporting actress was announced. Gloria waited with bated breath and trembling hands while the nominees were listed. She was up against the likes of Jean Hagen for singing in the rain and Colette Marchand for Moulin Rouge Gloria felt it was almost impossible that she could win against such talented actresses. But just in case she had prepared speech with cy something witty and charming something that would really blow the socks off the American public who were seeing the award show for the first time on their televisions. Luckily because Gloria one. She turned to Cy and gave him a kiss. Then quickly made her way to the stage. She stumbled slightly as she reached the stairs, the lights were much brighter than she expected, but that wouldn't stop her from getting her award. She made her way across the stage smiling from ear to ear, then took the statuette from the presenter. But after all these weeks of tension after the distraction of that fight with cy earlier in the evening. Perhaps, thanks to the distraction of her unpainted face. Gorey's mind went blank. She stared out at the Sea of clapping spectators and then instead of her funny delightful speech. She gasped out a breathless. Thank you very much. As. Soon, as the words left her mouth Gloria darted offstage, mortified, she'd won the award, but she'd been a failure at receiving it and just like that. The public's favourite up and coming star had started her own downhill. Descent tabloids quickly spread the news that Gloria was a narcissistic drunk who didn't believe in thanking her cast mates and crew for their efforts. The rumors only grew as Gloria meekly repeated that she simply had stage fright, and at one point revealed that she allowed her son Timmy to use her Oscar as one of his dolls, Gloria tried to turn a blind eye to these smear campaigns, but the stress only made her insecurities grow. She went in for plastic surgery again, this time on her upper lip to shorten the despised ridges, but instead, the doctor paralyzed her upper lip. Gloria was mortified and started stuffing her lips with cotton to hide little, they moved with multiple surgeries and some experimental dentistry over the next few years, she was able to move her lip again. But throughout the rest of her career, Gloria, would show up to set without any notice covered in bandages from some new surgery. It became so drastic that in some of our films, it's clear that she has different features from one scene to another one magazine. gave her the nickname, the girl with the Novacaine lip nothing was going right and Gloria was cracking under the pressure for the first time. Her anxiety started spilling over from her home to her film sets to disastrous effect. While working on the big heat, Gloria continuously wiped off and reader makeup. Right before takes. Chelsea refuse to hit any of remarks making it impossible for the camera man to keep her in. Focus. But. Arguably, the worst issue was that Gloria performance scene and get notes from the director. Then in the next take, she would do something completely new. She claimed that since her character was unstable, she too would be unstable perhaps that relationship actually went in reverse. Thanks to this erratic behavior, Hollywood insiders were starting to get just as skeptical of Gloria as the press, but she was still a big name and a talented actress. Perhaps, she deserved a little leeway for some diva behavior onset in nineteen, fifty, four given one last chance, and it was her highest paid biggest role to date. Eight Oh Anne in Oklahoma, she'd get one hundred, thousand dollars for the role that's close to the equivalent of one million dollars in twenty twenty. But if Oklahoma was glorious last chance she blew it. She was an absolute menace onset. She would reportedly do anything possible to try to pull attention away from other actors in her shot. She frequently interrupted filming halfway through seen at one point. She even hid her co star over the head and pulled his hat over his eyes in the middle of take by the end of the shoot. Not One crew member or cast member had a good thing to say about Gloria. Grahame. After Oklahoma. Gloria was effectively blackballed. She was never asked onto a notable film. Again, she transitioned into bit parts on television and worked for low fees on smaller film productions. Meanwhile, her already tense relationship with the press turned more sour than ever. She refused to give interviews about projects unless the studios forced her to, they'd played a role in her descent down the Hollywood hierarchy and. And, while her behavior onset likely played a bigger role. It was the pressure from the press that had caused that to it was all the fault of the tabloids petty rumors and she wouldn't answer. They're silly questions. Even Win Gloria did show up for interviews. She always had what was deemed a bad attitude twentieth century. Fox. Executives claim they were embarrassed by her behavior. Meanwhile glorious personal life as usual was devolving at the end of Nineteen fifty-six. She was thirty three years old and new mother to Marianna Paulette, but even a baby couldn't improve her destructive dynamic with Cy. In fact, it only made things worse in March of Nineteen Fifty, seven, Gloria moved out with Paulette and Timmy in tow and went to live with her sister joy and van is. She inside were officially divorced in October of that year, her career devolved alongside her marriage in nineteen, fifty seven, she was paid only ten thousand dollars for her work in ride out revenge when times got tough in nineteen fifty-nine, she accepted a role in odds against tomorrow, which only paid her five thousand dollars lawyers. Golden years had officially come to an end, but the press wasn't done with her yet in nineteen fifty, eight. Gloria. Welcomed yet another love interest into her life and old companion who she hadn't seen in over five years, her ex Stepson Tony Ray. Coming up glorious last and largest scandal now back to the story. In the spring of Nineteen Fifty, seven Gloria was a thirty three year old three time divorced mother of two living with her sister's family in Van Nuys California, her career was looking just as bad as her personal life after million dollar roles like eight Oh and Ian Homa, she was struggling to find parts into this picture walked her ex Stepson Tony. Now, twenty years old, the attraction was still there. By Gloria, after three zestril marriages was hesitant to throw herself into what would likely be another explosive situation at least as far as the press was concerned. She knew that a relationship with Tony could be easily misconstrued as incest. Even Gloria wondered if there was something profane about her attraction to this young man to us ways those fears, the pair went to a psychiatrist in New York to discuss their relationship, whatever they determined behind those closed doors. They made the private decision that there was nothing untoward between them, and then on May thirteenth nineteen sixty, they got married in Tijuana Mexico most of glorious family and friends accepted the marriage even if there was a strange whiff of impropriety about marrying your ex husband son. Even. If the age difference was bit alarming. It's not as if glorious previous relationships had been any better and she was so down with barely any work, perhaps this would make her happy. But some people in glorious orbit were not. So charitable side Howard was appalled. And in nineteen sixty one he filed for full custody of his glorious daughter Paulette. He believed Tony Inglorious Marriage was hurting Paulette's morals and turning her against him. Nick Ray was unsurprisingly even more furious. He refused to talk to Tony for years after the marriage, but nothing compared to the censure, Gloria and Tony received from the press. The story appeared in almost every publication in Hollywood becoming glorious, most infamous news story. For woman who'd already been gossiped out of Hollywood, the tabloids railed against her claiming that she was a terrible mother and tossing around the word incest liberally, not one publication printed a word in her favor and with less and less work coming in soon, all Gloria was known for was her relationship. Gloria was understandably crushed. She had worked for years to hone her craft. She'd been dedicated as well as talented actress. Even if some behavioral issues had made her difficult to work with, and now she was being thrown out of Hollywood by the press. Why should they have say perhaps if she'd been a man none of her personal mistakes or her behavioral issues, onset would have mattered. But she wasn't. And, there were a million other beautiful girls lined up outside the studio doors ready to take her place Gloria didn't have a choice newly married and thirty seven years. Old Gloria left Hollywood and went back to the stage where she'd started acting as a child and I built up her acting resume. But she wasn't even welcome on Broadway these days she tony and the children went to Massachusetts. She managed to find work on small stage plays for ten years on the East Coast. During this time she gave birth to two sons Tony Gender in James. But this quiet existence was far from peaceful signs had not given up on his plan to get custody of Paulette. The trials were exhausting and stressful at one point the. Put Gloria, in the hospital, she was given electric shock treatments, a fairly common treatment for mental health issues at the time. But in a terrible twist of fate, the shocks permanently altered her memory. Now, she could barely remember her lines or parts of her own life, but even that wasn't the end of glorious utter demise. The now teenage Timmy chose to move out and live with his father. Timmy felt that Gloria and her new family no longer had time for him. Perhaps, he also wasn't entirely comfortable with treating his brother like a father and meanwhile tony was just as abusive as Gloria's previous husbands had been both physically and mentally. When they divorced in Nineteen, seventy four, he joined cy by knocking down her door with demands for custody rights. Glorious agonizing stress continued right. Until the bitter end. It was when she went back to the hospital for issues relating to stress that she was informed, she had breast cancer. She started radiation. Did her best to fight the disease by getting healthy giving up smoking and putting all her attention into her nutrition. Gloria wanted to be able to see. See Her children grow up. Even if they weren't able to be with her for a time, it seemed her fight had worked and nineteen, seventy eight, the cancer went into remission and Gloria. Even went back to work doing theater in London. But in nineteen, eighty one, she suddenly collapsed in the middle of a rehearsal. She had just enough time left to fly back to her family in the states and on October fifth. Nineteen. eighty-one at age fifty three. Gloria grahame died. By the time she died glorious success and scandals were both in the past. She was one of many Hollywood starlets who made it big and then disappeared into a miasma of personal drama and rumours. But in retrospect, what's most memorable about Gloria is her talent and her determination to keep acting and following her passion despite the many compromises she eventually made to do. So she might have been the perfect Hollywood star. She's so wanted to be a few short years. But she was an actress, her entire life. None of the men in her life could take that away from her however much. They might have wanted to, nor could they rob her of her final memorial? The beloved films she made conic with her many mouths and all. Thanks again for tuning into falls from grace, we found the book suicide blonde, the life of Gloria Grahame by Vincent, Curcio, extremely helpful to our research. You can find more episodes of falls from grace and all other podcast originals for free on spotify. We'll be back next week with another story of remarkable success and even more remarkable downfall falls from grace was created by Max Cutler, and his a podcast studios original. Producers include Max and Ron. Cutler sound designed by Dick Schroeder with production assistance by Ron Shapiro, Carly Madden and Travis Clark, this episode of falls from grace was written by Addie Brueggemann with ready assistance by Kate. Gallagher. And Stars, Vanessa Richardson, and Carter Roy. Again, it's been ESA before we go. I wanted to remind you to check out the new parkhouse original series. Mama knows best every Monday, join social media icon, Addison. 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