Celeste Holm: An Actress’s Tempestuous Twilight

Actress Celeste Holm will be remembered for the convention-defying characters she inhabited so artfully – from flirtatious Ado Annie in the Broadway production of Oklahoma! in 1943, to “forthright, pert and frustrated” fashion editor Anne Dettrey in the 1947 film classic, Gentleman’s Agreement.In The Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors, she’s described as “a warm and clever actress, as comfortable in drama as she was in comedy . . . one of the darlings of the postwar film era.” But Holm, …