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Celeste Holm (Ida)
Celeste Holm made her professional debut in Leslie Howard's HAMLET, beginning a career encompassing theater, motion pictures, supper clubs, and television. After attending school in New York, Chicago, Brooklyn and Paris, she made her Broadway debut in William Saroyan's Pulitzer Prize winning play "THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE in 1939. Miss Holm became a star with her bouncing performance of Ado Annie in the original Broadway production of OKLAHOMA! followed by the title role in BLOOMER GIRL.
Miss Holm then came Hollywood to earn three Academy Award nominations: COME TO THE STABLE, ALL ABOUT EVE, and she won the Oscar for her role in GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, a searing revelation of prejudice, which also won the accolade for Best Picture. THE SNAKE PIT, which was the first film about mental illness, followed and began Miss Holm's lifelong involvement with mental health. Miss Holm is currently starring in the television series "Promised Land" and prior to he work in STILL BREATHING, starred in the new play, "THE BROOCH" for New York City's Miranda Theatre Company. She also recently appeared in Warner Bros.' DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS, a tenet Miss Holm has always ignored.