- CHARITY BENEFIT
by: Sandi Durell
It is with great sadness that I write about Celeste Holm’s death. For several years we served together on the Board of Arts Horizons and I had the great pleasure of attending several soirees at her apartment with her loving husband, opera singer Frank Basile who last year debuted his own cabaret show at the Metropolitan Room.
Celeste and Frank were frequently seen together at many entertainment events around New York City.
Luckily, I also had the great privilege to spend several hours with Celeste and Frank in a long interview about her exciting life in film and theatre.
Her credits are many and here are just a few:
In 1994, Celeste appeared in the Off-Broadway Encores! Concert version of Allegro. In 1991 she appeared in I Hate Hamlet and made her debut on Broadway as Gloriana 1938 and originated the role of Ado Annie in Oklahoma!. Celeste had a long list of Broadway shows in which she appeared throughout her life, and many thought she should have received a Special Tony Award.
Celeste received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the film Gentlemen’s Agreement and was also nominated for Come to the Stable and All About Eve. Holm’s most recent film is the comedy College Debts, to be released in 2013. She appeared extensively in film throughout her career.
Television credits found her nominated for Emmy Awards for Insight and Backstairs at the White House, as well as a Daytime Emmy for Loving. She played roles in the TV series Nancy, Archie Bunker’s Place, Falcon Crest, The Beat, Promised Land, The Love Boat, Touched by an Angel and more.
She is survived by Frank Basile, her fifth husband, and her sons. Funeral arrangements have not been announced and a memorial will be forthcoming.
My condolences to Frank and her family. Celeste Holm will be missed by many.