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      Lee Grant

      Lee Grant

      Highest Rated: 100% Divorce American Style (1967)

      Lowest Rated: 9% The Swarm (1978)

      Birthday: Oct 31, 1925

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Lee Grant began her career as a child performer with NYC's Metropolitan Opera. By age 11, she had become a member of the American Ballet Theatre. After music studies at Juilliard, she won a scholarship to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse and switched her focus to acting. Grant understudied the role of Ado Annie in a touring production of "Oklahoma!" before landing her breakthrough stage role as a young shoplifter in Sidney Kingsley's "Detective Story" in 1949. Hollywood soon beckoned and she recreated the role in William Wyler's 1951 film version. Grant won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress prize and earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the role. Seemingly on the verge of a brilliant career, the actress found herself the victim of the blacklist when her husband, playwright Arnold Manoff was named before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Grant refused to testify and the film offers over the next decade were sporadic. Returning to Manhattan, Grant found work in TV (e.g., the daytime soap "Search for Tomorrow") and on stage (i.e., "A Hole in the Head" 1957; "Two for the Seesaw" 1959). After earning an OBIE Award for her work in Genet's "The Maids" in 1963, her small screen career began to pick up. In 1965, Grant joined the cast of the primetime soap "Peyton Place" as Stella Chernak and picked up an Emmy for her work. She earned a second statuette for her performance as a runaway wife and mother who ends up at a truck stop in California in "The Neon Ceiling" (NBC, 1971). By the time she had earned her second Emmy, Grant's feature career had been rejuvenated with her stellar work as the widow of a murder victim in Norman Jewison's Oscar-winning "In the Heat of the Night" (1967). That same year, she played in the campy "Valley of the Dolls." In "The Landlord" (1970), she was the society matron mother of Beau Bridges and her comic portrayal earned her a second Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Grant then played the mother of all Jewish mothers, Sophie Portnoy, in Ernest Lehman's film version of Philip Roth's novel "Portnoy's Complaint" (1972). Hal Ashby's "Shampoo" (1975) finally brought her a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award as a Beverly Hills matron having an affair with her hairdresser. The following year, Grant received a fourth nomination for her deeply moving portrayal of a Jewish refugee in "Voyage of the Damned." Her subsequent screen roles have been of varying quality, although Grant always brings a professionalism and degree of excellence to even the smallest role. After striking out as a sitcom lead in the underrated "Fay" (NBC, 1975), she delivered a fine portrayal of First Lady Grace Coolidge in "Backstairs at the White House" (NBC, 1979), was the domineering mother of actress Frances Farmer in "Will There Really Be a Morning?" (CBS, 1983) and excelled as Dora Cohn, mother of "Roy Cohn" (HBO, 1992). On the big screen, Grant lent her substantial abilities to "Teachers" (1984) as a hard-nosed school superintendent, "Defending Your Life" (1991), as an elegant prosecutor sparring with adversary Rip Torn, and "It's My Party" (1996), as the mother a of man suffering from complications from AIDS. While Grant has continued to act in features and on TV, she has concentrated more on her directing career since the 80s. After studying at the American Film Institute, she made the short "The Stronger" (1976) which eventually aired on A&E's "Shortstories" in 1988. Grant made her feature debut with "Tell Me a Riddle" (1980), an earnest story of an elderly couple facing death. She has excelled in the documentary format, beginning with "The Wilmar 8" (1981), about a strike by female bank employees in the Midwest. (Grant later directed a fictionalized account entitled "A Matter of Sex" for NBC in 1984). She steered Marlo Thomas to an Emmy in the fact-based "Nobody's Child" (CBS, 1986) and earned praise for helming "No Place Like Home" (CBS, 1989), a stark look at the effects of unemployment. A number of her documentaries have been screen as part of HBO's "America Undercover" series, including the Oscar-winning "Down and Out in America" (1985), about the unemployed, "What Sex Am I?" (1985), about trangender individuals, "Battered" (1989), about victims of domestic violence, and "Women on Tria '' (1992), about mothers who turn to the courts to protect their children. In 1997, she produced, directed and hosted the well-received "Say It, Fight It, Cure It" (Lifetime) which focused on breast cancer survivors and their families. More recently Grant has appeared in films such as "Dr. T and The Women" (2000), "Mulholland Drive" (2001) and "Going Shopping" (2005.)

      Highest rated movies

      Divorce American Style
      Defending Your Life
      In the Heat of the Night
      The Landlord
      Marooned
      Mulholland Dr.
      There Was a Crooked Man
      Voyage of the Damned

      Photos

      Lee Grant THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN, Lee Grant, 1970 WHEN YOU COMIN' BACK, RED RYDER?, Lee Grant, Hal Linden, 1979, (c) Columbia Pictures DETECTIVE STORY, Lee Grant, 1951. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, Lee Grant, Sidney Poitier, 1967 PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT, Lee Grant, Richard Benjamin, 1972 PLAZA SUITE, Lee Grant, Walter Matthau, 1971 THE LANDLORD, Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, 1970 SHAMPOO, Warren Beatty, Lee Grant, 1975 MAROONED, front from left: Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, Mariette Hartley, 1969 THE BALCONY, Leonard Nimoy, Lee Grant, 1963 PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT, Lee Grant, Jack Somack, Richard Benjamin, 1972 THE LANDLORD, Beau Bridges, Marki Bey, Lee Grant, 1970 THE INTERNECINE PROJECT, Lee Grant, 1974 PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT, Lee Grant, Richard Benjamin, 1972 THE LANDLORD, Lee Grant, 1970 DEFENDING YOUR LIFE, Albert Brooks, Lee Grant, 1991, (c)Geffen Pictures DAMIEN: OMEN II, William Holden, Lee Grant, 1978. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. MAROONED, Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, Mariette Hartley, 1969 THE LANDLORD, Pearl Bailey, Lee Grant, 1970

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      92% No Score Yet Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster Self - 2021
      90% 68% Hal Self $32.7K 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor Narrator - 2018
      41% 40% Going Shopping Winnie (Character) $20.2K 2005
      84% 87% Mulholland Dr. Louise Bonner (Character) $0 2001
      57% 20% Dr. T & the Women Dr. Harper (Character) $13.1M 2000
      No Score Yet 85% The Loretta Claiborne Story Director - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Poor Liza Unknown (Character) - 2000
      50% 79% It's My Party Amalia Stark (Character) $562.0K 1996
      60% 33% The Substance of Fire Cora Cahn (Character) $81.6K 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reunion Director - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Following Her Heart Director - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Seasons of the Heart Director - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Heat Jane (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 61% Citizen Cohn Dora Cohn (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In My Daughter's Name Maureen Leeds (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 91% Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story Carol Gertz (Character) - 1992
      98% 83% Defending Your Life Lena Foster (Character) $16.2M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She Said No D.A. Doris Cantore (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Place Like Home Director - 1989
      80% 54% Staying Together Director $4.1M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro Marilyn Klinghoffer (Character) - 1989
      50% 36% The Big Town Ferguson Edwards (Character) $776.7K 1987
      No Score Yet 29% Nobody's Child Director - 1986
      No Score Yet 67% Down and Out in America Narrator,
      Director
      - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trial Run Unknown (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What Sex Am I? Director - 1985
      No Score Yet 50% A Matter of Sex Director - 1984
      61% 46% Teachers Dr. Donna Burke (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Billions for Boris Unknown (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Will There Really Be a Morning? Lillian Farmer (Character) - 1983
      14% 24% Visiting Hours Deborah Ballin (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thou Shalt Not Kill Maxine Lochman (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bare Essence Ava Marshall (Character) - 1982
      29% 32% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Mrs. Lupowitz (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Willmar 8 Narrator,
      Director
      - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Ladies Only Anne Holt (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Million Dollar Face Evalyna (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 52% Little Miss Marker The Judge (Character) - 1980
      100% 60% Tell Me A Riddle Director - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Go Home Again Esther Jack (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 38% My Sister, My Love Ellen (Character) - 1978
      9% 19% The Swarm Anne MacGregor (Character) - 1978
      48% 49% Damien: Omen II Ann Thorn (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 25% The Spell Marilyn Matchett (Character) - 1977
      40% 32% Airport '77 Karen Wallace (Character) - 1977
      77% 52% Voyage of the Damned Lili Rosen (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perilous Voyage Virginia Monroe (Character) - 1976
      68% 56% Shampoo Felicia (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 50% Anton Chekhov's The Seagull Unknown (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man Trouble Fay Stewart (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 47% The Internecine Project Jean Robertson (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners in Crime Judge Meredith Leland (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What Are Best Friends For? Adele Ross (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 12% Portnoy's Complaint Sophie Portnoy (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lieutenant Schuster's Wife Ellie Schuster (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man Unknown (Character) - 1971
      67% 56% Plaza Suite Norma Hubley (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 80% Ransom for a Dead Man Leslie Williams (Character) - 1971
      93% 79% The Landlord Joyce Enders (Character) - 1970
      82% 72% There Was a Crooked Man Mrs. Bullard (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Love to Remember Edwina Booker (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Neon Ceiling Carrie Miller (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Slaves Marjorie Howard (Character) - 1970
      86% 45% Marooned Celia Pruett (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 68% Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Fritzie Braddock (Character) - 1968
      100% 57% Divorce American Style Dede Murphy (Character) - 1967
      33% 58% Valley of the Dolls Miriam Polar (Character) - 1967
      96% 92% In the Heat of the Night Mrs. Leslie Colbert (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pie in the Sky Suzy (Character) - 1964
      60% 47% The Balcony Carmen (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Affair of the Skin Katherine McCleod (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 62% Middle of the Night Marilyn (Character) - 1959
      72% 71% Detective Story Shoplifter (Character) - 1951

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ray Bradbury Theater Mrs. Rogers (Character) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Writer 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Anna Lisa Bell (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Peyton Place Stella Chernak (Character) 1964-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Diedre Bassett (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Millie Hallop (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Lennie Converse (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Plymouth Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1953