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Celeste Holm

Celeste Holm

Appointed to the National Arts Council by President Ronald Reagan

Confirmed that she no longer speaks to her sons following 5 years of litigation, which has resulted in Holm losing $2 million in lawyer's fees (2 July 2011).

Following her divorce from Ralph Nelson Holm put her son Ted Nelson in the care of her parents in order to pursue her acting career. She saw him only in between breaks from shooting or rehearsals, but maintained a closer relationship with him when Ted became an adult.

Has a son Daniel Dunning (b. November 1946) from her third husband A. Schuyler Dunning.

Has a son Theodor Holm "Ted" Nelson (b. May 1937) from her first husband Ralph Nelson. Ted is an innovator in the information technology industry. It was Nelson who coined the term "hypertext", in the early 1960s.



Has one grandson David Dunning (b. 1981); they have been estranged since 2007.

Her professional theatrical debut was in a production of "Hamlet" with Leslie Howard (Ashley - Gone With the Wind)

Her youngest son Daniel lived with her until he was age 15 and then began attending boarding school.

In 1957, King Olav V of Norway made her Knight 1st Class of the Order of St. Olav for her help in saving one of Norway's national treasures, the schooner "Christian Radich."

In April 2006, Holm was presented with one of the first two Lifetime Achievement Awards ever awarded by the SunDeis Film Festival at Brandeis University. (Margaret O'Brien received the other.).

Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1992

Is a spokesperson for UNICEF.

Lives on Central Park West in Manhattan, New York City, in a co-op apartment she bought in 1953 for $10,000 cash.

Met her fifth husband Frank Basile, 46 years her junior, at a fund-raiser in October 1999.

Originated the role of boy-crazy Ado Annie, the girl who "cain't say no", in "Oklahoma!" on Broadway in the 40s.

Performed in five stage shows with George M. Cohan.

Received an honorary degree from Seton Hall University in May 1991.

Recently won undisclosed settlement from 'Pedro Almodolvar' for his use of film footage of her from "All About Eve" without her permission in his film "All About My Mother"; her contract from the film stipulated her image could not be used.

Returned to work six months after giving birth to her son Daniel in order to begin filming Gentleman's Agreement (1947).

She is the daughter of Theodor Holm, a Norwegian insurance adjuster for Loyd's of London, and Jean Parke Holm, an American portrait artist and author.

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