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Musical comedy star Celeste Holm dies at 95


July 16, 2012 - New York City, New York

Musical comedy star Celeste Holm died Sunday at her home in Manhattan, New York City. She was 95. Holm was hospitalized at New York's Roosevelt Hospital a couple of weeks ago for dehydration. The hospitalization happened after a fire in Robert De Niro's apartment in the same building. She suffered a heart attack on July 13. Holm was survived by her husband Frank Basile and her sons. She chose to spend the last few days at home.

Celeste Holm won an Academy Award for her role in 1947 movie Gentleman's Agreement. She was also nominated for Oscar awards for performances in Come to the Stable (1949), All About Eve (1950) and musical Oklahoma! (1943). Her first professional role came in the production of Hamlet starring Leslie Howard. Her first Broadway role came in 1938 comedy Gloriana. Holm had been treated for memory loss since 2002. She suffered from skin cancer, bleeding ulcers and a collapsed lung.

Celeste was married five times. Her first three marriages to Ralph Nelson, Francis Davis, A Schuyler Dunning ended in a divorce, while her fourth husband Addy died in 1996.

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