Tammy Grimes (1934 - 2016)

Tammy Grimes
1934 - 2016
updated July 29, 2020
Tammy Grimes was born on January 30, 1934 at Lynn, Massachusetts. She died on November 30, 2016 at Englewood, NJ at age 82.

Tammy Grimes, Star of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Dies at 82
BY ROBERT VIAGAS
OCT 31, 2016

A favorite of Noël Coward's, she starred in his musical High Spirits.

Tammy Grimes, star of the Broadway musicals The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and High Spirits, died October 30 at age 82, according to The New York Times.
Grimes appeared in more than a dozen Broadway shows. Born in Lynn, MA, on January 30, 1934, she had a distinctive voice that lent itself to a variety of accents she sported throughout her career.
She made her Broadway debut in Ben Bagley’s short-lived 1956 musical comedy sketch revue The Littlest Revue, which introduced songs by a gallery of future songwriting stars including Charles Strouse, Sheldon Harnick, and Lee Adams. She was working in one of Julius Monk’s Upstairs at the Downstairs revues when she was spotted by Noël Coward, who cast her in his comedy Look After Lulu, which had a short run, but proved the beginning of a long artistic collaboration between the two that led to plays, a musical, and one of her two Tony Awards.
Harve Presnell and Tammy Grimes in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Though not particularly well-known in 1960, she was chosen to star in the title role of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, written by Meredith Willson in his first musical since his blockbuster The Music Man. Molly Brown tells the story of a penniless country girl from Colorado who dreams of conquering high society. The dream almost costs her her life when she books passage aboard the Titanic, and acquires her nickname performing heroics in one of the lifeboats.
Grimes won the 1961 Tony Award as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performances as Molly Brown, but had the misfortune watch as her great role was nabbed by Debbie Reynolds when it came time to make the film version of the musical. She won her second Tony in 1970, as Best Actress in a Play, for her performance as Amanda in a revival of Coward’s Private Lives.

Grimes bounced back in 1964, starring as the sexy ghost Elvira in the musical adaptation of Coward’s Blithe Spirit, titled High Spirits, opposite Beatrice Lillie. According to her Playbill Who’s Who, Grimes is remembered for “stopping the show nightly with her rendition of ‘Home Sweet Heaven,’ sung while flying thirty feet through the air with the help of an invisible harness.”
Later in her career she starred in Neil Simon’s 1976 play California Suite, and played the grand dame Dorothy Brock in David Merrick’s original Broadway production of 42nd Street in 1980.

Grimes did not make a major splash in films, but appeared on many dramatic and variety programs (she reportedly turned down the leading role in the sitcom Bewitched), eventually starring in her own ABC-TV series, The Tammy Grimes Show.
Grimes was part of a family of showbiz stars. She was married to Tony-winning actor Christopher Plummer from 1956 to 1960, and is the mother of Tony-winning actress Amanda Plummer.
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Tammy Grimes, Star of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Dies at 82
BY ROBERT VIAGAS
OCT 31, 2016
A favorite of Noël Coward's, she starred in his musical High Spirits.
Tammy Grimes
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Tammy Grimes, star of the Broadway musicals The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and High Spirits, died October 30 at age 82, according to The New York Times.

Grimes appeared in more than a dozen Broadway shows. Born in Lynn, MA, on January 30, 1934, she had a distinctive voice that lent itself to a variety of accents she sported throughout her career.

She made her Broadway debut in Ben Bagley’s short-lived 1956 musical comedy sketch revue The Littlest Revue, which introduced songs by a gallery of future songwriting stars including Charles Strouse, Sheldon Harnick, and Lee Adams. She was working in one of Julius Monk’s Upstairs at the Downstairs revues when she was spotted by Noël Coward, who cast her in his comedy Look After Lulu, which had a short run, but proved the beginning of a long artistic collaboration between the two that led to plays, a musical, and one of her two Tony Awards.

Harve Presnell and Tammy Grimes in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Though not particularly well-known in 1960, she was chosen to star in the title role of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, written by Meredith Willson in his first musical since his blockbuster The Music Man. Molly Brown tells the story of a penniless country girl from Colorado who dreams of conquering high society. The dream almost costs her her life when she books passage aboard the Titanic, and acquires her nickname performing heroics in one of the lifeboats.

Grimes won the 1961 Tony Award as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performances as Molly Brown, but had the misfortune watch as her great role was nabbed by Debbie Reynolds when it came time to make the film version of the musical. She won her second Tony in 1970, as Best Actress in a Play, for her performance as Amanda in a revival of Coward’s Private Lives.

Grimes bounced back in 1964, starring as the sexy ghost Elvira in the musical adaptation of Coward’s Blithe Spirit, titled High Spirits, opposite Beatrice Lillie. According to her Playbill Who’s Who, Grimes is remembered for “stopping the show nightly with her rendition of ‘Home Sweet Heaven,’ sung while flying thirty feet through the air with the help of an invisible harness.”

Later in her career she starred in Neil Simon’s 1976 play California Suite, and played the grand dame Dorothy Brock in David Merrick’s original Broadway production of 42nd Street in 1980.

Grimes did not make a major splash in films, but appeared on many dramatic and variety programs (she reportedly turned down the leading role in the sitcom Bewitched), eventually starring in her own ABC-TV series, The Tammy Grimes Show.

Grimes was part of a family of showbiz stars. She was married to Tony-winning actor Christopher Plummer from 1956 to 1960, and is the mother of Tony-winning actress Amanda Plummer.

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In 1934, in the year that Tammy Grimes was born, on June 6th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was formed as a response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the continuing Great Depression. Previously, the states regulated the offering and sales of stocks - called "blue sky" laws. They were largely ineffective. Roosevelt created a group (one member was Joseph Kennedy, father of the future President Kennedy) who knew Wall Street well and they defined the mission and operating mode for the SEC. The new organization had broad and stringent rules and oversight and restored public confidence in the stock market in the United States.

In 1953, when she was 19 years old, on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

In 1960, by the time she was 26 years old, on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1979, at the age of 45 years old, Tammy was alive when on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

In 1987, when she was 53 years old, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

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