82 (passed away Oct. 30th, 2016)
Jan. 30th, 1934
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Tammy Lee Grimes (January 30, 1934 – October 30, 2016) was an American actress and singer.
She won two Tony Awards in her career, the first for originating the role of Molly Tobin in the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown and the second for starring in a 1970 revival of Private Lives as Amanda Prynne. A former husband, Christopher Plummer, and their daughter, actress Amanda Plummer, were also Tony Award winners.
She originated the role of Diana in the Broadway production of California Suite. The role of Diana was played in the film by Maggie Smith who won an Oscar for her performance. Grimes played the role of Elmire in the 1978 Broadway and television production of Tartuffe. She originated roles in several works by Noël Coward, including Elvira in High Spirits and Lulu in Look After Lulu! In 1966, she starred in her own television series, The Tammy Grimes Show. Grimes was also known for her cabaret acts. In 2003, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
- Won the Best Supporting Actress Tony Award for playing the lead role in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" because her name was not 'big' enough to appear on top of the title. According to Tony rules at the time, performers whose names appeared before the title were judged in the lead acting categories.
- Originated the title role in the Broadway production of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown".
- Replaced 'E.G. Marshall' (qv) as the host for the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" in 1982 (the final season of the program).
- Mother, with 'Christopher Plummer (I)' (qv), of 'Amanda Plummer' (qv).
- Has won two Tony Awards on only two nominations: in 1961 as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for playing the title character, Molly Brown, in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown;" and in 1970 as Best Actress (Dramatic), for a revival of 'Noel Coward' (qv)'s "Private Lives."
- Was originally offered the role of Samantha Stephens on _"Bewitched" (1964)_ (qv); she turned the part down in order to concentrate on her stage career. 'Elizabeth Montgomery (I)' (qv) was cast instead. She did work with Dick Sargeant (the second Darrin on Bewitched (1964)) on the Tammy Grimes Show.
- Studied acting at New York City's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of legendary acting coach, 'Sanford Meisner' (qv).
- Tried out for the 1952 free-style Olympic swimming team, but just missed out.
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