Lee Grant

American actress

Lee Grant (born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal; October 31, during the mid-1920s) is an American actress, documentarian, and director. She made her film debut in 1951 as a young shoplifter in William Wyler's Detective Story, co-starring Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker. This role earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as winning the Best Actress Award at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.

Lee Grant 1961

Quotes edit

  • I was a bird imitating the birds. And so it was their kind of imaginary world that I was raised in, and it was part delicious and part confusing.
    • [1] Lee speak about her mother and aunt in 2014.
  • The 1950s and early '60s were emotionally rough for me. In 1950, when I was 23, I was named a Communist by Red Channels, an anti-Communist pamphlet, and was blacklisted by Hollywood from 1952 until the early 1960s.
    • [2] Lee speak on hollywood ban in 2014.
  • It was like, one day you were an actress who could do anything, and the very next day, you could not work in film or television again. And that was the temper of the times.
    • [3] Lee speak on being a part of the blacklist in 2014.
  • I had 12 years to make up for. I'm a very practical person. I had to support myself, I had to support my daughter, and I had to work. And if the way that I could work was to have the years taken off my age at that time, I was desperate to do it. I had to be able to go from one job to another and be pretty. And I achieved that for a good long time. I made up those 12 years.
    • [4] Lee speak on ordeals she faced during the blacklist in 2014.
  • I think the most important impetus in life, is that it not be boring. The fear of boredom drove me more than any yearning for something I wanted to achieve.
    • [5] Lee speak on boredom in 2015.
  • I don’t use a typewriter or a computer, so everything was written by pen and ink by my little desk. It took me four years to complete it, and as you can see, it wasn’t an easy book to write.
    • [6] Lee speak on her autobiography in 2016.
  • Learn how to be a waiter.
    • [7] Lee advice young actors in 2016.
  • The work she did in the film was very sensitive. There was something in her character that struck a chord with her. I found her fascinating.
    • [8] Lee speak about her late co-star in 2017.
  • I knew my career as an actor would change. I wouldn’t get these parts again. I had reached the age where Hollywood begins to humiliate beautiful women. I wasn’t going to do it. Walking up there, I could almost feel myself accepting that change.
    • [9] Lee speak on her age as an actor in 2017.
  • For an actor, you sometimes have to say yes to these type of jobs. Especially when you get older, and are a woman.
    • [10] Lee speak on type of job as an actor in 2019.
  • I’m in my 90s and it’s lovely to have any of my films appreciated.
    • [11] Lee speak about her films in 2019.
  • I don't know. Just walk. Just walk. My daughter Dinah just found out that a book she’s written, a novel, is being published. It’s very exiting. Maybe we’ll get to go to some great New York bookstore once everything’s back and see it up their on the shelves. That would be fun to walk to.
    • [12] Lee speak on what she would do after the lockdown in 2020.

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