Lee Grant Bio - Biography

Name Lee Grant
Naionality American
Date of Birth 31 October 1927
Place of Birth New York, USA
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Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York, New York, on October 31, 1927. She made her stage debut at age 4 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, playing the abducted princess in "L'Orocolo". After graduating from high school, she won a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, where she studied acting with her classmate, Sanford Meisner. When she was a teenager, Grant established herself as a formidable Broadway talent when she won The Critics' Circle Award for her portrayal of the shoplifter in, Detective Story (1951). She reprised the role in the film version, a performance that garnered her the Cannes Film Festival Citation for Best Actress as well as her first Academy Award Nomination. Immediately following her screen debut, however, Lee became a victim of the McCarthy blacklists; except for an occasional role, she did not work in film or television for an additional 10 years. In 1966, Lee had resumed her acting career in the TV series, "Peyton Place" (1964), for which she won an Emmy Award as Stella Chernak, and later garnered her first Academy Award for Shampoo (1975), and received Academy Award nominations for The Landlord (1970), and Voyage of the Damned (1976). Since 1980, Lee has been concentrating on her directorial efforts, which began as part of the Women's Project at The Americal Film Institute (AFI); her adaptation of Strindberg's, "Stronger, The" was consequently selected as one of the 10 best films ever produced for AFI. In 1987, she received an Academy Award for the HBO documentary, Down and Out in America (1986); and she directed _"Nobody Child's" (1986)_, for CBS, for which she received the Directors Guild Award. In 1983, Lee Grant received the Congressional Arts Caucus Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting and Independent Filmmaking. Subquently, Women in Film paid tribute to her in 1989, with their first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Both the New York City Council and the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors have recognized Ms. Grant for the contribution her films have made to the fight against domestic violence.

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