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Celeste Holm, Oscar-winning actress, dies at 95


Celeste Holm attending The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Celebrates The 65th Anniversary Of "Gentleman's Agreement" at Lighthouse International Conference Center on April 23, 2012 in New York City. She passed away on July 15, 2012.


Michael N. Todaro

Celeste Holm, who won an Oscar for her performance in "Gentleman's Agreement," passed away on Sunday at the age of 95, according to the Associated Press.

The actress, who found Broadway fame in "Oklahoma!," had been hospitalized for about two weeks due to dehydration after a fire in Robert De Niro's apartment in the same building in Manhattan, said the AP. She was brought home on Friday by her husband, Frank Basile, and spent her final days with relatives and close friends.

"She passed peacefully in her home in her own bed with her husband and friends and family nearby," said her niece, Amy Phillips, according to CNN.

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Holm won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 1947, for "Gentleman's Agreement," said CNN. She was nominated again in 1949 for "Come to the Stables" and "All About Eve" in 1950.

The AP noted that Holm was also known for her charity work, serving on nine boards at one time and serving as a board member emeritus of the National Mental Health Association.

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According to People magazine, Holm was married five times and wed opera singer Basile when she was 87 and he was 41. She is survived by her husband, two sons and three grandchildren.