Lee Grant

Lee Grant

Highest Rated: 100% Divorce American Style (1967)

Lowest Rated: 11% The Swarm (1978)

Birthday: Oct 31, 1927

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Primarily a stage actress, Lee Grant has also been distinguished for her feature film and television work. She was born Lyova Rosenthal in New York City and received her training at Juilliard. The daughter of an actress and model, Grant was only four when she debuted in a show at the Metropolitan Opera. Grant joined the American Ballet at age 11, graduated from high school at 14, and then received a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse where she was seen by stage director Sidney Kingsley who cast her as a young shoplifter in his 1949 Broadway production Detective Story. The role won Grant a Critics Circle Award. She reprised the role in the 1951 film version and earned an Oscar nomination and the Cannes Festival's Best Actress award. Her promising film career abruptly derailed when the House Un-American Activities Committee tried forcing Grant to testify against her already blacklisted playwright husband, Arnold Manoff. She refused and was promptly blacklisted. Though her stage career thrived, it would be 12 years before Grant would be able to get substantial roles in television or movies. By the time she returned to the media in the mid-'60s, she was relegated to character roles wherein she typically played ambitious, tough, and beautiful women. During the second season of the sudsy television drama Peyton Place (1964-1969), Grant won an Emmy for her portrayal of Stella Chernak. In 1970, Grant won her second Oscar nomination for Hal Ashby's The Landlord and her first Oscar for Shampoo (1975). But for yet another Oscar nomination in Voyage of the Damned (1976), Grant the actress spent the rest of the decade making cameo appearances in big-budget disaster pictures. She remained busy in films like Damien: Omen II, Little Miss Marker, Bare Essence, Teachers, and The Big Town. In the '90s, Albert Brooks cast her as a prosecuting attorney in the afterlife in Defending Your Life, and appeared in the well-regarded biopic Citizen Cohn. She continued to work steadily in projects such as It's My Party, Robert Altman's Dr. T & The Women, and David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. Grant became a movie director in 1980 with the moving Tell Me a Riddle. Subsequent directorial efforts include A Matter of Sex (1984) and Reunion (1994).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Baghdad ER Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet A Father...a Son...Once upon a Time in Hollywood Director Producer 2005
40% Going Shopping Winnie 2005
No Score Yet The Good Doctor Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Omen Legacy Actor 2001
83% Mulholland Drive Louise Bonner $7.1M 2001
46% The Amati Girls Aunt Splendora 2001
56% Dr. T and the Women Dr. Harper $12.2M 2000
No Score Yet The Loretta Claiborne Story Director 2000
No Score Yet Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light Director 1999
60% The Substance of Fire Cora Cahn 1996
47% It's My Party Amalia Stark 1996
No Score Yet The Young Kennedy Women Narrator 1996
No Score Yet Under Heat Jane 1994
No Score Yet Following Her Heart Director 1994
No Score Yet Citizen Cohn Dora 1992
No Score Yet Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story Carol Gertz 1992
No Score Yet In My Daughter's Name Maureen Leeds 1992
97% Defending Your Life Lena Foster 1991
No Score Yet Cindy Eller Director 1991
No Score Yet She Said No DA Doris Cantore 1990
80% Staying Together Director 1989
57% The Big Town Ferguson Edwards 1987
No Score Yet Nobody's Child Director 1986
No Score Yet Down and Out in America Director Actor 1986
No Score Yet When Women Kill Actor Director 1986
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story Rachele 1985
62% Teachers Dr. Burke 1984
No Score Yet A Matter of Sex Director 1984
No Score Yet A Billion For Boris Sascha Harris 1984
15% Visiting Hours Deborah Ballin 1982
33% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Mrs. Lupowitz 1981
No Score Yet For Ladies Only Anne Holt 1981
No Score Yet The Willmar 8 Director 1981
No Score Yet Tell Me a Riddle Director 1980
No Score Yet Little Miss Marker The Judge 1980
No Score Yet When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Clarisse Ethridge 1979
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House Actor 1979
No Score Yet My Sister, My Love Ellen 1978
11% The Swarm Anne MacGregor 1978
44% Damien---Omen II Ann Thorn 1978
33% Airport '77 Karen Wallace 1977
No Score Yet The Spell Actor 1977
82% Voyage of the Damned Lillian Rosen 1976
No Score Yet Anton Chekhov's The Seagull Actor 1975
59% Shampoo Felicia 1975
No Score Yet The Internecine Project Jean Robertson 1974
No Score Yet Portnoy's Complaint Sophie Portnoy 1972
No Score Yet For the Use of the Hall Director 1972
63% Plaza Suite Norma Hubley 1971
No Score Yet Ransom for a Dead Man Actor 1971
No Score Yet The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker Actor 1971
80% There Was a Crooked Man Mrs. Bullard 1970
92% The Landlord Joyce Enders 1970
86% Marooned Celia Pruett 1969
No Score Yet The Big Bounce Joanne 1969
No Score Yet Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Fritzie Braddock 1968
35% Valley of the Dolls Miriam 1967
96% In the Heat of the Night Mrs. Colbert 1967
100% Divorce American Style Dede Murphy 1967
60% The Balcony Carmen 1963
No Score Yet Middle of the Night Marilyn 1959
No Score Yet The World of Sholom Aleichem Bontche Schweig 1959
No Score Yet Storm Fear Edna 1955
73% Detective Story Shoplifter 1951


No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Appearing 2014
No Score Yet Empty Nest
Aunt Susan 1992
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
Guest 1973
No Score Yet Columbo
Leslie Williams 1971
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Susan Buchanan 1968
No Score Yet Ironside
Francesca 1967
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Millie 1965
No Score Yet American Masters
Narrator Director


Lionel Blandsforth says: This man's in trouble, he's got big problems in his marriage.

Dede Murphy says: Who hasn't?

Lionel Blandsforth says: He was married when he was 19. Seventeen years later, look at him, still 19!

Dede Murphy says: So? Since when do men grow up? They just grow old. Know what I call this apartment sometimes? Boys Town.