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Lee Grant

Highest Rated:   100% There Was a Crooked Man (1970)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Swarm (1978)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Baghdad E.R.
  • 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 Good Doctor
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Omen Legacy
  • Actor
2001
82% Mulholland Drive
  • Louise Bonner
2001
46% The Amati Girls
  • Aunt Splendora
2001
57% Dr. T and the Women
  • Dr. Harper
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 Following Her Heart
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Under Heat
  • Jane
1994
No Score Yet Citizen Cohn
  • Dora
1992
No Score Yet Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story
  • Carol Gertz
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 When Women Kill
  • Actor
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Down and Out in America
  • Director
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Down and Out in America
  • Actor
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
40% 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 My Sister, My Love
  • Actor
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
13% The Swarm
  • Anne MacGregor
1978
41% Damien---Omen II
  • Ann Thorn
1978
50% Airport '77
  • Karen Wallace
1977
No Score Yet The Spell
  • Actor
1977
89% Voyage of the Damned
  • Lillian Rosen
1976
No Score Yet Anton Chekhov's The Seagull
  • Actor
1975
63% 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
50% Plaza Suite
  • Norma Hubley
1971
No Score Yet Ransom for a Dead Man
  • Actor
1971
100% There Was a Crooked Man
  • Mrs. Bullard
1970
92% The Landlord
  • Joyce Enders
1970
100% Marooned
  • Celia Pruett
1969
No Score Yet The Big Bounce
  • Joanne
1969
No Score Yet Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
  • Fritzie Braddock
1968
31% Valley of the Dolls
  • Miriam
1967
95% 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 Storm Fear
  • Edna
1955
67% Detective Story
  • Shoplifter
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
  • Director
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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