Lee Grant

BirthDay:

31 Oct 1925

BirthPlace:

New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Lyova Haskell Rosenthal

Bio:

Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee 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 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". She reprised the role in the film version (Detective Story (1951), 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-era blacklists in which actors, writers, directors, etc., were persecuted for supposedly "Communist" or "progressive" political beliefs, whether they had them or not. Except for an occasional role, she did not work in film or television for 10 years. In 1966 Lee re-started her acting career in the TV series Peyton Place (1964), for which she won an Emmy Award as Stella Chernak, and she later garnered her first Academy Award for Shampoo (1975), also receiving Academy Award nominations for The Landlord (1970) and Voyage of the Damned (1976). Since 1980 Lee has been concentrating on her directorial career, which began as part of the Women's Project at The Americal Film Institute (AFI); her adaptation of August 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 directed Nobody's Child (1986) for CBS, for which she received the Directors Guild Award. In 1983 she received the Congressional Arts Caucus Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting and Independent Filmmaking. Subsequently, Women in Film paid tribute to her in 1989, with its 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.
Filmography

Actor ( 103 credits )

HuffPost Live Conversations (2014)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks (2014)  Deborah Ballin (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) Herself (archive footage)
Going Shopping (2005) Winnie
Mulholland Drive (2001) Louise Bonner
Dr. T & the Women (2000) Dr. Harper
The Amati Girls (2000) Aunt Spendora
Poor Liza (2000)
The View (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
The Substance of Fire (1996) Cora Cahn
It's My Party (1996) Amalia Stark
Under Heat (1994) Jane
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 1995)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Herself (2 episodes)
Earth and the American Dream (1992) Reader (voice)
Defending Your Life (1991) Lena Foster
Empty Nest (1988)  Aunt Susan (1 episode, 1992)
The Big Town (1987) Ferguson Edwards
Down and Out in America (1986) Narrator (voice)
America Undercover (1986)  Herself - Narrator (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
American Masters (1985)  Herself / ... (6 episodes, 1990-2007)
Larry King Live (1985)  Herself (2 episodes, 1999-2005)
Teachers (1984) Dr. Donna Burke
Billions for Boris (1984) Sascha Harris
Visiting Hours (1982) Deborah Ballin
Tom Cottle: Up Close (1982)  Herself (1 episode, 1982)
The Willmar 8 (1981) Narrator (voice)
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981) Mrs. Lupowitz
Little Miss Marker (1980) The Judge
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979) Clarisse Ethridge
The Mafu Cage (1978) Ellen
The Swarm (1978) Anne MacGregor
Damien: Omen II (1978) Ann Thorn
Airport '77 (1977) Karen Wallace
Voyage of the Damned (1976) Lili Rosen
Shampoo (1975) Felicia
One Day at a Time (1975)  Ellie (1 episode, 1984)
Fay (1975)  Fay Stewart (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
The Internecine Project (1974) Jean Robertson
Dinah! (1974)  Herself (5 episodes, 1975-1978)
The Helen Reddy Show (1973)  Herself (1 episode, 1973)
Portnoy's Complaint (1972) Sophie Portnoy
The Last Generation (1971) (archive footage)
Plaza Suite (1971) Norma Hubley
Columbo (1971)  Leslie Williams (1 episode, 1971)
Great Performances (1971)  Irina Arkadina / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1978)
There Was a Crooked Man... (1970) Mrs. Bullard
The Landlord (1970) Mrs. Enders
Flip (1970)  Herself (1 episode, 1973)
Men at Law (1970)  Jennifer Carlyle (1 episode, 1971)
Marooned (1969) Celia Pruett
The Big Bounce (1969) Joanne
Medical Center (1969)  Karen Harper (1 episode, 1969)
Bracken's World (1969)  Veronica Steele (1 episode, 1970)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Herself (4 episodes, 1970-1972)
The Movie Game (1969)  Herself (1 episode, 1971)
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968) Fritzie Braddock
Mod Squad (1968)  Anna Lisa Bell (1 episode, 1970)
The Name of the Game (1968)  Edwina Booker (1 episode, 1970)
Funny You Should Ask (1968)  Herself (1 episode, 1969)
Valley of the Dolls (1967) Miriam Polar
In the Heat of the Night (1967) Mrs. Colbert
Divorce American Style (1967) Dede Murphy
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967)  Herself - Guest Performer (1 episode, 1971)
Ironside (1967)  Francesca Kirby (1 episode, 1967)
Judd for the Defense (1967)  Kay Gould (1 episode, 1968)
Mission: Impossible (1966)  Susan Buchanan (1 episode, 1968)
ABC Stage 67 (1966)  Laura / ... (2 episodes, 1966)
The Big Valley (1965)  Rosemary Williams (1 episode, 1967)
The Hollywood Squares (1965)  Guest Appearance (5 episodes, 1971-1976)
For the People (1965)  Carol (1 episode, 1965)
Terror in the City (1964) Suzy
Peyton Place (1964)  Stella Chernak (71 episodes, 1965-1966)
Slattery's People (1964)  Vera Donlon (1 episode, 1964)
An Affair of the Skin (1963) Katherine McCleod
The Balcony (1963) Carmen
The Fugitive (1963)  Millie Hallop (1 episode, 1964)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)  Virginia Cloyd (1 episode, 1967)
East Side/West Side (1963)  Nora Best (1 episode, 1963)
Festival (1963)  Lizzie (1 episode, 1964)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Herself (2 episodes, 1975)
The Doctors and the Nurses (1962)  Cleo Tanner / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
Ben Casey (1961)  Anita Johnson / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
The Defenders (1961)  Maria Edwards / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
Great Ghost Tales (1961)  Lucy Morrison (1 episode, 1961)
Golden Showcase (1961)  Florrie Sands (1 episode, 1962)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Herself (1 episode, 1977)
Middle of the Night (1959) Marilyn
Brenner (1959)  Addie Palmer (1 episode, 1959)
Play of the Week (1959)  Avenging Angel / ... (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Storm Fear (1955) Edna Rogers
The Alcoa Hour (1955)  Lennie Converse (1 episode, 1956)
Playwrights '56 (1955)  Helen Cartwright (1 episode, 1956)
Ponds Theater (1953) (1 episode, 1955)
The Plymouth Playhouse (1953)  Wife (1 episode, 1953)
Broadway Television Theatre (1952)  Dot (1 episode, 1953)
Detective Story (1951) Shoplifter
Search for Tomorrow (1951)  Rose Peterson #1 (1953-1954) (unknown episodes)
Danger (1950) (4 episodes, 1950-1952)
Studio One in Hollywood (1948) (1 episode, 1952)
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948) (1 episode, 1955)
Actor's Studio (1948) (1 episode, 1950)
Kraft Theatre (1947)  Jane - Story #3 (2 episodes, 1958)

Producer ( 1 credit )

America Undercover (1986) producer (1 episode, 1992)

Writer ( 2 credits )

Intimate Portrait (1993) (1 episode)
The Stronger (1976) (adaptation)

Director ( 11 credits )

Intimate Portrait (1993) (45 episodes, 1999-2004)
Staying Together (1989)
Biography (1987) (1 episode, 2004)
Down and Out in America (1986)
America Undercover (1986) (1 episode, 1992)
American Masters (1985) (1 episode, 2000)
What Sex Am I? (1985)
The Willmar 8 (1981)
Tell Me a Riddle (1980)
The Stronger (1976)
ABC Afterschool Specials (1972) (1 episode, 1985)