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Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 31, 1927
SpouseJoseph Feury (m. 1962), Arnold Manoff (m. 1951–1960)
MarkHer deep, sexy voice
FactWas blacklisted in 1951 by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) for refusing to testify against her husband, blacklisted playwright/screenwriter Arnold Manoff. As a result, she got very little work for about 12 years.

Lee Grant (born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal; October 31, 1927) is an American actress and director. She has won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

Grant was born in Manhattan, New York City, the daughter of Witia (née Haskell), an actress and teacher, and Harry Rosenthal, a real estate broker. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. She attended high school at the High School of Music & Art in New York City.

Grant’s stage debut was in 1945, at the age of 17, in a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. She made her film debut the following year in John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). She played a small role in the film noir classic In a Lonely Place (1950) opposite Humphrey Bogart.

In 1951, she was blacklisted from acting in Hollywood films after she refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). In 1952, she appeared on Broadway in The Children’s Hour opposite Audrey Hepburn.

Grant’s film career resumed in 1954 with a role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. She continued to appear in films throughout the 1950s, including roles in The Nun’s Story (1959) opposite Audrey Hepburn and Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder (1959).

In 1961, Grant won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass. She went on to appear in such films as The Chapman Report (1962), The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963), Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Inside Daisy Clover (1965), Valley of the Dolls (1967), Shampoo (1975), and Voyage of the Damned (1976).

In the 1980s, Grant appeared on Broadway in such productions as A Matter of Gravity with Katharine Hepburn and on television in such miniseries as Holocaust (1978) and Roots: The Next Generations (1979). She also directed several television movies, including The Burning Bed (1984) starring Farrah Fawcett.

In the 1990s, Grant appeared in such films as Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), My Cousin Vinny (1992), and Batman Forever (1995). She also directed the film Nobody’s Fool (1994) starring Paul Newman.

Grant has been married three times: to screenwriter Arnold Manoff from 1948 to 1952; to actor Gary Dontzig from 1952 to 1960; and to producer Joe Feury from 1960 to present. She has two daughters: Dinah Manoff, an actress, and Daisy Feury, a writer.

Grant has a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Date Of BirthOctober 31, 1927
Height1.93 m
Weight83 kg
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Television Director
EducationNeighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre


SpouseJoseph Feury (m. 1962), Arnold Manoff (m. 1951–1960)
ChildrenDinah Manoff, Belinda Feury
ParentsAbraham W. Rosenthal, Witia Rosenthal


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Cannes Best Actress Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Obie Award for Performance, DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Film/Miniseries, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding...
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program,...
MoviesDetective Story, In the Heat of the Night, Shampoo, Damien: Omen II, Valley of the Dolls, Airport '77, Mulholland Drive, Voyage of the Damned, Plaza Suite, The Landlord, Defending Your Life, The Swarm, Good Evening, Ms Campbell, Down and Out in America, Tell Me a Riddle, Citizen Cohn, Staying Togeth...
TV ShowsWhite Fang, Search for Tomorrow, Peyton Place, Backstairs at the White House, Mussolini: The Untold Story, Fay, The Shape of Things

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#Marks / Signs
1Red hair
2Her youthful appearance
3Her deep, sexy voice
4New York City accent


1I was married to a Marxist and I was married to a fascist, and neither one of them ever took out the garbage.
2Documentaries give you the arrogant privilege of opening someone's door and exposing the real person. The people in my films were involved with issues so important to them that they decided (a documentary) was the only way they could reach out and tell the world what was happening to them.
3[Academy Award acceptance speech]: Thank you. I really must have wanted, otherwise: Why would I worn all wedding dress? (laughter from the audience) I think we had a fight twenty years ago (referring to her being blacklisted), but he's changed, I know I haven't. But I would like to thank the artistic community for sustaining me in my wins and losses and sitting on the curb, whatever it was. I don't think there is an award for what Warren Beatty had to do to get Shampoo on, but I respect him and love him, and Robert Towne, and my director Hal Ashby who encourages an actor to fly without a net because you know that he's there to catch you. Thank you.
4The Oscar has endured because of our yearning for excellence. Getting one is like being appointed valedictorian from the bottom of the class. The "outs", like me, get their moment to be "in", for as long as it lasts.
5Many of the things I accomplished in life are because I was dead set on proving somebody wrong.


1As of 2016 she is the 5th earliest surviving recipient of a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, behind only Olivia de Havilland, Angela Lansbury, Ann Blyth and Nancy Olson. She was nominated in 1951 for Detective Story (1951).
2Used to be very good friends with Goldie Hawn.
3Is one of 22 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of New York. The others are Alice Brady, Teresa Wright, Anne Revere, Celeste Holm, Claire Trevor, Judy Holliday, Shirley Booth, Susan Hayward, Patty Duke, Anne Bancroft, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Beatrice Straight, Whoopi Goldberg, Mercedes Ruehl, Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Connelly, Melissa Leo and Anne Hathaway.
4Is one of 25 actresses to have won an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy; hers being for Shampoo (1975). The others, in chronological order, are: Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night (1934)), Loretta Young (The Farmer's Daughter (1947)), Josephine Hull (Harvey (1950)), Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday (1950)), Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday (1953)), Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower (1969)), Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class (1973)), Diane Keaton (Annie Hall (1977)), Maggie Smith (California Suite (1978)), Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard (1980)), Jessica Lange (Tootsie (1982)), Anjelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor (1985)), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck (1987)), Cher (Moonstruck (1987)), Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy (1989)), Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King (1991)), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny (1992)), Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway (1994)) Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite (1995)), Frances McDormand (Fargo (1996)), Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets (1997)), Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love (1998)), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)), and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook (2012)).
5The William Wyler version of "Wuthering Heights" is her favorite movie.
6Declined the lead role that ultimately went to Beatrice Arthur on "The Golden Girls" (1985). Ironically, Grant's daughter Dinah Manoff went on to have a supporting on the TV series "Empty Nest" (1988), which is a spin-off of "The Golden Girls".
7On the August 3, 2014 broadcast of CBS News Sunday Morning (1979), Grant stated that she now has five grandchildren. She did not say whether any of those were step-grandchildren.
8On the August 3, 2014 broadcast of CBS News Sunday Morning (1979), Grant admitted to having her first face lift at age 30.
9Was the 76th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Shampoo (1975) at The 48th Annual Academy Awards (1976) on March 29, 1976.
10Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
11Was 3 months pregnant with her daughter Dinah Manoff when she completed her run of the Broadway play "A Hole in the Head".
12Has three grandsons - Dashiell (b. 1997), Oliver (b. 2002) and Desi (b. 2002) - via her daughter Dinah Manoff.
13Revealed in 1978, along with many other actresses, that she had undergone an abortion early in her career.
14She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
15Turned down the role of Dorothy in The Golden Girls (1985), because she didn't want to play a grandmother.
16Was blacklisted in 1951 by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) for refusing to testify against her husband, blacklisted playwright/screenwriter Arnold Manoff. As a result, she got very little work for about 12 years.
17Gave birth to her only child at age 32, a daughter Dinah Manoff on January 25, 1958. Child's father is her 1st [now ex] husband, Arnold Manoff.




Going Shopping2005Winnie
Mulholland Dr.2001Louise Bonner
The Amati Girls2000Aunt Spendora
Dr. T & the Women2000Dr. Harper
American Masters2000TV Series documentaryNarrator
Poor Liza2000
Mulholland Dr.1999TV MovieLouise Bonner
The Substance of Fire1996Cora Cahn
It's My Party1996Amalia Stark
Under Heat1994Jane
Citizen Cohn1992TV MovieDora Cohn
In My Daughter's Name1992TV MovieMaureen Leeds
Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story1992TV MovieCarol Gertz
Empty Nest1992TV SeriesAunt Susan
Defending Your Life1991Lena Foster
She Said No1990TV MovieD.A. Doris Cantore
The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro1989TV MovieMarilyn Klinghoffer
The Big Town1987Ferguson Edwards
Mussolini: The Untold Story1985TV Mini-SeriesRachele Mussolini
Billions for Boris1984Sascha Harris
Teachers1984Dr. Donna Burke
One Day at a Time1984TV SeriesEllie
Will There Really Be a Morning?1983TV MovieLillian Farmer
Plaza Suite1982TV MovieNorma Hubley / Muriel Tate / Karen Nash
Bare Essence1982TV MovieAva Marshall
Visiting Hours1982Deborah Ballin
Thou Shalt Not Kill1982TV MovieMaxine Lochman
For Ladies Only1981TV MovieAnne Holt
The Million Dollar Face1981TV MovieEvalyna
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen1981Mrs. Lupowitz
Little Miss Marker1980The Judge
You Can't Go Home Again1979TV MovieEsther Jack
Backstairs at the White House1979TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Grace Coolidge
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?1979Clarisse Ethridge
The Mafu Cage1978Ellen
Great Performances1975-1978TV SeriesVarious roles / Irina Arkadina
The Swarm1978Anne MacGregor
Damien: Omen II1978Ann Thorn
Airport '771977Karen Wallace
The Spell1977TV MovieMarilyn Matchett
Voyage of the Damned1976Lili Rosen
Perilous Voyage1976TV MovieVirginia Monroe
Fay1975-1976TV SeriesFay Stewart
The Internecine Project1974Jean Robertson
What Are Best Friends For?1973TV MovieAdele Ross
Partners in Crime1973TV MovieJudge Meredith Leland
Lieutenant Schuster's Wife1972TV MovieEllie Schuster
Portnoy's Complaint1972Sophie Portnoy
Plaza Suite1971Norma Hubley
Men at Law1971TV SeriesJennifer Carlyle
Columbo1971TV SeriesLeslie Williams
The Neon Ceiling1971TV MovieCarrie Miller
Night Slaves1970TV MovieMarjorie Howard
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesEdwina Booker
There Was a Crooked Man...1970Mrs. Bullard
The Landlord1970Mrs. Enders
Mod Squad1970TV SeriesAnna Lisa Bell
Bracken's World1970TV SeriesVeronica Steele
Medical Center1969TV SeriesKaren Harper
Marooned1969Celia Pruett
The Big Bounce1969Joanne
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell1968Fritzie Braddock
Mission: Impossible1968TV SeriesSusan Buchanan
Judd for the Defense1968TV SeriesKay Gould
Valley of the Dolls1967Miriam Polar
Ironside1967TV SeriesFrancesca Kirby
In the Heat of the Night1967Mrs. Colbert
Divorce American Style1967Dede Murphy
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1967TV SeriesVirginia Cloyd
The Big Valley1967TV SeriesRosemary Williams
ABC Stage 671966TV SeriesRuth / Laura
Peyton Place1965-1966TV SeriesStella Chernak
For the People1965TV SeriesCarol
The Defenders1963-1965TV SeriesMaria Edwards / Norma Burgess
The Doctors and the Nurses1963-1965TV SeriesLillian Carroll / Cleo Tanner / Doris Kelly
Slattery's People1964TV SeriesVera Donlon
Ben Casey1964TV SeriesAnita Johnson / Diedre Bassett
The Fugitive1964TV SeriesMillie Hallop
Festival1964TV SeriesLizzie
Terror in the City1964Suzy
An Affair of the Skin1963Katherine McCleod
East Side/West Side1963TV SeriesNora Best
The Balcony1963Carmen
Golden Showcase1962TV SeriesFlorrie Sands
Great Ghost Tales1961TV SeriesLucy Morrison
Play of the Week1959-1960TV SeriesThe Goatseller / Avenging Angel
The World of Sholom Aleichem1959TV MovieAvenging Angel
Brenner1959TV SeriesAddie Palmer
Middle of the Night1959Marilyn
Where Is Thy Brother?1958TV MovieHannah
Kraft Theatre1958TV SeriesJane - Story #3
Playwrights '561956TV SeriesHelen Cartwright
The Alcoa Hour1956TV SeriesLennie Converse
Storm Fear1955Edna Rogers
Ponds Theater1955TV Series
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1955TV Series
Broadway Television Theatre1953TV SeriesDot
The Plymouth Playhouse1953TV SeriesWife
Danger1950-1952TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood1952TV Series
Detective Story1951Shoplifter
Search for Tomorrow1951TV SeriesRose Peterson #1 (1953-1954)
Actor's Studio1950TV Series


Nobody's Child1986TV Movie
ABC Afterschool Specials1985TV Series 1 episode
What Sex Am I?1985Documentary
A Matter of Sex1984TV Movie
When Women Kill1984Documentary
The Willmar 81981Documentary
Tell Me a Riddle1980
The Stronger1976Short
For the Use of the Hall1975TV Movie
The Shape of Things1973TV Special
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood2005TV Movie documentary
Biography2004TV Series documentary 1 episode
Intimate Portrait1999-2004TV Series documentary 45 episodes
The Gun Deadlock2001TV Movie
American Masters2000TV Series documentary 1 episode
The Loretta Claiborne Story2000TV Movie
Confronting the Crisis: Childcare in America1999TV Movie documentary
Say It, Fight It, Cure It1997TV Movie
Reunion1994TV Movie
Following Her Heart1994TV Movie
Seasons of the Heart1994TV Movie
America Undercover1992TV Series documentary 1 episode
No Place Like Home1989TV Movie
Staying Together1989
Down and Out in America1986Documentary


Baghdad ER2006TV Movie documentary executive producer
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood2005TV Movie documentary producer
Say It, Fight It, Cure It1997TV Movie producer
America Undercover1992TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode


Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Stronger1976Short adaptation


Kaddish1984Documentary presenter - video version


Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story2017Documentary post-productionHerself
Seeing Is Believing: Women DirectDocumentary filmingHerself
The Needs of Kim StanleyDocumentary post-productionHerself
Battered: Behind the Lens2015Video shortHerself
Lee Grant: 30 Years Later2015Video shortHerself
Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women2014DocumentaryHerself - Interviewee
CBS News Sunday Morning2014TV Series documentaryHerself
HuffPost Live Conversations2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
American Masters1990-2007TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Narrator
Tribute to Burgess Meredith2006Video documentary shortHerself (voice)
Larry King Live1999-2005TV SeriesHerself
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The John Garfield Story2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Omen Legacy2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties2001TV Movie documentaryHerself - interviewee
Hollywood, D.C.2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
The View2000TV SeriesHerself
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Actress
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Past Winner
Say It, Fight It, Cure It1997TV MovieHerself - Host
Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 1996 Annual Lucy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Inside the Actors Studio1995TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentaryHerself
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
America Undercover1992-1993TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator / Narrator
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHerself
Earth and the American Dream1992DocumentaryReader (voice)
Street Scenes: New York on Film1992TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hello Actors Studio1988TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature
Down and Out in America1986DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Harry Belafonte in Concert1985TV SpecialHerself
When Women Kill1984DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Tom Cottle: Up Close1982TV SeriesHerself
The Willmar 81981DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1979TV SeriesHerself - Actress
A Salute to American Imagination1978TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dinah!1975-1978TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards1978TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
The 49th Annual Academy Awards1977TV SpecialHerselfs-sNominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis1977TV Special documentaryHerself
Film '721977TV SeriesHerself
TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards1976TV Special documentaryHerself
The Hollywood Squares1971-1976TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite Television Comedy Program
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1975TV SeriesHerself
Flip1973TV SeriesHerself
The Shape of Things1973TV Special
The Helen Reddy Show1973TV SeriesHerself
The Wonderful World of Aggravation1972TV MovieHerself
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHerself
The 26th Annual Tony Awards1972TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Jerry Visits1972TV SeriesHerself
Laugh-In1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest Performer
The Movie Game1971TV SeriesHerself
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in Supporting Role
Robert Young and the Family1971TV SpecialSketch Actor
Funny You Should Ask1969TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks2015TV Series documentaryDeborah Ballin
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHerself - Blacklisted Actress
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryMrs. Colbert
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape2010DocumentaryHerself
The Drug Years2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Gotta Get Off This Merry Go Round: Sex, Dolls and Showtunes2006Video documentaryMiriam
The Last Generation1971


Won Awards

2004Muse AwardNew York Women in Film & Television
1997Distinguished Achievement AwardHamptons International Film Festival
1988Crystal AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
1987DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic SpecialsNobody's Child (1986)
1976OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleShampoo (1975)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleThe Neon Ceiling (1971)
1966Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a DramaPeyton Place (1964)
1952Best ActressCannes Film FestivalDetective Story (1951)

Nominated Awards

1994CableACECableACE AwardsPublic Affairs Special or SeriesAmerica Undercover (1986)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialCitizen Cohn (1992)
1990Critics AwardDeauville Film FestivalStaying Together (1989)
1983GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by a Foreign ActressVisiting Hours (1982)
1981Golden CharybdisTaormina International Film FestivalTell Me a Riddle (1980)
1977OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleVoyage of the Damned (1976)
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureVoyage of the Damned (1976)
1976Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - Motion PictureShampoo (1975)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesFay (1975)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actress in Comedy-Variety, Variety or MusicThe Shape of Things (1973)
1971OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Landlord (1970)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - Motion PictureThe Landlord (1970)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleColumbo (1971)
1971Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsBest Supporting Performance, FemaleThe Landlord (1970)
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleJudd for the Defense (1967)
1968Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1952OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleDetective Story (1951)
1952Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressDetective Story (1951)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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