Known for movies

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DiedOctober 30, 2016, Englewood, New Jersey, United States
SpouseRichard Bell, Jeremy Slate, Christopher Plummer
FactMother, with Christopher Plummer, of Amanda Plummer.

Tammy Grimes (born January 30, 1934) is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for two Tony Awards during her career.

Grimes was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, the daughter of Eola Willard (née Niles), a teacher, and Luther Nichols Grimes, a businessman. She has a sister, Nancy. She was educated at the Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts, and at the Boston University School of Fine Arts.

Grimes began her career on the stage, appearing in the original production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown in 1960. She went on to appear in several other Broadway musicals, including High Spirits (1964), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), and 42nd Street (1980). She also appeared in the Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks (1966).

In addition to her stage work, Grimes has appeared in several films and television shows. Her film credits include The Happiest Millionaire (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and The Love Boat (1977). Her television credits include The Tammy Grimes Show (1966), The Love Boat (1977), and Fantasy Island (1978).

Grimes has been married three times. Her first husband was Christopher Plummer, with whom she had a daughter, Amanda Plummer. She was married to Jeremy Slate from 1966 to 1967. Her third husband was Robert Tyler, with whom she had a son, Nicholas Tyler.

Grimes has a net worth of $5 million.

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Full NameTammy Grimes
DiedOctober 30, 2016, Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Height1.65 m
ProfessionSinger, Voice Actor, Presenter
EducationStephens College, Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Beaver Country Day School


SpouseRichard Bell, Jeremy Slate, Christopher Plummer
ChildrenAmanda Plummer
ParentsEola Willard Niles, Nicholas Luther Grimes
SiblingsNancy Lou Grimes, Luther Nichols Grimes, Jr.


AwardsTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress
NominationsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
MoviesThe Last Unicorn, High Art, Can't Stop the Music, Play It as It Lays, The Runner Stumbles, Somebody Killed Her Husband, Three Bites of the Apple, Mr. North, A Modern Affair, The Horror at 37,000 Feet, Slaves of New York, Backstreet Justice, The Stuff, The Borrowers, An Invasion of Privacy, America, ...
TV ShowsThe Tammy Grimes Show, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, My Little Pony: Escape from Catrina

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1[from an interview in 1960] I never looked like an ingenue. I don't want to be America's sweetheart; I'd rather be something they don't quite understand.
2My agent asked would I like to do a musical. I said, 'Of course I would.' He said, 'Well, I've got the part for you.' So I read it, and I thought she was a stupid girl. She loved society. She just wanted to be social and have a lot of money. And I said, 'That's not very sensitive or tasteful' or whatever. So I told my agent, Baron Polan, that I didn't want to play it, and he grabbed my shoulders and he shook me a little bit on Fifth Avenue and said, 'Do you want to be a star or don't you want to be a star?' And I said, 'I want to be a star.' TG -- about her star-making role in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"


1In 1965, Grimes made headlines after she had been beaten and injured twice in four days by what were described as "white racists". According to a report, Miss Grimes said she believed the attacks were related to her association with several black entertainers and recent appearances in public with Sammy Davis Jr. who was said to be staging a nightclub act for her.
2Won the Best Supporting Actress Tony Award for playing the lead role in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" because her name was not 'big' enough to appear on top of the title. According to Tony rules at the time, performers whose names appeared before the title were judged in the lead acting categories.
3Has won two Tony Awards on only two nominations: in 1961 as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for playing the title character, Molly Brown, in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown;" and in 1970 as Best Actress (Dramatic), for a revival of Noël Coward's "Private Lives."
4Also won a Tony (In the correct category of Best Actress this time) when she played "Amanda" in "Private Lives" on Broadway in 1970. Other Broadway appearances include Neil Simon's play "California Suite" (1976), the musicals "High Spirits" (1964) and "42nd Street" (1980), and revivals of Molière's "Tartuffe" (1977) and Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" (1989).
5Replaced E.G. Marshall as the host for the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" in 1982 (the final season of the program).
6She named her daughter Amanda Michael Plummer (born in 1957) after her character in Noël Coward's Private Lives.
7Tried out for the 1952 free-style Olympic swimming team, but just missed out.
8Was originally offered the role of "Samantha Stephens" on Bewitched (1964); she turned the part down in order to concentrate on her stage career. Elizabeth Montgomery was cast instead. She did work with Dick Sargent (the second "Darrin" on Bewitched (1964)) on The Tammy Grimes Show (1966).
9Studied acting at New York City's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of legendary acting coach, Sanford Meisner.
10Originated the title role in the Broadway production of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown".
11Mother, with Christopher Plummer, of Amanda Plummer.




Breathe2005ShortNarrator (voice)
The Portrait1999ShortDora Gold
High Art1998Vera
Trouble on the Corner1997Mrs. K
A Modern Affair1995Dr. Gresham
Backstreet Justice1994Mrs. Finnegan
The Young Riders1990TV SeriesMargaret Herrick
Square One Television1990TV SeriesLauren Bacchanal
Mathnet1990TV SeriesLauren Bacchanal
Slaves of New York1989Georgette
Long Ago and Far Away1989TV SeriesNarrator
Mr. North1988Sarah Baily-Lewis
The Equalizer1986TV SeriesJulia Jacobs
America1986Joy Hackley
Royal Match1985TV MovieQueen Mother Estelle
The Stuff1985Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial
My Little Pony: Escape from Catrina1985TV MovieCatrina (voice)
St. Elsewhere1984TV SeriesFairy Godmother
A Matter of Cunning1983TV MovieSylvia Markham
No Big Deal1983TV MovieMrs. Norberry
Loving1983TV SeriesMrs. Haversham (1995)
An Invasion of Privacy1983TV MoviePaula
The Last Unicorn1982Molly Grue (voice)
Can't Stop the Music1980Sydne Channing
CBS Library1980TV SeriesPrincess
The Practical Princess1980ShortPrincess (voice)
The Runner Stumbles1979Erna Webber
You Can't Go Home Again1979TV MovieAmy Carlton
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesChristine
Tartuffe1978TV MovieElmire
Somebody Killed Her Husband1978Audrey Van Santen
That Was the Year That Was - 19761976TV Movie
'Twas the Night Before Christmas1974TV ShortAlbert (voice)
The Snoop Sisters1974TV SeriesAmanda Bastion
The Wide World of Mystery1974TV SeriesCynthia
The Borrowers1973TV MovieHomily Clock
The Horror at 37,000 Feet1973TV MovieMrs. Pinder
Play It As It Lays1972Helene
Love, American Style1971TV Series segment "Love and the Love Potion"
- Love and the Heist/Love and the Love Potion/Love and the Teddy Bear 1971 ... segment "Love and the Love Potion"
NBC Children's Theatre1971TV Series
The Other Man1970TV MovieDenise Gray
Arthur! Arthur!1969Lady Joan Mellon
The Outcasts1969TV SeriesPolly
Tarzan1967TV SeriesPolly Larkin
Three Bites of the Apple1967Angela Sparrow
The Tammy Grimes Show1966TV SeriesTammy Ward
The Trials of O'Brien1965TV SeriesMother Superior
Mr. Broadway1964TV SeriesNella
Destry1964TV SeriesPatience Dailey
Burke's Law1964TV SeriesJill Marsh
Route 661963TV SeriesGreta Inger Gruenschaffen / Celli Brahms
The Virginian1963TV SeriesAngie Clark
Dow Hour of Great Mysteries1960TV SeriesDaisy Strong
Play of the Week1960TV SeriesMehitabel
Sunday Showcase1960TV Series
Omnibus1959TV Series
The Gift of the Magi1958TV Movie
Kraft Theatre1957TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood1957TV SeriesGloria Loman
Max Liebman Spectaculars1956TV Series
The United States Steel Hour1955TV SeriesHazel Corey


The Danny Kaye Show1966TV Series performer - 1 episode
Destry1964TV Series performer - 1 episode


The Mike Douglas Show1962-1979TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Actress
Just Crazy About Horses1978DocumentaryNarrator
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1963-1974TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1972TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Irv Kupcinet Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show1961-1968TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Herself - Comedienne
Italy's in Season1967Short documentaryHerself (filming 'Three Bites of the Apple (1967)')
You Don't Say1967TV SeriesHerself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1966TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Danny Kaye Show1966TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Dean Martin Show1965TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Celebrity Game1964TV SeriesHerself
The Garry Moore Show1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Andy Williams Show1962TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual Tony Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1960TV SeriesHerself
The Arthur Murray Party1959TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHerself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHerself
Life and Times2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Beyond Titanic1998TV Movie documentaryHerself - Singer / Actress
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Previous Winner
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical
A&E Stage1984TV SeriesHerself - Host
Great Performances1983TV SeriesHerself
American Playhouse1983TV SeriesHerself
The 36th Annual Tony Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member

Archive Footage

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards1998TV SpecialHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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