In the summer of 2010, I was fortunate to meet Celeste and she graciously agreed to review my 2nd book. She was candid about her love of Broadway and life on the silver screen and these kind comments will always be cherished. She preferred to be known as a stage actress and changed my words from "bright lights of Hollywood to the brighter lights of Broadway." Always polite about her fellow actors and actress, she saw Bette Davis as the consummate professional, although cold and aloof to her fellow co-stairs.
Her quote for the back of my book "Fade to Black" reads in part -
"This is an enjoyable read offering more than the interesting anecdotes and history so well described by Michael Barry, but an opportunity for loyal fans to pay their respects to those they loved and admired...and I hope others enjoy it as much as I have."
She was a true legend and beautiful actress that will be missed. With Holm's passing their are now only two living Oscar winners of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Olivia De Havilland and Luise Rainer.
Born and raised in New York City, Holm grew up as an only child. Her mother, Jean Parke, was an American portrait artist and author; her father, Theodor Holm, was a Norwegian businessman whose company provided marine adjustment services for Lloy’d of London. Because of her parents' occupations, she traveled often during her youth and attended various schools in Holland, France and the United States. She graduated from University High School for Girls in Chicago, where she performed in many school stage productions. She then studied drama at the University of Chicago before becoming a stage actress in the late 1930s.