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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Remembering Tammy Grimes 1934 - 2016

Actress Tammy Grimes, who died Sunday at age 82, received the 1961 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She also won the 1970 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for a revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives. Grimes made her Broadway stage debut as Kim Stanley's understudy in Bus Stop in 1955, and her other Broadway credits include Look After Lulu (1959), High Spirits (1964), The Only Game in Town (1968), California Suite (1976), Tartuffe (1977), 42nd Street (1980) and Orpheus Descending (1989).

Grimes was offered the role of "Cassandra" (later changed to Samantha) in the ABC sitcom, Bewitched, but she turned it down in favor of the Broadway musical, High Spirits. In 1966, she starred as "Tamantha" in the ABC sitcom, The Tammy Grimes Show, which was canceled after only four episodes. Actor Dick Sargent, who played her twin brother on the series, took over the role of "Darrin" on Bewitched in 1969.

Grimes also appeared in such feature films as Play It as It Lays (1972), Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978), The Runner Stumbles (1979), Can't Stop the Music (1980), Mr. North (1988), Slaves of New York (1989), Trouble on the Corner (1997) and High Art (1998).

She is survived by her daughter, actress Amanda Plummer (whose father, actor Christopher Plummer, was married to Grimes from 1956 to 1960).

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Tammy Grimes' life and career.

She appeared in the NBC musical, Holiday, on June 9, 1956.

She and Mitchell Gregg performed "Dolce Far Niente" from The Unsinkable Molly Brown on The Ed Sullivan Show on May 28, 1961.

She sang "Home Sweet Heaven" and "You'd Better Love Me" on the original Broadway cast recording of High Spirits, which opened on April 7, 1964, and ran for 375 performances.

She starred in the 1966 ABC sitcom, The Tammy Grimes Show.

She appeared on the PBS Great Performances special, Ellington: The Music Lives On, on March 7, 1983.

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