Celeste Holm, who died Sunday at 95, had a lengthy career on stage and screen. But one of the actress' foremost passions was situated far from the entertainment industry.
Holm was an arts advocate for many years and served as a chairwoman for Arts Horizons, a nonprofit group that provides arts education programs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. At the time of her death, Holm was the chairwoman emeritus of the group.
The actress also served for six years on the National Council for the Arts, having been appointed in 1982 by President Reagan. The council serves as an advisory group for the president of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Holm died Sunday at her New York apartment.
As a stage veteran, Holm also was active in theater causes throughout her career. The actress starred in the original Broadway cast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" and appeared in numerous other New York productions. She is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame.
She won a supporting actress Academy Award in 1948 for the movie "Gentleman's Agreement." Her other prominent screen appearances include "All About Eve"and the CBS drama series "Promised Land."
For the past several years, Holm had been engaged in a bitter legal and financial feud with her sons. The sons were in a dispute over money issues with Holm and her fifth husband, the singer Franke Basile, who was nearly half her age.
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