Goodbye, Fairy Godmother Celeste Holm

As the self-appointed art and film nerd of FtB, it is my sad duty to inform you that Celeste Holm died today at the age of 95.  She is best known for her performances in All About Eve and Gentleman’s Agreement and originating the stage role of Ado Annie in Oklahoma!

But she has a special place in my heart because she was the Fairy Godmother in the 1965 television version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  I watched this many, many times as a child.  But Celeste Holm isn’t the only amazing actress in this TV movie, oh no, it also has a very young Lesley Ann Warren, Pat Carroll (the voice of Ursula!), and Ginger Rogers!  So many amazing women with so many speaking roles in one movie in the 1960s!  If you have children, like musicals, or just generally like awesomeness, you should watch this movie.

Conveniently enough, I can give you a link for you to do just that RIGHT NOW!


Goodbye, Fairy Godmother Celeste Holm

4 thoughts on “Goodbye, Fairy Godmother Celeste Holm

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    Thank you for posting the video of the movie! I was ten when it was first broadcast and adored it then and with every re-broadcast. I hadn’t seen it in decades and just finished it. Such a delight. Thank you.

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      Sad. I too loved her character in High Society, as well as her role as Karen in All About Eve. I’d seen her in an interview from only a few years ago and she still had a graceful, playful presence. I would have loved to have met her.

      A parting glass to Celeste Holme!

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    Catch you around

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