In Remembrance of Celeste Holm
Celeste Holm, Arts Horizons ‘ beloved Chairman for fifteen years and most recently our Chairman Emeritus, passed away peacefully at her Central Park West apartment last Sunday. The Academy-award winning actress of stage and screen was best known for her creation of the role of “Ado Annie” in the original Broadway production of “Oklahoma” and her Oscar-winning performance in “Gentleman’s Agreement,” with Gregory Peck.
One of Ms. Holm’s most popular roles was the Fairy Godmother in the TV production of “Cinderella”. And she was indeed Arts Horizons’ Fairy Godmother. She was the core of our organization and our shining star. Since 1995, and more recently with the help of her husband Frank Basile, she has supported us in ways too numerous to mention. We shall miss her tremendously – her laughing eyes, her wonderful smile
and her incredibly generous heart.
Her deep love and passion for the arts will continue to inspire young people for generations to come. Donations to Arts Horizons may be made in her memory, to celebrate her life and her commitment to arts education.
In memory of Ms. Holm, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed on Wednesday, July 18th, at exactly 8:00 p.m. for one minute.