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Grayson Hall
Original name: Shirley Grossman
Birth: Sep. 18, 1923
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 7, 1985
Dutchess County
New York, USA

Actress. A career television, film, and stage actress, she is well known for her innovative theatrical performances from the 1960s to the 1980s. She is also remembered for her role as Doctor Julia Hoffman on the daytime Gothic television soap opera "Dark Shadows," which ran from 1966 until 1971. Born Shirley H. Grossman, her father immigrated from Latvia and her mother from South Africa. She attended high school in New York City, New York, and became drawn to acting as an escape from a painful childhood. In 1942 she landed her first professional job doing summer stock in Long Island, New York. In 1946 she married fellow actor Ted (Bradbart) Brooks in Los Angeles, California. They separated in 1949 and she returned to New York and married writer Sam Hall in 1952. Their son, Matthew Hall, was born in 1958. She had always used the stage name Shirley Grayson, but Sam Hall always called her "Grayson," and she finally adopted Grayson Hall as her professional name. She had an active stage career in New York City with a role in the controversial Jean Genet play "The Balcony" for over one year at the Circle in the Square theatre in Greenwich Village and was the longest running off-Broadway play for many decades. She guest starred on various television programs during the mid-1950s, and in 1961 she made her film debut in "Run Across the River." In September 1963 she traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to play the role of Judith Fellowes in John Huston's version of "The Night of the Iguana," based on the original Tennessee Williams play, for which she received an Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe nomination in 1964. In 1965 she was featured as a kidnapped bank teller in Walt Disney's "That Darn Cat!." Her best-known television role was that of Doctor Julia Hoffman, on Dark Shadows, where she portrayed the loyal confidant and friend of the vampire, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). Other key roles that she played on the show were those of Countess Natalie Dupres, a Gypsy Magda Rakosi, a Mrs. Danvers-type housekeeper, Julia Collins, and Constance Collins, sister of Brutus Collins. She also appeared in both "Dark Shadows" feature film, "House of Dark Shadows" (1970, again as Doctor Julia Hoffman), and "Night of Dark Shadows' (1971), as a new character, housekeeper Carlotta Drake. In 1973 she had a brief stint as reporter Marge Grey on the daytime television soap opera "All My Children." She continued acting on stage as Warda in Jean Genet's "The Screens" (1971 to 1972) and The Lady in Gray/The Fly in "Happy End" (1977) which co-starred Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd. She was in the 1980 US Broadway premiere of "The Suicide" with Derek Jacobi and appeared opposite Geraldine Page, Carrie Nye and Madeline Sherwood in an Off-Broadway revival of "The Madwoman of Chailot". She appeared in the camp classic television film "Gargoyles" (1972) and the Dan Curtis television film "The Great Ice Rip-Off" (1974) that featured Lee J. Cobb and Gig Young. She starred in an ABC Wide World Mystery film "The Two Deaths of Sean Doolittle" (1975) which was written by her husband, Sam Hall. Her last onscreen role was that of Euphemia Ralston (Delila's scheming mother) in the television daytime soap opera "One Life to Live" from July 1982 until April 1983. She died after a six-month battle with lung cancer at the age of 62. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Plot: Saint John the Evangelist Cemetery
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Brian Stevens
Record added: Feb 21, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8423468
Grayson Hall
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