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Tammy Grimes
Tammy Grimes 1966.jpg
Tammy Grimes in 1966
Tammy Lee Grimes

January 30, 1934(1934-01-30)
DiedOctober 30, 2016(2016-10-30) (aged 82)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1955–2003
Spouse(s)Christopher Plummer (m. 1956–1960) «start: (1956)–end+1: (1961)»"Marriage: Christopher Plummer to Tammy Grimes" Location: (linkback:
Jeremy Slate (m. 1966–1967) «start: (1966)–end+1: (1968)»"Marriage: Jeremy Slate to Tammy Grimes" Location: (linkback:
Richard Bell (m. 1968–2005) «start: (1968)–end+1: (2006)»"Marriage: Richard Bell to Tammy Grimes" Location: (linkback:
ChildrenAmanda Plummer

Tammy Lee Grimes (January 30, 1934 – October 30, 2016) was an American actress and singer.[1] She starred in and won a Tony Award for a 1960 play called The Unsinkable Molly Brown.[2] She also starred in her own television show The Tammy Grimes Show in 1966.[3]

Early life

Grimes was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, the daughter of Eola Willard (née Niles), a naturalist and spiritualist, and Luther Nichols Grimes, an innkeeper, country-club manager, and farmer.[1][4]

She attended high school at the then all-girls school, Beaver Country Day School, and Stephens College, and then studied acting at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse.[5] She studied singing with Beverley Peck Johnson.[6]

Personal life

Grimes married Christopher Plummer on August 16, 1956,[7][8] with whom she had a daughter, actress Amanda Plummer. They divorced in 1960.

Her second husband was actor Jeremy Slate, who she married in 1966 and divorced a year later. Her third husband was composer Richard Bell, who she married in 1971; the couple remained married until Bell's death in 2005.[9]


Grimes died on October 30, 2016, in Englewood, New Jersey, aged 82 from natural causes. Her survivors include her brother, Nick, and her daughter Amanda.[10]





  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tammy Grimes Biography (1934-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  2. William Ruhlmann. "Tammy Grimes". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  3. "Tammy Grimes". NNDB. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  4. Current Biography Yearbook. H. W. Wilson Company. 1963.
  5. "Tammy Grimes biography",, accessed January 9, 2009.
  6. Anthony Tommasini (January 22, 2001). "Beverley Peck Johnson, 96, Voice Teacher". The New York Times.
  7. Rainho, Manny (August 2015). "This Month in Movie History". Classic Images (482): 24–26.
  8. "Christopher Plummer Weds", The New York Times, August 24, 1956, p.15
  9. Hertz, Linda."Tammy Grimes stars in one-woman show at the Plush Room",, October 28, 2007.
  10. Gates, Anita (October 31, 2016). "Tammy Grimes, the Original ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown,’ Dies at 82". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  11. The Littlest Revue Broadway", accessed November 3, 2016

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