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Sep 18, 1922

Grayson Hall (September 18, 1922 – August 7, 1985) was an American television, film and stage actress. She was widely regarded for her avant garde theatrical performances in the 1960s-80s. Hall was nominated in 1964 for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the John Huston film The Night of the Iguana. She also played multiple prominent roles in the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows (1966–1971), and appeared on One Life to Live in 1982-83. Hall was born Shirley H. Grossman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Eleanor Grossman . Joseph and Eleanor separated when Shirley was eight but never divorced. Hall became interested in acting, as an escape from a painful childhood, and auditioned for plays in New York City while she was still in high school. She landed her first professional job doing summer stock in Long Island in 1942. In 1946, she married fellow actor Ted (Bradbart) Brooks in Los Angeles. They separated in 1949, Shirley moved back to New York and in 1952, she married writer Sam Hall. Their son, Matthew Hall, was born in 1958. She had always used the stage name Shirley Grayson, but Sam Hall disliked the name Shirley and called her Grayson, "like an old Army

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