Tammy Grimes

Genres: Drama Holiday & Seasonal Kids & Family Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 2000s

Biography

30 January 1934, Lynn, Massachusetts, USA. After performing with local theatre companies, Grimes moved to New York where she appeared in The Littlest Revue (1956) and Clerambard (1958). She also played nightclubs, and in particular was heard by entrepreneur Julius Monk who booked her into Downstairs At The Upstairs on West 56th Street. She immediately captured the imagination of audiences with her throaty singing and her blonde-haired sensuousness. Critics raved over her; even Life and Time magazines had features on her. Although Grimes’ physical appearance contributed to her popularity at the club, her musical attraction was also important as can be heard on 1959’s Julius Monk Presents Tammy Grimes, Debut - Downstairs At The Upstairs. It was during this engagement that she was seen and heard by Noël Coward who brought her into his comedy, Look After Lulu (1959). The play was not very successful, but from there she went on to the title role in...

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