Regarding Academy Award Winner Celeste Holm: 85th Birthday and Surprise Wedding Last Night at Sardi's to Frank Basile

NEW YORK--()--April 30, 2004--As the host of the celebration at Town Hall last evening to honor Celeste Holm, we were surprised as the many guests, press members and other associates in attendance, to hear Ms. Holm's announcement near the end of the evening that this would also be the occasion of her marriage to Frank Basile. Let us say first and foremost that we are Ms. Holm's friends, and that as friends, we are in place to support her as she journeys in this life, wherever the road and her choices may take her. Ms. Holm has been a wellspring of joy for a multitude of fans for over 60 years, and will continue in that vein - in part, thanks to film - for many, many more.

It is Moda's understanding that Mr. Basile and Ms. Holm are very confident in the decision that they have made. Their willingness to discuss the matter may be addressed with Donna Lee, Publicity, who is fielding all press requests.

For the sake of clarity, information about the benefiting organization for last night's festivities, Arts Horizon, our own company, Moda Entertainment and Ms. Holm's film biography are contained herewith.

ON MS. HOLM

Celeste Holm was an only child, born into a home where her mother was a painter and her father worked in insurance. She would study acting at the University of Chicago and make her stage debut in 1936. Her Broadway debut came when she was 19. She appeared in many successful plays including "The Women", "Oklahoma!" and "Bloomer Girl". It was in the production of "Oklahoma!" that Celeste would sing the show stopper "I Cain't Say No". She was signed by 20th Century Fox in 1946 and appeared in her first film 'Three Little Girls in Blue'. With her third film 'Gentlemen's Agreement (1947)', she would win the Supporting Actress Oscar and a Golden Globe. Celeste would be nominated twice more for Academy Awards in the 'Come to the Stable (1949)' and 'All About Eve (1950)'. But Celeste was a star who loved the stage so she left Hollywood, only to return for two MGM musicals in the fifties. They were 'The Tender Trap (1955)' and 'High Society (1956). In addition to her stage career, Celeste appeared on Television in her own series "Honestly Celeste (1954)" and as a panelist on "Who Pays? (1959)". In 1970, Celeste returned to series Television as the chaperone to the president's daughter on "Nancy". For the next two decades, she would appear on Television in regular series, mini series and movies. Celeste Holm is represented by MODA Entertainment, Inc. (212) 873-3324.

About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons, under the board leadership of Celeste Holm, is an arts education non-profit that reaches more than 300,000 tri-state children, teachers and parents annually with its creative and instructional programs that feature music, dance, theatre, creative writing and the visual arts. Over the past twenty-five years, artists from Broadway, Lincoln Center and all over the world have reached over seven million students, teachers and parents through school assembly performances, artist-in-residence programs and workshops. Special projects include Creative Alternatives for Youth at-Risk (CAYR), a safe-haven after-school program for underserved children, and the Artist Teacher Institute (ATI), a summer immersion program for teachers and artists.

About MODA Entertainment

MODA Entertainment represents Celeste Holm among others. MODA is a full service multimedia entertainment company involved in development, production, packaging, financing, merchandising and licensing in all media. MODA presented and produced the highly successful 50th Anniversary Celebration of HIGH NOON in 2002, the 60th Anniversary Celebration of CASABLANCA in 2003 and the 50th Anniversary of SHANE at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. For more information on MODA Entertainment visit www.modaentertainment.com or call (212) 873-3324.

Contacts

Publicity:
Donna Lee, 215-351-9860
or
For MODA Entertainment
Kate Horgan, 212-873-3324

Contacts

Publicity:
Donna Lee, 215-351-9860
or
For MODA Entertainment
Kate Horgan, 212-873-3324