Gam in 1969
April 2, 1927 |
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sidney Lumet (m.1949-1954)
Thomas Guinzburg (m.1956-1963) 2 children
|Children||Kate Guinzburg (b. 1957)|
Gam was born to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Gam, and raised in New York City. Her acting career began on Broadway and in television, after which she moved on to films. She appeared first in the 1952 film noir The Thief, which starred Ray Milland. In October 1952 she signed a long-term MGM contract. Another notable role was Herodias in 1961's King of Kings.
In 1963, Gam was a leading member of The Minnesota Theatre Company in the opening season of The Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Gam appeared in a few more American films before working in Europe. She returned to the U.S. to appear in small parts in films, including Klute in 1971, before taking up documentary film making.
Gam's first husband was director Sidney Lumet. The marriage ended in divorce, and Lumet married socialité Gloria Vanderbilt. In 1956 she married publisher Thomas Guinzburg. This also ended in divorce. She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her close friend Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier in Monaco. Gam is of French and Romanian ancestry.
- The Thief (1952)
- Saadia (1953)
- Night People (1954)
- Sign of the Pagan (1954)
- Magic Fire (1955)
- The Ten Commandments (1956)
- Mohawk (1956)
- Sierra Baron (1958)
- Wild Cats on the Beach (1959)
- Hannibal (1959)
- King of Kings (1961)
- No Exit (1962)
- Shoot Out (1971)
- Klute (1971)
- Such Good Friends (1971)
- The Gardener (1974)
- Midnight (1989)
- "Rita Gam". glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com. Retrieved 2014-04-27.
- "Berlinale 1962: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
- Theatermania profile
- Staff. "RITA GAM REMARRIED; Film Actress Is Wed Here to Thomas H. Guinzburg", The New York Times, March 24, 1956; accessed September 13, 2010.
- LIFE Magazine, May 5, 1952, p. 144
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rita Gam.|
- Rita Gam at the Internet Movie Database
- Rita Gam at the Internet Broadway Database
- Rita Gam at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Rita Gam at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection