Rita Gam

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Rita Gam
Rita Gam - 1969.jpg
Gam in 1969
Born (1927-04-02) April 2, 1927 (age 88)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation actress
Years active 1950-1997
Spouse(s) Sidney Lumet (m.1949-1954)
Thomas Guinzburg (m.1956-1963) 2 children
Children Kate Guinzburg (b. 1957)

Rita Gam (born April 2, 1927) is an American film and television actress and documentary filmmaker. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Silver Bear for Best Actress.


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.[1] Another notable role was Herodias in 1961's King of Kings.

She shared the Silver Bear for Best Actress award with Viveca Lindfors at the 1962 Berlin Film Festival, for their performances in Tad Danielewski's No Exit.[2]

In 1963, Gam was a leading member of The Minnesota Theatre Company in the opening season of The Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

In 2003 she appeared in the rotating cast of the Off-Broadway stage reading of Wit & Wisdom.[3] In 2004, she appeared in one of a series of ads for the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Personal life[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Rita Gam". glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale 1962: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  3. ^ Theatermania profile
  4. ^ Staff. "RITA GAM REMARRIED; Film Actress Is Wed Here to Thomas H. Guinzburg", The New York Times, March 24, 1956; accessed September 13, 2010.
  5. ^ LIFE Magazine, May 5, 1952, p. 144

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