Grayson Hall: A Look Back at the Oscar-Nominated Actress Best-Known From TV's "Dark Shadows"

Herbie J Pilato
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She was born Shirley Grossman on September 18, 1922, and she died on August 7, 1985. She was the one and only Grayson Hall, the Oscar-nominated actress best known to television viewers from the classic 1960s gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows.

A Closer Look

Grayson Hall was a renowned TV, film, and stage actress, known for her dynamic performances from the 1960s to the 1980s. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe Award for her role in the John Huston-helmed 1964 film The Night of the Iguana (1964).

However, it was Hall's charismatic presence and super-talent that she presented in several remarkable roles on Dark Shadows, which originally aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971.

Hall also appeared on another daytime drama, One Life to Live, during the 1982-1983 season.


In 2006, a biography titled Grayson Hall: A Hard Act to Follow was released indeed with a title that works and sums up perfectly the amazing life and career of the stand-out actress.

[Note: Certain facts and information in this article were resourced from various entertainment news and media outlets including, and the books, Retro Active Television, and Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door.]

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including the newly-published CONNERY, SEAN CONNERY biography, the revised BIONIC BOOK, RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, and more. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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