Before Woody and Soon-Yi there was Gloria and Anthony.
In June 1948, the day after that she divorced her first husband, actress Gloria Grahame (1923 – 1981) wed director Nicholas Ray.
The marriage was troubled right from the start and ended when Ray walked in on Grahame while she was in bed with another man.
Actually, a boy.
He was 13-year-old Anthony Ray, Nick’s son from a previous marriage.
Grahame and Ray divorced in 1952, right before Grahame won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in The Bad and the Beautiful.
Gloria Grahame married twice more. To writer Cy Howard in 1954, and then, in 1960, to her ex-teenage lover and former stepson, Anthony Ray.
The marriage between the talented, but deeply troubled actress — she was probably bipolar — and Anthony lasted 14 years and produced two sons. It ended in 1974.
Said Grahame on marrying her former stepson: “I married Nicholas Ray, the director. People yawned. Later on I married his son, and from the press’s reaction you’d have thought I was committing incest or robbing the cradle!”
Director Nicholas Ray (1911 – 1979) self-destructed in Hollywood with drink and drugs. He ended his days teaching film at Binghamton University in Upstate New York. One of his ex students told me said that Ray was “always high and a complete disaster as a teacher.” Anthony Ray (b. 1937) had a long career as a well-regarded Assistant Director.
Here’s Grahame winning her Oscar. She delivers the best Oscar speech ever.