Oscar winning actress Gloria Grahame was born in Los Angeles, California in 1923. She started off as a theater actress and then made her film debut in 1944. Gloria is widely known for her role as "Violet" in "It's a Wonderful Life", as well as her performances in many great film noir flicks. Interesting fact - Gloria's family comes from royalty. Her fathers side descended from King Edward III, and her mothers side came from the Scottish King of the Hebrides.