Rita Gam

American actress

Rita Gam (April 2, 1927 – March 22, 2016) was an American and television actress and documentary filmmaker. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. She was known for her roles in The Thief and King of Kings. She was also known for being Sidney Lumet's first wife.

Rita Gam
Gam in King of Kings trailer, 1961
Born(1927-04-02)April 2, 1927
DiedMarch 22, 2016(2016-03-22) (aged 88)
Years active1950 – 1997
Spouse(s)Sidney Lumet
(m. 1949-1954, divorced)
Thomas Guinzburg
(m. 1956-1963, divorced) 2 children
ChildrenDaughter and son

Gam 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.[1]

Gam died on March 22, 2016 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from respiratory failure, aged 88.[2]


  1. "Berlinale 1962: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  2. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2016

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