Grace Arnold Nalls, commercial artist, dies

She had also been an actress

  • Grace Arnold Nalls
Grace Arnold Nalls
August 10, 2011|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Grace Arnold Nalls, a retired commercial artist and stage performer, died of congestive heart failure July 30 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Homeland resident was 82.

Born Grace Lucille Arnold in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park, she was a 1947 Eastern High School graduate and performed in school plays.

She received a diploma from the Maryland Institute College of Art and earned a bachelor of arts from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

As a young woman, she worked as a commercial artist at the old Reliable Stores on West Baltimore Street.

She taught art at Hampstead Hill Junior High until 1955 when she married Owen E. Nalls, also a commercial artist.

Mrs. Nalls was a professional model as well as a singer. She performed with the old Baltimore Civic Opera Company's productions of "Aida," "Martha," "Manon" and "La Traviata." She also appeared with the Baltimore Actors' Theater and in dinner theaters. Mrs. Nalls, a member of AFTRA and SAG, worked as an actress in local movie productions. She had a small role in John Waters' 2004 film, "A Dirty Shame."

Family members said she was an enthusiastic collector of movie memorabilia. They said her favorite Hollywood personality was Jean Harlow. She was also an animal fancier.

Services were held Aug. 3.

Survivors include her sister, Doris Arnold Martinet of Timonium; and nieces and nephews. Her marriage ended in divorce.

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