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Anita Page
Anita Page
(August 4, 1910 – September 6, 2008) was an American film actress who reached stardom in the last years of the silent film era.[1] Page became a highly popular young star, reportedly receiving the most fan mail of anyone on the MGM lot. She was referred to as "a blond, blue-eyed Latin"[2] and "the girl with the most beautiful face in Hollywood" in the 1920s.[3] She retired from acting in 1936. Page married her second husband the following year with whom she had two children. Page returned to acting sixty years later in 1996, and appeared in four films in the 2000s. She died in September 2008 at the age of 98.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Retirement 2.2 Return to acting

3 Death 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] She was born Anita Evelyn Pomares to Marino Leo, Sr. (b. Brooklyn[4]) and Maude Evelyn (née Mullane) Pomares.[5] She had one brother, Marino Jr., who later worked for her as a gym instructor while her mother worked as her secretary and her father as her chauffeur.[6] Page's paternal grandfather Marino was from Spain[7] who had worked as a consul in El Salvador; her grandmother Anna Muñoz was of (Castillian) Spanish descent.[8] She was of maternal Yankee
Yankee
and French descent.[9][10] Career[edit] Page entered films with the help of friend, actress Betty Bronson. A photo of Page was spotted by a man who handled Bronson's fan mail who was also interested in representing actors. With the encouragement of her mother, Page telephoned the man who arranged a meeting for her with a casting director at Paramount Studios. After screentesting for Paramount, Page also tested for MGM. After being offered a contract for both studios, Page decided on MGM.[11] Page's first film for MGM was the 1928 comedy-drama Telling the World, opposite William Haines. Her performances in her second MGM film, Our Dancing Daughters
Our Dancing Daughters
(1928) opposite Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
(with whom she appeared in three films), and The Broadway Melody
The Broadway Melody
(1929) opposite Bessie Love
Bessie Love
were her greatest successes of the period, and her popularity allowed her to make a smooth transition into talking pictures. She was the leading lady to Lon Chaney, Buster Keaton, Robert Montgomery, and Clark Gable
Clark Gable
(among others) and during the early 1930s, she was one of Hollywood's busiest actresses. She was involved briefly with Gable romantically during that time. At the height of her popularity, she was receiving more fan mail than any other female star, with the exception of Greta Garbo, and received multiple marriage proposals from Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
in the mail.[6] Retirement[edit] When her contract expired in 1933, she surprised Hollywood by announcing her retirement at the age of 23. She made one more movie, Hitch Hike to Heaven, in 1936, and then left the screen, virtually disappearing from Hollywood circles for sixty years. In a 2004 interview with author Scott Feinberg, she claimed that her refusal to meet demands for sexual favors by MGM head of production Irving Thalberg, supported by studio chief Louis B. Mayer, is what truly ended her career. She said that Mayer colluded with the other studio bosses to ban her and other uncooperative actresses from finding work. She married composer Nacio Herb Brown in 1934, but the marriage was annulled a year later because Brown's previous divorce had not been finalized at the time they were married.[12] She married Lieutenant Hershel A. House, a Navy pilot, on January 9, 1937 in Yuma, Arizona[13] and they moved to Coronado, California
Coronado, California
and lived there until his death in 1991. They had two daughters, Linda[14] (now Linda Sterne)[15] and Sandra (who predeceased Page). Return to acting[edit] Page returned to the screen in 1996 after sixty years retirement and appeared in several low budget horror films. Film veteran Margaret O'Brien appeared in two of them. During this period, she moved in with her co-star and occasional director, Randal Malone
Randal Malone
at his Van Nuys home. Page relished her status as "last star of the silents" and frequently gave interviews and appeared in documentaries about the era. Ill health prevented her from making public appearances in her final years. Death[edit] Page died in her sleep on September 6, 2008 at her Los Angeles home, at the age of 98.[16] She is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego. At the time of her death in September 2008, she was among the last to have acted as an adult in silent films ( Barbara Kent
Barbara Kent
and Miriam Seegar are among the handful of others) to live into the 21st century. She was also the last living attendee of the very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Anita Page
Anita Page
has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 6116 Hollywood Boulevard. Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1925 A Kiss for Cinderella

Uncredited

1926 Love 'Em and Leave 'Em

Uncredited

1927 Beach Nuts

Short film

1928 Telling the World Chrystal Malone

1928 Our Dancing Daughters Ann 'Annikins'

1928 While the City Sleeps Myrtle

1928 West of Zanzibar Bit role Uncredited

1929 The Flying Fleet Anita Hastings

1929 The Broadway Melody Queenie Mahoney Alternative title: The Broadway Melody
The Broadway Melody
of 1929

1929 Our Modern Maidens Kentucky Strafford

1929 Speedway Patricia

1929 Navy Blues Alice "Allie" Brown

1930 Great Day

Incomplete

1930 Free and Easy Elvira Plunkett Alternative title: Easy Go

1930 Caught Short Genevieve Jones

1930 Our Blushing Brides Connie Blair

1930 The Little Accident Isabel

1930 War Nurse Joy Meadows

1931 The Voice of Hollywood No. 7 (Second Series)

1931 Reducing Vivian Truffle

1931 The Easiest Way Peg Murdock Feliki

1931 Gentleman's Fate Ruth Corrigan

1931 Sidewalks of New York Margie Kelly

1931 Under Eighteen Sophie

1932 Are You Listening? Sally O'Neil

1932 Night Court Mary Thomas Alternative title: Justice for Sale

1932 Skyscraper Souls Jenny LeGrande

1932 Prosperity Helen Praskins Warren

1933 Jungle Bride Doris Evans

1933 Soldiers of the Storm Natalie

1933 The Big Cage Lilian Langley

1933 I Have Lived Jean St. Clair Alternative titles: After Midnight Love Life

1936 Hitch Hike to Heaven Claudia Revelle Alternative title: Footlights and Shadows

1961 The Runaway Nun

1996 Sunset After Dark

2000 Witchcraft XI: Sisters in Blood Sister Seraphina Direct-to-DVD release

2002 The Crawling Brain Grandma Anita Kroger Direct-to-DVD release

2004 Bob's Night Out Socialite

2009 Frankenstein Rising Elizabeth Frankenstein Released posthumously

2016 Doctor Stein Elizabeth Stein Released posthumously

Villecco, Tony; Silent Stars Speak. McFarland 2001 p 101 ISBN 0-7864-0814-6 References[edit]

^ Anita Page: Star of the silent screen. Independent.co.uk (September 8, 2008). Retrieved on May 10, 2012. ^ Latinas in the United States. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved on May 10, 2012. ^ Anita Page, 98; Hollywood Star at End of Silent Movie Era. Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved on May 10, 2012. ^ Anita Page
Anita Page
Interview 4 out of 9. States her father was of Spanish origin born in Brooklyn. ^ Ankerich, Michael G. (1998). The Sound Of Silence: Conversations With 16 Film and Stage Personalities Who Bridged the Gap Between Silents and Talkies. McFarland. p. 181. ISBN 0-786-40504-X.  ^ a b Ronald, Bergan (September 8, 2008). "Anita Page: Obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved June 28, 2009.  ^ At the Center of the Frame: Leading Ladies of the Twenties and Thirties William M. Drew "My real name is Anita Pomares which is Spanish. Both my parents were born in this country. My paternal grandfather had come over from Spain and was a consul in El Salvador. My grandmother was definitely Castilian Spanish". ^ At the Center of the Frame: Leading Ladies of the Twenties and Thirties William M. Drew ^ Latin American Writers and the Rise of Hollywood Cinema By Jason Borge ^ Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro By André Soares ^ Golden, Eve (2001). Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars. McFarland. pp. 130–131. ISBN 0-7864-0834-0.  ^ Alternate Film Guide: Anita Page: Anita Page: Q&A with Author Allan Ellenberger. Altfg.com (August 22, 2007). Retrieved on May 10, 2012. ^ Arizona, County Marriage Records, 1865-1972 ^ KansasCity.com: Silent screen siren Anita Page
Anita Page
dies at 98[dead link] ^ Silent screen siren Anita Page
Anita Page
dies at 98. usatoday.com (September 7, 2008). Retrieved on May 10, 2012. ^ Berkvist, Robert (September 8, 2008). "Anita Page, Silent-Film Siren, Dies at 98". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 

External links[edit] Villecco, Tony (2001). Silent Stars Speak McFarland. p 101 ISBN 0-7864-0814-6

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