Anita Page

Actress
Known as "The Girl with the Most Beautiful Face in Hollywood," Anita Page's career was over after only a decade, even though, at one point, she had attained a degree of popularity at MGM second only to studio queen ... Read more »
Born: 08/03/1910 in Flushing, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

Bob's Night Out 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Sidewalks of New York 1931 (Movie)

Margie (Actor)

Free and Easy 1930 (Movie)

Elvira Plunkett (Actor)

The Easiest Way 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

Our Blushing Brides 1929 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Our Modern Maidens 1928 (Movie)

Kentucky (Actor)

Our Dancing Daughters 1927 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

Are You Listening? (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Caught Short (Movie)

Genevieve Jones (Actor)

Gentleman's Fate (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Jungle Bride (Movie)

Doris Evans (Actor)

Navy Blues (Movie)

Alice Brown (Actor)

Skyscraper Souls (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

Soldiers of the Storm (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

The Broadway Melody (Movie)

Queenie Mahoney (Actor)

The Flying Fleet (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

The Little Accident (Movie)

Isabel (Actor)

Under Eighteen (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

War Nurse (Movie)

Joy (Actor)

Biography

Known as "The Girl with the Most Beautiful Face in Hollywood," Anita Page's career was over after only a decade, even though, at one point, she had attained a degree of popularity at MGM second only to studio queen Greta Garbo. A natural blonde with blue eyes, Page's luminous screen presence made her fascinating to watch even in minor fare. Arriving on the scene when studios were making the switch from silent features to talkies, she was often cast as loose or otherwise amoral women. Page first found fame opposite an equally new and fresh-faced Joan Crawford in "Our Dancing Daughters" (1928) and reached her peak of notoriety following the release of MGM's early musical hit "The Broadway Melody" (1929). She co-starred with several prominent MGM leading men, including Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Ramon Novarro, William Haines and Robert Montgomery, and graced a pair of Buster Keaton's sound features. Most of Page's films were competent efforts that years later were of interest only to film buffs, but a few stood the test of time, including the splendid Lon Chaney crime drama "While the City Sleeps" (1928) and the pre-Hays Code classics "Night Court" (1932) and "Skyscraper Souls" (1932). Almost completely forgotten decades later, Page had one of the most unusual career arcs imaginable, going from regular employment at Hollywood's premiere studio during the Golden Age of movies to small parts in grubby, shot-on-video horror movies seven decades later.

Relationships

Linda House

Daughter

Sandra House

Daughter

Nacio Herb Brown Song

Husband
Married July 26, 1934 Marriage annulled April 5, 1935 because Brown's previous divorce had not been finalized at the time of wedding

Herschel House

Husband
Married Jan. 9, 1937 until his death Dec. 31, 1991

EDUCATION

Washington Irving High School

New York , New York

Milestones

2008

Final film appearance, "Frankenstein Rising"

2004

Played a socialite in "Bob's Night Out" (filmed in 1997)

2000

Appeared in the horror feature, "Witchcraft XI: Sister's in Blood"

1995

Returned to the screen after sixty years retirement with a cameo in the straight-to-video "Sunset After Dark"

1936

Made final film (in the UK), "Hitchhike to Heaven"

1933

Announced her retirement from acting at age 26

1932

Offered one of her finest roles was as the prostitute, Jenny LeGrand, in the pre-Code movie, "Skyscraper Souls"

1931

Portrayed Clark Gable's first on screen love interest in "The Easiest Way"

1931

Second collaboration with Keaton, "Sidewalks of New York"

1930

Final film starring opposite Joan Crawford, "Our Blushing Brides"

1930

First teamed with Buster Keaton in "Free and Easy"

1929

First talkie, "Broadway Melody" (the first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture)

1929

Second collaboration with Crawford, "Our Modern Maidens"

1929

Cast opposite Ramon Novarro in "The Flying Fleet"

1928

First film with Joan Crawford, "Our Dancing Daughters"

1928

First MGM film, "Telling the World"

1927

Signed with MGM Studios

1926

Had a small role in "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em"

1925

Film debut as extra, "A Kiss for Cinderella"

Bonus Trivia

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On filming early talkies: "It was very hot. They had to use a lot of things like cheesecloth on the set because of the sound. One day I was sitting down in this scene, and everytime we'd start, there would be this rat-tat-tat. We'd look all over the set wondering what on earth it was - and it was me filing my nails! Once we heard a rustle and they found it was my petticoat - I had to take it off. And of course, you couldn't have your mood music while you were working. I loved working with the music. There were a lot of things we had to worry about in talkies. If someone opened a door, it stopped the whole scene." - Anita Page quoted in Classic Images, February 1993

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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.

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