Anna Lee

Actor
For her American film debut, Anna Lee was required to darken her naturally blonde hair by order of "Seven Sinners" (1941) star Marlene Dietrich, whose ego could handle no competition from the blue-eyed, surpassingly ... Read more »
Born: 01/02/1913 in Kent, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (51)

John Ford: An American Icon 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Maureen O'Hara: Wild Irish Rose 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nickellennium 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

General Hospital: Twist of Fate 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Unscripted Hollywood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Where Evil Lies 1994 (Movie)

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Listen to Me 1989 (Movie)

Garson's Grandmother (Actor)

Fame, Fortune & Romance 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

My Name Is Bertolt Brecht - Exile in U.S.A. 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Eleanor and Franklin 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Star! 1968 (Movie)

Hostess (Actor)

In Like Flint 1967 (Movie)

Elisabeth (Actor)

The Sound of Music 1965 (Movie)

Sister Margaretta (Actor)

Seven Women 1964 (Movie)

Mrs Russell (Actor)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1964 (Movie)

Passenger (Actor)

For Those Who Think Young 1963 (Movie)

Laura Pruitt (Actor)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 (Movie)

Mrs Bates (Actor)

Jack the Giant Killer 1961 (Movie)

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1961 (Movie)

Passenger (Actor)

Two Rode Together 1961 (Movie)

Mrs Malaprop (Actor)

Jet Over the Atlantic 1959 (Movie)

Ursula Leverett (Actor)

The Crimson Kimono 1959 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

The Horse Soldiers 1959 (Movie)

Mrs Buford (Actor)

Gideon's Day 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Gideon (Actor)

The Last Hurrah 1958 (Movie)

Gert Minihan (Actor)

This Earth Is Mine 1958 (Movie)

Charlotte Rambeau (Actor)

A Date With Judy 1950 - 1954 (TV Show)

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Fort Apache 1948 (Movie)

Mrs Collingwood (Actor)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947 (Movie)

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Bedlam 1946 (Movie)

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Forever and a Day 1943 (Movie)

Cornelia Trimble-Pomfret (Actor)

Hangmen Also Die 1942 (Movie)

Mascha Novotny (Actor)

Flying Tigers 1941 (Movie)

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How Green Was My Valley 1941 (Movie)

Bronwyn (Actor)

Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

Dorothy (Actor)

Cimarron 1930 (Movie)

Aunt Cassandra (Actor)

Backstory (TV Show)

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Flesh and Fantasy (Movie)

Rowena/Story 3 (Actor)

John Wayne: American Legend (TV Show)

Actor

King Solomon's Mines (Movie)

Kathy O'Brien (Actor)

My Life with Caroline (Movie)

Caroline Mason (Actor)

Non-Stop New York (Movie)

Jennie Carr (Actor)

Scruples (TV Show)

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Summer Storm (Movie)

Nadina (Actor)

The Commandos Strike at Dawn (Movie)

Judith Bowen (Actor)

The Night Rider (TV Show)

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Biography

For her American film debut, Anna Lee was required to darken her naturally blonde hair by order of "Seven Sinners" (1941) star Marlene Dietrich, whose ego could handle no competition from the blue-eyed, surpassingly lovely British actress. While posing no threat to Hollywood's A-list leading ladies, Lee kept busy in the ensuing years, backing John Wayne in "The Flying Tigers" (1942) and Boris Karloff in "Bedlam" (1946) while proving a valuable addition to John Ford's stock company, beginning with the Academy Award-winning "How Green Was My Valley" (1944). Shifting to character parts in middle age and focusing on television work to allow time with her family, Lee contributed a string of wry cameo appearances to such features as "The Prize" (1962), "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1964), and "The Sound of Music" (1965). Most often seen as the epitome of prudence and purity, she enjoyed playing the occasional bad girl - the perfidious wife of Warner Baxter's "Prison Warden" (1949), the benighted Lady Constance of "Jack the Giant Killer" (1962), and the distaff supervillain of "In Like Flint" (1967). At age 65, Lee began a long association with the ABC soap opera "General Hospital" (1963- ), playing matriarch Lila Quartermaine for 26 years, even after a 1982 automobile accident put her in a wheelchair for life. Lee's death in 2004 capped a 70-year career in film, bequeathing to movie lovers the legacy of an actress with the soul of a character player and the face of a movie star.

Relationships

Caroline Stevenson

Daughter

Stephen Stafford

Son

Jeffrey Byron

Son

Robert Nathan

Husband
married from 1970 until his death at age 91 in 1985

John Stafford

Son
died in 1986

Robert Stevenson

Husband
married 1934 divorced 1940 met in the Libyan desert while filming "The Camels Are Coming" directed Lee in six films, including "The Man Who Changed His Mind" (1936), "King Solomon's Mines" (1937) and "Return to Yesterday" (1940)

Venetia Stevenson

Daughter
father Robert Stevenson formerly married to actor Russ Tamblyn and pop singer Don Everly of the Everly Brothers mother of Erin Everly (born c. 1966)

John Winnifrith

Brother
died January 1, 1993 in Aplledore, Kent, England at the age of 84 had served in the British government as undersecretary of state for agriculture and fisheries also worked as director general of the National Trust

EDUCATION

Center School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art at Royal Albert Hall

Milestones

1993

Awarded star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1982

Injured spine in accident; paralyzed from waist down

1978

Played Lila Quatermaine on the ABC daytime drama, "General Hospital"

1965

Portrayed Sister Margaretta in "The Sound of Music"

1956

Played Doris Mayfield on the CBS sitcom, "The Charlie Farrell Show"

1952

Last feature film for several years, "Boots Malone"

1951

Played Dora Foster on the TV sitcom, "A Date with Judy"

1950

Moved to New York to begin second career in live TV

1940

Made first film with director John Ford, "How Green Was My Valley"

1940

First American film, "Seven Sinners", in support of Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne

Was a panelist on the information/game show, "It's News to Me"

Earliest film credits include "Chelsea Life" (1933) and "The Camels Are Coming" (1934)

Returned to feature films in the late 1950s in such films as "The Last Hurrah" (1958) and "The Horse Soldiers" (1959)

Joined the London Repertory Theatre; toured in such plays as "The Constant Nymph" and "Jane Eyre"

Bonus Trivia

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Lee has received three SOAP OPERA Digest awards for her work on "General Hospital" in 1982, 1983 and 1988.

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