Anne Shirley

Actor
Already performing as a toddler barely out of diapers, Anne Shirley toiled in the entertainment world for approximately 25 years. That in itself was not so unusual, but few actors or actresses with that sort of ... Read more »
Born: 04/16/1918 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Bombardier 1942 (Movie)

Burton Hughes (Actor)

The Mayor of 44th Street 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Devil and Daniel Webster 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stella Dallas 1936 (Movie)

Laurel Dallas (Actor)

The Life of Jimmy Dolan 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

Three on a Match 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

Four Devils 1927 (Movie)

Marion as a girl (Actor)

Alice's Egg Plant 1925 (Movie)

(Voice)

A Man to Remember (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Condemned Women (Movie)

Millie Anson (Actor)

Finishing School (Movie)

Billie (Actor)

Government Girl (Movie)

May (Actor)

Law of the Underworld (Movie)

Annabelle (Actor)

Liliom (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Meet the Missus (Movie)

Louise Foster (Actor)

Mother Carey's Chickens (Movie)

Nancy Carey (Actor)

Music in Manhattan (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Rasputin and the Empress (Movie)

Anastasia (Second Princess) (Actor)

Rich Man's Folly (Movie)

Anne, Age 8 (Actor)

Saturday's Children (Movie)

Bobby Halevy (Actor)

Sins of the Fathers (Movie)

Mary as a Girl (Actor)

Steamboat Round the Bend (Movie)

Fleety Belle (Actor)

The Powers Girl (Movie)

Ellen Evans (Actor)

The Purchase Price (Movie)

A Farmer's Daughter (Actor)

This Side of Heaven (TV Show)

Actor

Vigil in the Night (Movie)

Lucy Lee (Actor)

Young America (Movie)

Mabel Saunders (Actor)

Biography

Already performing as a toddler barely out of diapers, Anne Shirley toiled in the entertainment world for approximately 25 years. That in itself was not so unusual, but few actors or actresses with that sort of longevity could say that they retired before their 27th birthday. After years of minor appearances in largely unremarkable projects, Shirley had her big break when cast as Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved "Anne of Green Gables" (1934). While not all of her subsequent movies were memorable, Shirley was sometimes able to play more involved and interesting characters in fare like the classic "Stella Dallas" (1937), where her turn as star Barbara Stanwyck's daughter earned Shirley an Oscar nomination. In spite of that notoriety, RKO seemed content to mostly use the New York City native as sweet, uncomplicated nice girls in equally basic pictures, but the actress was able to revisit her most famous part in "Anne of Windy Poplars" (1940); "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (1941) and the film noir thriller "Murder, My Sweet" (1944) also proved to be well above average. Tired of the industry and everything it entailed, she eventually decided to leave and remained mostly unheard from until her passing in 1993. Although she never really stretched herself much as an actress, Shirley was very good at pulling off the assignments for which she gained notice and her interpretation of Anne of Green Gables was able to stand the test of time.

Relationships

Charles Lederer Screenplay

Husband
Married 1949 until his death 1976

Charles Lederer

Husband
married c. 1949 born on December 31, 1910 died on March 5, 1976 frequently collaborated with Ben Hecht

Daniel Lederer

Son
father, Charles Lederer survived her

John Payne

Husband
married in 1937 divorced in 1943 born on May 23, 1912 died on December 6, 1989

Adrian Scott

Husband
married in 1945 divorced in 1949 born on February 6, 1912 died on December 25, 1972 was one of the "Hollywood Ten", a group of mostly screenwriters who were called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the late 1940s and refused to answer whether or not they had affiliations with the American Communist Party subsequently served time in prison and was blacklisted

Julie Towne

Daughter
father, John Payne survived her

Milestones

1943

Last film, "Murder, My Sweet"; retired

1937

Received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her best-remembered film, "Stella Dallas"

1934

Changed her name to Anne Shirley when she played a role by that name in the popular RKO adaptation of the children's classic, "Anne of Green Gables"

1932

Played the real-life Anastasia, heir to the throne, in "Rasputin and the Empress", a fictional film based on the lives of the mad monk and the declining Russian aristocracy

1921

Began acting career at the age of 3, using the name Dawn O'Day (date approximate)

Earliest films include "Moonshine Valley" (1922) and "The Spanish Dancer" (1923)

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