Anne Shirley (actress)
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from the trailer for the film
Vigil in the Night (1940)
|Born||Dawn Evelyeen Paris
April 17, 1918
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||July 4, 1993
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Dawn O'Day|
|Spouse(s)||John Payne (1937–1943) (divorced) 1 child
Adrian Scott (1945–1948) (divorced)
Charles Lederer (1949–1976) (his death) 1 child
Dawn Evelyeen Paris (April 17, 1918 – July 4, 1993), known as Anne Shirley, was an American film actress.
Beginning her career as a child actress under the name Dawn O'Day, Shirley adopted the name of the character she played in Anne of Green Gables in 1934, and achieved a successful career in supporting roles. Among her films is Stella Dallas (1937), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She retired from acting in 1944, at the age of 26. She remained in Los Angeles, where she died in 1993.
Born in New York City, she began acting under the name of Dawn O'Day. She began acting at the age of five, and had a highly successful child star career in Pre-Code movies, appearing in such films as the 1930 version of Liliom, Tom Mix's Riders of the Purple Sage, So Big, Three on a Match and Rasputin and the Empress.
Later roles were in such movies as Vigil in the Night, Anne of Windy Poplars, The Devil and Daniel Webster and Murder, My Sweet, her final film. Of her portrayal in Saturday's Children, The New York Times commented that she "endows the little wife with heroic integrity and strength of character."
Her first husband was the actor John Payne, and their daughter is former actress Julie Payne. Her second husband was producer Adrian Scott. When he was blacklisted and decided to move the family to Europe, at the last minute she wrote him a "Dear John" letter saying she'd rather stay behind and divorce him. Her third husband was Charles Lederer, nephew of Marion Davies. They had a son named Daniel Lederer. Shirley had also a brief relation with younger western star Rory Calhoun and another with French movie star Jean-Pierre Aumont.
|1922||The Hidden Woman||Girl||as Dawn O'Day|
|Moonshine Valley||Nancy||as Dawn O'Day|
|1923||The Rustle of Silk||Girl||as Dawn O'Day|
|The Spanish Dancer||Don Balthazar Carlos||as Dawn O'Day|
|1924||The Man Who Fights Alone||Dorothy||as Dawn O'Day|
|The Fast Set||Little Margaret||as Dawn O'Day|
|1925||Riders of the Purple Sage||Fay Larkin||uncredited|
|Alice's Egg Plant||Alice||as Dawn O'Day|
|1927||Night Life||Daughter of War Profiteer||as Dawn O'Day|
|The Callahans and the Murphys||Mary Callahan||as Dawn O'Day|
|1928||Mother Knows Best||Sally, as a child||as Dawn O'Day|
|4 Devils||Marion, as a girl||as Dawn O'Day|
|Sins of the Fathers||Mary, as a child||as Dawn O'Day|
|1930||City Girl||Marie Tustine||as Dawn O'Day|
|Liliom||Louise||as Dawn O'Day|
|1931||Gun Smoke||Horton's Daughter||as Dawn O'Day|
|Hello Napoleon||The Little Girl||as Dawn O'Day|
|Howdy Mate||-||as Dawn O'Day|
|Rich Man's Folly||Anne, as a child||as Dawn O'Day|
|1932||Emma||Isabelle as a Child||uncredited|
|Young America||Girl||as Dawn O'Day|
|So Big!||Selina Peake, as a Child||uncredited|
|The Purchase Price||Sarah Tipton, the Daughter||uncredited|
|Three on a Match||Vivian Revere as a Child||as Dawn O'Day|
|Rasputin and the Empress||Princess Anastasia||uncredited|
|1933||The Life of Jimmy Dolan||Mary Lou||uncredited|
|1934||This Side of Heaven||Flower Girl||as Dawn O'Day/Scenes deleted|
|Picture Palace||Dawn||as Dawn O'Day|
|School for Girls||Catherine Fogarty|
|Finishing School||Billie||as Dawn O'Day|
|Private Lessons||Dawn||as Dawn O'Day|
|The Key||Flower Girl||as Dawn O'Day|
|Bachelor Bait||Miriam Ann Johnson, Marriage License Applicant||uncredited|
|Anne of Green Gables||Anne Shirley|
|1935||Chasing Yesterday||Jeanne Alexandre|
|Steamboat Round the Bend||Fleety Belle|
|So and Sew||-|
|Make Way for a Lady||June Drew|
|1937||Too Many Wives||Betty Jackson|
|Meet the Missus||Louise Foster|
|Stella Dallas||Laurel 'Lollie' Dallas|
|1938||Condemned Women||Millie Anson|
|Law of the Underworld||Annabelle Porter|
|Mother Carey's Chickens||Nancy Carey|
|Girls' School||Natalie Freeman|
|A Man to Remember||Jean Johnson|
|Sorority House||Alice Fisher|
|1940||Vigil in the Night||Lucy Lee|
|Saturday's Children||Bobby Halevy|
|Anne of Windy Poplars||Anne Shirley|
|1941||West Point Widow||Nancy Hull|
|Unexpected Uncle||Kathleen Brown|
|The Devil and Daniel Webster||Mary Stone|
|1942||Four Jacks and a Jill||Karanina 'Nina' Novak|
|The Mayor of 44th Street||Jessey Lee|
|1943||Ona zashchishchayet rodinu||Pasha||English voice|
|Lady Bodyguard||A.C. Baker|
|The Powers Girl||Ellen Evans|
|Government Girl||May Harness Blake|
|1944||Man from Frisco||Diana Kennedy|
|Music in Manhattan||Frankie Foster|
|Murder, My Sweet||Anne Grayle|
- Crowther, Bosley (1940-05-04). "THE SCREEN; John Garfield and Anne Shirley Seen at Strand in 'Saturday's Children'--'Star Dust' at Roxy". The New York Times (New York City: The New York Times Company). para. 4. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
- "The Red and the Blacklist" by Norma Barzman.
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- Anne Shirley at the Internet Movie Database
- Anne Shirley at Find a Grave
- Anne Shirley at Virtual History
- Anne of Green Gables Centenary - This site includes information about the centenary anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.