Anita Louise in Call It a Day (1937)
Anita Louise Fremault|
January 9, 1915
New York City, U.S.
April 25, 1970 (aged 55)|
West Los Angeles, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
|Other names||Anita Fremault|
Buddy Adler (m. 1940–1960; his death) 2 children |
Henry Berger (m. 1962–1970; her death)
Anita Louise (born Anita Louise Fremault, January 9, 1915 – April 25, 1970) was an American film and television actress best known for her performances in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935), Anthony Adverse (1936), Marie Antoinette (1938) and The Little Princess (1939). She was named as a WAMPAS Baby Star, and frequently described as one of the cinema's most fashionable and stylish women.
Louise had delicate features and blonde hair, with ageless grace, which saw her through 30 years in film, beginning as a child actress before becoming a featured player during Hollywood's Golden Age.
Life and career
She attended the Professional Children's School. She made her acting debut on Broadway at the age of seven, in Peter Ibbetson. Within a year she was appearing regularly in Hollywood films. By her late teens, she was being cast in leading and supporting roles in major productions, and was highly regarded for her delicate features and blonde hair.
At age seven, Louise appeared in the film Down to the Sea in Ships (1922). She made her first credited screen debut at the age of nine in the film The Sixth Commandment (1924). In 1929, Louise dropped her Fremault surname, billing herself by her first and second names only.
As her stature in Hollywood grew, she was named as a WAMPAS Baby Star, and was frequently described as one of cinema's most fashionable and stylish women.[according to whom?] Her reputation was further enhanced by her role as Hollywood society hostess, with her parties attended by the elite of Hollywood, and widely and regularly reported in the news media
Among her film successes wereJust Like Heaven(1930 film) Madame Du Barry (1934), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935), Anthony Adverse (1936), Marie Antoinette (1938), The Sisters (1938), and The Little Princess (1939).
By the 1940s, she was reduced to mostly secondary roles and her film career started to slow. Some of her films during this time are Casanova Brown (1944), Nine Girls (1944), The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946), Blondie's Big Moment (1947), and Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1947). Her last appearance on big screen in the 1952 war film Retreat, Hell!. In 1950s. Louise was reduced to minor roles and acted very infrequently until the advent of television in the 1950s provided her with further opportunities. In middle age she played one of her most widely seen roles as the gentle mother, Nell McLaughlin, in the CBS television series My Friend Flicka from 1956–1957, with co-stars Johnny Washbrook, Gene Evans, and Frank Ferguson. Louise was also the substitute host of The Loretta Young Show (1953) when Loretta Young was recuperating from surgery. In 1957, she was host of Theater Time on ABC-TV.:1068 Other shows Anita hosted include The United States Steel Hour (1962) and Playhouse 90 (1957). Her last television appearance was in 1970 was in an episode of the Mod Squad.
Personal life and death
Louise virtually retired after My Friend Flicka, which was rebroadcast thereafter for a generation. Her husband, film producer Buddy Adler, whom she had married on May 18, 1940, died in 1960. They had two children. She married Henry Berger in 1962. Louise died of a stroke on April 25, 1970, in West Los Angeles, California. She was buried next to Adler at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. She was 55 years old.
|1922||Down to the Sea in Ships||(uncredited)|
|1924||The Sixth Commandment|
|1924||Lend Me Your Husband|
|1926||The Untamed Lady|
|1927||The Music Master|
|1928||A Woman of Affairs||Diana as a Child (uncredited)|
|1929||The Spirit of Youth||Toodles Ewing|
|1929||Square Shoulders||Mary Jane|
|1929||Wonder of Women||Lottie|
|1929||The Marriage Playground||Blanca Wheater|
|1930||The Florodora Girl||Vibart Child|
|1930||What a Man||Marion Kilbourne|
|1930||Just Like Heaven||Mimi|
|1930||The Third Alarm||Milly Morton|
|1931||Everything's Rosie||Rosie Droop|
|1931||The Great Meadow||Betty Hall|
|1931||Millie||Constance 'Connie' Maitland|
|1931||The Woman Between||Helen Weston|
|1931||Heaven On Earth||Towhead|
|1932||The Phantom of Crestwood||Esther Wren|
|1933||Our Betters||Elizabeth 'Bessie' Saunders|
|1934||The Most Precious Thing in Life||Patty O'Day|
|1934||Are We Civilized?||Norma Bockner|
|1934||Cross Streets||Clara Grattan|
|1934||I Give My Love||Lorna March|
|1934||Judge Priest||Ellie May Gillespie|
|1934||Madame DuBarry||Marie Antoinette|
|1934||The Firebird||Mariette Pointer|
|1934||Bachelor of Arts||Mimi Smith|
|1935||Lady Tubbs||Wynne Howard|
|1935||Here's to Romance||Lydia Lubov|
|1935||Personal Maid's Secret||Diana Abercrombie|
|1935||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Titania, Queen of the Fairies|
|1936||The Story of Louis Pasteur||Annette Pasteur|
|1936||Brides Are Like That||Hazel Robinson|
|1937||Green Light||Phyllis Dexter|
|1937||Call It a Day||Vera, the maid|
|1937||The Go Getter||Margaret Ricks|
|1937||That Certain Woman||Florence 'Flip' Carson Merrick|
|1937||First Lady||Emmy Page|
|1938||My Bill||Muriel Colbrook|
|1938||Marie Antoinette||Princesse de Lamballe|
|1938||The Sisters||Helen Elliot Johnson|
|1938||Going Places||Ellen Parker|
|1939||The Little Princess||Rose Hamilton|
|1939||The Gorilla||Norma Denby|
|1939||These Glamour Girls||Daphne 'Daph' Graves|
|1939||Hero For a Day||Sylvia Higgins|
|1939||Main Street Lawyer||Honey Boggs|
|1939||Reno||Mrs. Joanne Ryder|
|1940||Wagons Westward||Phyllis O'Conover|
|1940||Glamour for Sale||Ann Powell|
|1940||The Villain Still Pursued Her||Mary Wilson|
|1941||The Phantom Submarine||Madeline Neilson|
|1941||Two in a Taxi||Bonnie|
|1941||Harmon of Michigan||Peggy Adams|
|1943||Dangerous Blondes||Julie Taylor|
|1944||Nine Girls||Paula Canfield|
|1944||Casanova Brown||Madge Ferris|
|1945||Love Letters||Helen Wentworth|
|1946||The Fighting Guardsman||Amelie de Montrevel|
|1946||The Bandit of Sherwood Forest||Lady Catherine Maitland|
|1946||The Devil's Mask||Janet Mitchell|
|1946||Personality Kid||Laura Howard|
|1947||Blondie's Big Moment||Miss Gary|
|1947||Bulldog Drummond at Bay||Doris Hamilton|
|1952||Retreat, Hell!||Ruth Hansen|
|1950||Stars Over Hollywood||1 episode|
|1952||Footlights Theater||1 episode|
|1953||Your Favorite Story|
|1952–55||The Ford Television Theatre||Marie McCoy, Mother|
|1955||Lux Video Theatre|
|1956||My Friend Flicka||Nell McLaughlin|
|1956||Ethel Barrymore Theatre|
|1957||The Millionaire||Nancy Wellington|
|1957||Playhouse 90||Mabel Seymour Greer|
|1957||Letter to Loretta||Laura|
|1962||The United States Steel Hour||Mrs. McCabe|
|1970||The Mod Squad|
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