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Anita Stewart in the late 1910s
|Born||Anna May Stewart
February 7, 1895
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 4, 1961
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
|Education||Erasmus Hall High School|
|Occupation||Actress, film producer|
|Spouse(s)||Rudolph Cameron (m. 1917; div. 1928)
George Peabody Converse (m. 1929; d. 1946)
Stewart was one of the earliest film actresses to achieve public recognition in the nascent medium of motion pictures and achieved a great deal of acclaim early in her acting career. Among her earlier popular roles were 1911's enormous box office hit adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, directed by William J.Humphrey, and having an all-star cast including Maurice Costello, Florence Turner, Norma Talmadge and John Bunny, as well as roles in 1913's The Forgotten Latchkey and The White Feather.
Marriage to Cameron
In 1917, she married Rudolph Cameron and became the sister-in-law of film director and actor Ralph Ince, who began giving the young actress more prominent roles in films for Vitagraph. Throughout the 1910s and into the early 1920s, Anita Stewart was one of the silent screen's most popular actresses and was often paired in romantic roles with real-life husband, actor Rudolph Cameron. Stewart was also featured opposite such screen legends as Mae Busch and Barbara La Marr.
Stewart left her lucrative Vitagraph Studios career in 1918 to accept a contract with fledgling film mogul Louis B. Mayer by the terms of which she would head her own production company at the Mayer studios in Los Angeles. It was alleged that Stewart was recovering from an illness in a Los Angeles hospital when Mayer convinced her to leave Vitagraph for an undisclosed but exorbitant sum of money. Between 1918 and 1919 Stewart produced seven moderately successful vehicles, starring in all of them. Throughout the 1920s, Stewart continue to be featured in prominent roles in silent films.
Marriage to Peabody
Following Stewart's divorce from Cameron in 1928, Stewart married George Peabody Converse the following year. Like many of her silent film contemporaries, Stewart found the transition to sound film extremely difficult. After making just one musical short in 1932, The Hollywood Handicap, Stewart retired from the screen.
Stewart authored the murder mystery novel The Devil's Toy, which was published in New York in 1935 by E. P. Dutton. Though the book's dust jacket traded on the author's Hollywood connection, the plot concerned the killing of a stage actor and was set in San Francisco.
|1911||Prejudice of Pierre Marie||Credited as Anna Stewart|
|1912||Her Choice||May - The Vain Niece|
|1912||Billy's Pipe Dream||Pert Dawson|
|1913||The Swan Girl||The Swan Girl|
|1914||The Girl from Prosperity||Bessie Williams|
|1914||A Million Bid||Agnes Belgradin|
|1916||My Lady's Slipper||Countess Gabrielle de Villars|
|1916||The Suspect||Sophie Karrenina|
|1916||The Daring of Diana||Diana|
|1916||The Combat||Muriel Fleming|
|1917||The Glory of Yolanda||Yolanda|
|1917||Clover's Rebellion||Clover Dean|
|1918||Virtuous Wives||Amy Forrester|
|1919||The Painted World||Yvette Murree|
|1919||In Old Kentucky||Madge Brierly|
|1920||The Fighting Shepherdess||Kate Prentice||Alternative title: Vindication
|1921||Playthings of Destiny||Julie Arnold||Producer|
|1922||Rose o' the Sea||Rose Elton||Producer|
|1923||The Love Piker||Hope Warner|
|1923||Mary of the Movies||herself|
|1924||The Great White Way||Mabel Vandegrift|
|1925||Never the Twain Shall Meet||Tamea|
|1926||The Prince of Pilsen||Nellie Wagner|
|1927||Wild Geese||Lind Archer|
|1928||Sisters of Eve||Beatrice Franklin|
- Stewart's biography on the Women Film Pioneers Project website gives her birth name as Anna Marie Stewart.
- "Anita Stewart, Silent-Film Star. Actress, 65, Dies on Coast. Won Fame in 'Goddess'". New York Times. May 5, 1961. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
Anita Stewart, a former star Of silent films, died today. She was 65 years old. Her sister, Lucille Stewart, found the one-time actress unconscious in a bedroom ...
- Neely, Hugh. "Profile: Anita Stewart". Women Film Pioneers Project at Columbia University. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
- Eyman, Scott (2008). Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781439107911. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- Albers, Patricia (1999). Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti. University of California Press. pp. 60–61. ISBN 9780520235144. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
- "Anita Stewart Weds George P. Converse. Marriage of Film Actress and New York Banker Recorded in Sound and on Film". New York Times. July 25, 1929. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
Anita Stewart, film actress, and George Peabody Converse, New York banker, were married at noon today in the patio of the Chateau Elysee Apartments on Franklin Avenue. ...
- "Anita Stewart". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
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