Anne Gwynne

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Anne Gwynne
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Gwynne in the 1940s
Born Marguerite Gwynne Trice
(1918-12-10)December 10, 1918
Waco, Texas, U.S.
Died March 31, 2003(2003-03-31) (aged 84)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1939–1970
Spouse(s) Max M. Gilford (1945–65; his death)

Anne Gwynne (born Marguerite Gwynne Trice; December 10, 1918 – March 31, 2003) was an American film actress of the 1940s. Known as one of the first scream queens because of her numerous appearances in horror films, the actress-model was also one of the most popular pin-ups of World War II.


Gwynne was born in Waco, Texas, the daughter of Pearl (née Guinn) and Jefferson Benjamin Trice, an apparel manufacturer.[1] After her family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, she attended Stephens College where she studied drama.[2]

While accompanying her father to a convention in Los Angeles, Gwynne obtained a job modeling for Catalina Swimwear. She soon began acting in small theaters and appeared in a newsreel and a charity short. In June 1939, she signed a contract with Universal and was immediately put to work in Unexpected Father.[2]

Universal cast her in a variety of genres including film noir and musical comedy. She made a number of Westerns at the studio, including two she numbered among her favorite projects, Men of Texas with Robert Stack and Broderick Crawford and Ride 'Em Cowboy with Abbott and Costello (both 1942).[3] She is remembered by fans of horror for her work in several pictures made in the 1940s. Her first horror film was Black Friday (1940) in which she played Boris Karloff's daughter. House of Frankenstein (1944) was the last horror picture she did at Universal.[4]

Gwynne was a television pioneer, appearing in TV's first filmed series, Public Prosecutor (1947–48); she was a member of the regular cast, playing Pat Kelly, the District Attorney's secretary.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Gwynne married Max M. Gilford in 1945. The couple had two children, Gregory and Gwynne, an actress. Gwynne Gilford's children are actress Katherine Pine and actor Chris Pine. Gwynne died March 31, 2003 of a stroke following surgery at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.[1]

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