Anne Shirley (actress)
Dawn Evelyn Paris
April 17, 1918
New York City, U.S.
|Died||July 4, 1993 (aged 75)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Dawn O'Day|
(m. 1937; div. 1943)
(m. 1945; div. 1948)
(m. 1949; died 1976)
|Children||2, including Julie Payne|
Anne Shirley (born Dawn Evelyn Paris; April 17, 1918 – July 4, 1993) was an American actress.
Beginning her career as a child actress under the stage name Dawn O'Day, she adopted the stage name of Anne Shirley, after playing the title character in the film adaptation of Anne of Green Gables in 1934, after which she 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.
Although Shirley left the acting profession in 1944, at the age of 26, she remained in Los Angeles, where she died at the age of 75.
Born in New York City as a baby she began modeling, and made her film debut with a featured role in 1922's Moonshine Valley. Shirley began acting at the age of five as the live action "Alice" in Walt Disney's pre-Mickey Mouse silent animated series "Alice in Cartoonland". She had a highly successful child star career in Pre-Code movies, appearing in films such as Liliom, Tom Mix's Riders of the Purple Sage, So Big, Three on a Match and Rasputin and the Empress.
Later roles were in Vigil in the Night, Anne of Windy Poplars, The Devil and Daniel Webster and Murder, My Sweet, her final film. Of Shirley's portrayal in Saturday's Children, The New York Times wrote that she "endows the little wife with heroic integrity and strength of character."
Her second husband was film producer and screenwriter Adrian Scott. When he was blacklisted and decided to move the family to Europe, she wrote him a "Dear John" letter, stating she'd rather stay behind and divorce him, which she did in 1949.
Shirley died from lung cancer in Los Angeles, aged 75, on July 4, 1993, and was cremated. For her contributions to the motion picture industry, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7020 Hollywood Blvd.
|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||Short, as Dawn O'Day|
|1927||The Callahans and the Murphys||Mary Callahan||as Dawn O'Day|
|Night Life||Daughter of War Profiteer||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||short, as Dawn O'Day|
|Howdy Mate||-||short, 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||Mabel Saunders||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||scenes deleted, as Dawn O'Day|
|School for Girls||Catherine Fogarty|
|Finishing School||Billie||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|
|Picture Palace||Dawn||short, as Dawn O'Day|
|Private Lessons||Dawn||short, as Dawn O'Day|
|1935||Chasing Yesterday||Jeanne Alexandre|
|Steamboat Round the Bend||Fleety Belle|
|So and Sew||-||short, uncredited|
|Make Way for a Lady||June Drew|
|1937||Too Many Wives||Betty Jackson|
|Meet the Missus||Louise Foster|
|Stella Dallas||Laurel "Lollie" Dallas||nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|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||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||final film role|
- "Anne Shirley At Weller". The Times Recorder. Zanesville, Ohio. July 7, 1940. p. 16. Retrieved July 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.[dead link]
- Shipman, David (October 22, 2011). "Obituary: Anne Shirley". The Independent. London. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- "Information Desk". Modern Screen. 11 (2). July 1935. p. 10. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- Crowther, Bosley (May 4, 1940). "THE SCREEN; John Garfield and Anne Shirley Seen at Strand in 'Saturday's Children'--'Star Dust' at Roxy". The New York Times. para. 4. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
- "Anne Marries". Mansfield News Journal. United Press. August 23, 1937. p. 10. Retrieved July 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. [dead link]
- "Anne Shirley". Variety. Associated Press. July 8, 1993. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
- Barzman, Norma (August 18, 2004). The Red and the Blacklist: The Intimate Memoir of a Hollywood Expatriate. Public Affairs. ISBN 978-1560256175.
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