Gale Page

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Gale Page
Gale Page in Four Daughters trailer.jpg
Born Sally Perkins Rutter
(1913-07-29)July 29, 1913
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Died January 8, 1983(1983-01-08) (aged 69)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Radio, film, television actress
Years active 1938–1964
Spouse(s) Frederick M. Tritschler (divorced)
Aldo Solito de Solis

Gale Page (July 29, 1913 – January 8, 1983) was an American singer and actress, born Sally Perkins Rutter in Spokane, Washington.[1]

Early years[edit]

Page was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Hunter of Spokane.[2] She was the niece of Miles Poindexter, a U.S. Senator from Washington[3] and great-granddaughter of Joseph Gale, the first chief executive of Oregon (for whom she chose the "Gale" part of her screen name).[4]

Radio[edit]

Page was a radio actress and singer before being signed to a Hollywood film contract by Warner Brothers in 1938.

She sang on a Spokane station before getting a job on KYW radio in Chicago, Illinois, subsequently moving to NBC, where her network activities included singing on Fibber McGee and Molly.[1] Page was cast as blues singer Gertrude Lamont in the 1935 soap opera Masquerade.[5] Beginning May 27, 1936,[6] she played Gloria Marsh on the soap opera Today's Children. In the summer of 1939, she co-starred with Jim Ameche on Hollywood Playhouse.[1]

Film[edit]

She made her film debut in Crime School (1938) with Humphrey Bogart and also appeared in The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) before winning the role of the fourth daughter in Four Daughters (1938). She costarred in this with the Lane Sisters and was only film "daughter" not played by one of the Lanes. She appeared in three other films with the Lane sisters: Daughters Courageous (1939) and the two "Four Daughters" sequels: Four Wives (1939) and Four Mothers (1941).

Page appeared in only 16 films during her career, including Heart of the North (1938), You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939), Naughty but Nice (1939), They Drive by Night (1940), Knute Rockne, All American (1940), The Time of Your Life (1948) and Anna Lucasta (1949).

Television[edit]

Page was a semiregular performer on the television series Robert Montgomery Presents from 1954 until 1957.

Personal life[edit]

On August 17, 1942,[2] Page married Count Aldo Solito de Solis,[7] a pianist and composer.[8] In 1943, they had twins, Marina Francesca and Lucchino Giovanni. She was earlier married to Frederick M. Tritschler, with whom she had one child,[9] a son.[3] She was divorced from Tritschler October 20, 1939.[10]

Death[edit]

Page died in Santa Monica, California, aged 69, from lung cancer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Thompson, Edgar A. (July 2, 1939). "Gale Page Fulfills an Ambition". The Milwaukee Journal. p. 14. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Gale Page Wed In Idaho To Count Aldo Solito De Solis". Del Rio News Herald. August 18, 1942. p. 3. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ a b "Gale Page Wins Divorce". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. October 22, 1939. p. 12. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ "Radio News Notes". The Circleville Herald. August 8, 1944. p. 7. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 442.
  6. ^ "Singer Gale Page". Carroll Daily Herald. May 30, 1936. p. 3. 
  7. ^ "Gale Page, Count de Solis To Present Famed Popular Music". The Van Nuys News. August 25, 1949. p. 1. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ "Famous Pianist-Composer, Solito de Solis Added to Valley Celebrity List". The Van Nuys News. February 16, 1948. p. 5. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "Actress Gale Page Gives Birth to Twins". The Decatur Daily Review. February 26, 1943. p. 25. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "Two Hollywood Marriages Fail". The San Bernardino County Sun. October 21, 1939. p. 1. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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