Joy Page

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Joy Page
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with Robert Stack, in Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)
Joy Cerrette Paige

(1924-11-09)November 9, 1924
DiedApril 18, 2008(2008-04-18) (aged 83)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Years active1942–1959
Spouse(s)William T. Orr (1945–1970)
ChildrenGregory Orr
Parent(s)Don Alvarado
Ann Boyar

Joy Page (November 9, 1924 – April 18, 2008) was an American actress best known for her role as the Bulgarian refugee Annina Brandel in Casablanca (1942).


Born Joy Cerrette Paige,[1] she was the daughter of Mexican-American silent film star Don Alvarado (born José Paige) and Ann Boyar (1908–1990), the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants. Her parents divorced when she was eight.

In 1936, her mother married Jack L. Warner, then head of Warner Bros. studios. Warner, however, did not encourage his stepdaughter's interest in acting. Page, who initially thought the script to Casablanca was "old fashioned" and "cliched", landed the role on her own and Warner reluctantly approved. She was only seventeen and fresh out of high school.

Warner, however, refused to sign Page to a contract, and she never appeared in another Warner Bros. film. She went on to act in a number of films for other studios, usually billed as Joanne Page, and made some television appearances. In 1945, Page married actor William T. Orr. He became a Warner Bros. executive, leading to accusations of nepotism. She retired from acting after appearing in the first season of Disney's miniseries The Swamp Fox in 1959. The year before, in her final film role, she played Prairie Flower, a Sioux Indian and mother of White Bull, played by Sal Mineo, in Tonka.

Personal life/death[edit]

Page and Orr divorced in 1970. Their son, Gregory Orr, is a writer and producer.[citation needed]

Page died on April 18, 2008, of complications arising from a stroke and pneumonia.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1942 Casablanca Annina Brandel
1944 Kismet Marsinah
1948 Man-Eater of Kumaon Lali
1950 Bullfighter and the Lady Anita de la Vega
1953 Conquest of Cochise Consuelo de Cordova
1953 Fighter Attack Nina
1955 The Shrike Charlotte Moore
1958 Tonka Prairie Flower


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