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Anne Shirley

Anne Shirley

Show Count: 4
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: April 17, 1918
Old Time Radio, New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 4, 1993, Los Angeles, California, USA
Dawn Evelyeen Paris, known as Anne Shirley, was an American film actress.
Beginning her career as a child actress under the name Dawn O'Day, Shirley adopted the name of the character she played in Anne of Green Gables in 1934, and 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.
She retired from acting in 1944, at the age of 26. She remained in Los Angeles, where she died in 1993.
Born in New York City, she began acting under the name of Dawn O'Day. She began acting at the age of five, and had a highly successful child star career in Pre-Code movies, appearing in such films as the 1930 version of Liliom, Tom Mix's Riders of the Purple Sage, So Big, Three on a Match and Rasputin and the Empress.
In 1934 she starred as the character of Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, and took that character's name as her stage name.
After adopting the name Anne Shirley, she starred in Steamboat 'Round the Bend, Make Way for a Lady and Stella Dallas, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Later roles were in such movies as Vigil in the Night, Anne of Windy Poplars, The Devil and Daniel Webster and Murder, My Sweet, her final film. Of her portrayal in Saturday's Children, The New York Times commented that she "endows the little wife with heroic integrity and strength of character."
Her first husband was the actor John Payne, and their daughter is former actress Julie Payne. Her second husband was producer Adrian Scott. When he was blacklisted and decided to move the family to Europe, at the last minute she wrote him a "Dear John" letter saying she'd rather stay behind and divorce him. Her third husband was Charles Lederer, nephew of Marion Davies. They had a son named Daniel Lederer.
Shirley died from lung cancer in Los Angeles, aged 75 on July 4, 1993. For her contributions to the motion picture industry, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7020 Hollywood Blvd.

Source: Wikipedia
Broadcast: 15th November 1937
Added: Nov 17 2007
Broadcast: November 21, 1938
Added: Nov 24 2019
Broadcast: 7th March 1938
Added: Mar 08 2010