Ann Dvorak

Highest Rated: 100% Scarface (1932)
Birthday: Aug 2, 1912
Birthplace: Not Available
American actress Ann Dvorak was the daughter of silent film director Sam McKim and stage actress Anne Lehr ("Dvorak" was her mother's maiden name). Educated at Page School for Girls in Los Angeles, Dvorak secured work as a chorus dancer in early talking films: she is quite visible amongst the female hoofers in Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929). Reportedly it was her friend Joan Crawford, a headliner in Hollywood Revue, who introduced Dvorak to multimillionaire Howard Hughes, then busy putting together his film Scarface (1931). Dvorak was put under contract and cast in Scarface as gangster Paul Muni's sister, and despite the strictures of film censorship at the time, the actress' piercing eyes and subtle body language made certain that the "incest" subtext in the script came through loud and clear. Hughes sold Dvorak's contract to Warner Bros., who intended to pay her the relative pittance she'd gotten for Scarface until she decided to retreat to Europe. Warners caved in with a better salary, but it might have been at the expense of Dvorak's starring career. Though she played roles in such films as Three on a Match (1932) and G-Men (1935) with relish, the characters were the sort of "life's losers" who usually managed to expire just before the fadeout, leaving the hero to embrace the prettier, less complex ingenue. Dvorak cornered the market in portraying foredoomed gangster's molls with prolonged death scenes, but they were almost always secondary roles. One of her rare forays into comedy occurred in producer Hal Roach's Merrily We Live (1938), an amusing My Man Godfrey rip-off. In 1940, Dvorak followed her first husband to England, starring there in such wartime films as Squadron Leader X (1941) and This Was Paris (1942). Upon her return to Hollywood in 1945, Dvorak found very little work beyond westerns and melodramas; she did have a bravura role as a cabaret singer held prisoner by the Japanese in I Was an American Spy (1951), but it was produced at second-string Republic Pictures and didn't get top bookings. After Secret of Convict Lake (1951), Dvorak quit film work; she had never found it to be as satisfactory as her stage career, which included a year's run in the 1948 Broadway play The Respectful Prostitute. During her retirement, spent with her third husband, she divided her time between her homes in Malibu and Hawaii, and her passion for collecting rare books.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Secret of Convict Lake Rachel 1951
No Score Yet I Was An American Spy Mrs. Claire 'High Pockets' Phillips 1951
No Score Yet The Return of Jesse James Susan (Sue) Ellen Younger 1950
No Score Yet Our Very Own Mrs. Lynch 1950
No Score Yet A Life of Her Own Mary Ashlon 1950
No Score Yet The Walls of Jericho Belle Connors 1948
No Score Yet Out of the Blue Olive Jensen 1947
No Score Yet The Long Night Charlene 1947
No Score Yet The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Madeleine Forestier 1947
No Score Yet The Bachelor's Daughters Actor 1946
No Score Yet Flame of Barbary Coast Ann 'Flaxen' Tarry 1945
No Score Yet Cafe Hostess Jo 1940
No Score Yet Blind Alley Mary 1939
No Score Yet Merrily We Live Minerva Harlan 1938
No Score Yet Manhattan Merry-Go-Round Ann Rogers 1937
No Score Yet Thanks a Million Sally Mason 1935
No Score Yet Dr. Socrates Josephine 1935
No Score Yet Bright Lights Fay Wilson 1935
No Score Yet G-Men Jean Morgan 1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Clouds Judy Wagner 1934
No Score Yet Housewife Nan Reynolds 1934
No Score Yet Midnight Alibi Joan Morley 1934
No Score Yet Heat Lightning Myra 1934
No Score Yet Massacre Lydia 1934
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach ) Claire Gore 1933
No Score Yet Three on a Match Vivian Revere 1932
No Score Yet Crooner Judith 'Judy' Mason 1932
100% Scarface Cesca Camonte 1932
No Score Yet The Crowd Roars Lee Merrick 1932
No Score Yet The Crowd Roars Actor 1932
No Score Yet Love Is A Racket Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Strange Love of Molly Louvain Madeleine Maude 'Molly' Louvain 1932
No Score Yet The Guardsman a Fan 1931
No Score Yet Stranger in Town Marian Crickle 1931
No Score Yet This Modern Age Bit Part 1931
No Score Yet Free and Easy (Easy Go) Bit Part 1930
No Score Yet Lord Byron Of Broadway Chorus girl 1930
40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Chorus girl 1929

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