Anne Shirley

Birthday: Apr 17, 1918
Birthplace: Not Available
Born Dawn Paris, this daughter of an ambitious stage mother was 14 months old when she made her first stage appearance; after some work as a child model, she was taken to Hollywood in the early '20s and began appearing onscreen in child roles (billed variously as Dawn O'Day, Lenn Fondre, and Lindley Dawn) in 1922. She appeared in many films, including early talkies, through her adolescence. Her career shifted gears in 1933; aged 15, she was given the lead role in Anne of Green Gables, and then assumed the character's name (Anne Shirley) as her screen-name. She played top roles in 37 more films through 1944, when she retired from acting. For her work in Stella Dallas (1937) she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. From 1937-42 she was married to actor John Payne; from 1945-48 she was married to producer Adrian Scott, one of the "Hollywood Ten" who were blacklisted for supposed Communist connections; and from 1949 until his death in 1976 she was married to screenwriter Charles Lederer.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet I.M. Pei: Building China Modern Executive Producer 2010
No Score Yet A Man to Remember Jean 1948
93% Murder, My Sweet Ann Grayle 1944
No Score Yet Bombardier Burton Hughes 1943
No Score Yet The Mayor of 44th Street Jessey Lee 1942
100% The Devil and Daniel Webster Mary Stone 1941
No Score Yet Four Jacks and a Jill Nine 1941
No Score Yet Anne of Windy Poplars Anne Shirley 1940
No Score Yet Vigil in the Night Lucy Lee 1940
No Score Yet Mother Carey's Chickens Nancy Carey 1938
No Score Yet Law of the Underworld Annabelle Porter 1938
86% Stella Dallas Laurel Dallas 1937
No Score Yet Steamboat Round The Bend Fleety Belle 1935
No Score Yet School for Girls Catherine Fogarty 1935
No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables Anne Shirley 1934
No Score Yet The Key Flower Girl 1934
No Score Yet Finishing School Billie 1934
No Score Yet Life of Jimmy Dolan Mary Lou 1933
60% Rasputin and the Empress Anastasia 1933
No Score Yet Three on a Match Vivian as a Child 1932
No Score Yet The Purchase Price A Farmer's Daughter 1932
No Score Yet So Big Selina Peake as a Girl 1932
No Score Yet Young America (We Humans) Mabel Saunders 1932
No Score Yet Emma Girl 1932
No Score Yet Liliom Louise 1930
80% City Girl Mary Tustine 1930
No Score Yet Riders of the Purple Sage Fay Larkin 1925
No Score Yet West Point Widow Actor


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