Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Anita Page (1910-2008) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Anita Evelyn Pomares in Queens, New York, by the end of the silent era Anita Page was one of the most popular stars in the world. She made the transition to talkies—sort of: that Queens accent held her back from MGM's more prestigious pictures, and then a greedy agent helped sour the studio on her too. A chance meeting with the Bronson family in Queens earned her a bit in Paramount's A Kiss for Cinderella (1925) starring Betty Bronson. Anita did well enough to grab another bit and a spot in a short before heading out to California. While visiting Betty Bronson there, Anita learned that one of her photographs had sparked some interest and soon tested for both Paramount and MGM. She chose MGM, debuting for them in Telling the World (1928) starring William Haines and then striking gold in Our Dancing Daughters (1928) starring Joan Crawford, but making Anita Page a star. MGM used her twice more with Crawford in Our Modern Maidens (1929) and Our Blushing Brides (1930). Her first talkie cast her alongside Charles King and Bessie Love in the 1930 Academy Award-winning Best Picture The Broadway Melody (1929). She played in three films with Marie Dressler and Polly Moran and was Buster Keaton's co-star in Free and Easy (1930) and Sidewalks of New York (1931). The parts weren't as strong, but Page was still featured in plenty of entertaining titles, such as War Nurse (1930), The Easiest Way (1931), Gentleman's Fate (1931), Under Eighteen (1931), Are You Listening? (1932), Night Court (1932), and Skyscraper Souls (1933). Then it got worse with a few loan-outs and Poverty Row productions before Page retired in 1933, though she did pop up in another indie production in 1936. After having her first marriage annulled, Page married for a second time in 1937, this second union holding through her husband's death in 1991. After her retirement Page didn't appear on-screen again until The Runaway (1961), which never had a theatrical release. Beginning in 1996, she'd make the occasional appearance in low budget horror films with something called Frankenstein Rising (2010) her final, posthumous, release.
Birthday: August 4