Sunday, 7 September 2008

Anita Page Dies Aged 98



This article is quoted from the BBC report

Veteran actress Anita Page, whose career dated back to the silent movie era, has died aged 98 in Los Angeles.

Page counted Buster Keaton, Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford among her co-stars during an 84-year career which saw her start out as an extra in 1924.

Her big break came in 1928 when she starred alongside Crawford in Our Dancing Daughters.

Anita Page, Joan Crawford, and Dorothy Sebastian in a publicity photo from "Our Dancing Daughters" (1928)

More recently, she had completed a cameo role in forthcoming horror movie Frankenstein Rising.

Page died in her sleep at home on Saturday morning, friend Randal Malone told the Associated Press news agency.

Her daughter, Linda Sterne, said her mother had been good friends with Marion Davies and Jean Harlow, and for a period in the 1930s had lived as a guest in a California castle owned by newspaper magnate William Hearst.

"She was the best mother I could have," Sterne said. "She was wonderful."

With Lon Chaney in While The City Sleeps

Page starred alongside Chaney in 1928's While The City Sleeps, while the following years she co-starred in musical The Broadway Melody, the first talkie to win a best picture Oscar.

With her friend Bessie Love in The Broadway Melody

Her other work included two of Keaton's sound films: Free and Easy in 1930, and the following year's Sidewalks of New York.

With Buster Keaton

She also starred alongside Walter Huston in 1932's Night Court, and The Easiest Way, in which Clark Gable had a small role.

With a young Gable in The Easiest Way

But Page stopped acting when she fell in love with US Navy aviator Herschel House. The couple married in 1936, six weeks after they met, and she settled down to life as an officer's wife, hosting many parties at their home in San Diego Bay.

After House died in 1991, Page returned to acting, starring in suspense thriller Sunset After Dark in 1994.


















Anita Page photographed by George Hurrell

1 comment:

Orlando said...

What a beautiful post!! Rest in peace Anita.