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Anne Brown (I) (1912–2009)

Anne Brown was born on August 9, 1912 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Anne Wiggins Brown. She was an actress, known for Starlit Days at the Lido (1935), Rhapsody in Blue (1945) and Babes in Toyland (1934). She was married to Thorleif Schjelderup, Florid Howard and Dr. Jacob Petit. She died on March 13, 2009 in Oslo, Norway. See full bio »


(age 96) in Oslo, Norway

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 1934 Babes in Toyland
Sally Waters (uncredited)
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 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (performer: "Summertime", "Blue Monday Blues" - uncredited)
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 2004 Broadway: The American Musical (TV Series documentary)
- I Got Plenty o' Nuttin': 1929-1942 (2004) ... Herself
 2000 Great Performances (TV Series)
 1987 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- George Gershwin Remembered (1987) ... Herself
 1935 Starlit Days at the Lido (Short)
Herself (as Ann Brown)
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 1998-2003 Great Performances (TV Series)
Herself / Bess
- The Great American Songbook (2003) ... Herself

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Sang the title role of Bess when 'Porgy and Bess' premiered at the Alvin Theatre in New York on October 10, 1935. See more »

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1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »

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Ann Brown

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If I had been born even 20 years later, I might have sung at the Metropolitan Opera. I might have marched for civil rights. I would have been here for life would have been very different. Of course, I would not have met Mr. Gershwin, and that would have been a shame.


Brown starred in the original production of the folk opera "Porgy and Bess". Gershwin was so impressed with her performance that he changed the original name of the production from "Porgy" to "Porgy and Bess" so Brown would receive equal billing with baritone Todd Duncan. Gershwin even added a reprise of "Summertime" to the opera for Bess to sing (the song is first sung by Clara, wife of the ... See more »

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