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Anne Shirley (1918–1993)

They didn't come packaged any sweeter and lovelier than Anne Shirley, a gentle and gracious 1930s teen film actress who didn't quite reach the zenith of front-rank stardom and retired all too soon at age 26. On film as a toddler, she went through a small revolving door of marquee names before legally settling (at age 16) on the name Anne Shirley, ... See full bio »

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Murder, My Sweet
Murder, My Sweet Ann Grayle
Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas Laurel Dallas
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables Anne Shirley
A Man to Remember
A Man to Remember Jean Johnson


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 1944 Man from Frisco
Diana Kennedy
 1943 Government Girl
May Harness Blake
 1943 Bombardier
Burton Hughes
 1943 The Powers Girl
Ellen Evans
 1943 Lady Bodyguard
A.C. Baker
 1942 The Mayor of 44th Street
Jessey Lee
 1942 Four Jacks and a Jill
Karanina 'Nina' Novak
 1941 Unexpected Uncle
Kathleen Brown
 1941 West Point Widow
Nancy Hull
 1940 Vigil in the Night
Lucy Lee
 1939 Career
Sylvia Bartholomew
 1939 Boy Slaves
 1938 The World Is Ours (Short)
The Daughter
 1938 Girls' School
Natalie Freeman
 1938 Mother Carey's Chickens
Nancy Carey
 1938 Law of the Underworld
Annabelle Porter
 1938 Condemned Women
Millie Anson
 1937 Stella Dallas
Laurel Dallas
 1937 Too Many Wives
Betty Jackson
 1936 Make Way for a Lady
June Drew
 1936 So and Sew (Short) (uncredited)
 1936 M'Liss
M'liss Smith
 1935 Steamboat Round the Bend
Fleety Belle
 1935 A Night at the Biltmore Bowl (Short)
Anne Shirley
 1935 Chasing Yesterday
Jeanne Alexandre
 1934 Bachelor Bait
Miriam Ann Johnson, Marriage License Applicant (uncredited)
 1934 The Key
Flower Girl (as Dawn O'Day)
 1934 Finishing School
Billie (as Dawn O'Day)
 1934 School for Girls
Catherine Fogarty (as Dawn O'Day)
 1934 This Side of Heaven
Flower Girl (scenes deleted, as Dawn O'Day)
 1933 The Life of Jimmy Dolan
Mary Lou (uncredited)
 1932 The Purchase Price
Sarah Tipton - the Daughter (uncredited)
 1932 So Big!
Selina Peake, as a Child (uncredited)
 1932 Young America
Mabel Saunders (as Dawn O'Day)
 1932 Emma
Isabelle as a Child (uncredited)
 1931 Rich Man's Folly
Anne, as a child (as Dawn O'Day)
 1931 Howdy Mate (Short) (as Dawn O'Day)
 1931 Hello Napoleon (Short)
The Little Girl (as Dawn O'Day)
 1931 Gun Smoke
Horton's Daughter (as Dawn O'Day)
 1930 Liliom
Louise (as Dawn O'Day)
 1930 City Girl
Marie Tustine (as Dawn O'Day)
 1928 Sins of the Fathers
Mary, as a child (as Dawn O'Day)
 1928 4 Devils
Marion - as a Girl (as Dawn O'Day)
 1928 Mother Knows Best
Sally, as a child (as Dawn O'Day)
 1927 Night Life
Daughter of War Profiteer (as Dawn O'Day)
 1925 His Wooden Wedding (Short)
Little Girl Train-Bearer (uncredited)
 1925 Alice's Egg Plant (Short)
Alice (as Dawn O'Day)
 1924 The Fast Set
Little Margaret (as Dawn O'Day)
 1924 The Man Who Fights Alone
Dorothy (as Dawn O'Day)
 1924 The Rich Pup (Short) (as Baby Dawn O'Day)
 1923 The Spanish Dancer
Don Balthazar Carlos (as Dawn O'Day)
 1923 The Rustle of Silk
Girl (as Dawn O'Day)
 1922 Moonshine Valley
Nancy (as Dawn O'Day)
 1922 The Hidden Woman
Girl (as Dawn O'Day)
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Magazine ad for Max Factor Tru-COlor Lipstick (1943)

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Alternate Names:

Baby Dawn O'Day | Dawn O'Day


5' 2" (1.57 m)

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By the time I was 18, I had discovered that I didn't want to be an actress forever. I've always been basically a shy person and it was hard being 'on' all the time. So, finally, I just walked away. I've never regretted that decision. See more »


She and third husband Charles Lederer had their 1949 wedding at the New York home of Random House publisher Bennett Cerf. The couple maintained homes in Bel Air and Malibu for quite a long time. They maintained homes in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. After Charles' death, Anne had a home in West Hollywood. Their home in Beverly HIlls was across the street from Lana Turner's home, where Johnny ... See more »

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