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Overview (5)

Born in Waco, Texas, USA
Died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (stroke following surgery)
Birth NameMarguerite Gwynne Trice
Nicknames The Queen of the Screamers
The Screamer
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Vivid, strikingly beautiful actress Anne Gwynne arrived in Hollywood a typical starry-eyed model looking to become a big film star and ended up one of Universal Studio's favorite screamers in "B" horror films. Born in Waco, Texas, but raised in Missouri, she first modeled Catalina swimwear and appeared in local community theater productions to gain experience. Universal Studios executives took one look at this gorgeous eyeful and immediately signed her up in 1939. Her first work was in westerns opposite the likes of Johnny Mack Brown, but she swiftly moved to chillers and at the mercy of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney Jr.. Though she seldom rose above the second-string ranks, she was quite popular with the servicemen as a WWII pin-up. As with many others before her, TV proved a welcome medium in the '50s; as her film career fell away, she appeared in guest spots and commercials. Widowed in 1965, her health began to deteriorate in the '90s and she was forced to move to the Motion Picture Country Home. Anne Gwynne had the looks and talent to be a top star, but not the luck. Nevertheless, she was a game player who screamed with the best of them. She passed away at age 84 following complications from a stroke.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Max M. Gilford (30 December 1945 - 3 May 1965) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (13)

Mother of Gwynne Gilford and Gregory Gilford.
Had appeared, with John Howard and Walter Sande, on the first filmed television series Public Prosecutor (1947).
Was one of the top five pin-ups in World War II, according to a February 15, 1943, Life magazine article. Others were Dorothy Lamour, Ann Sheridan, Maureen O'Hara and Alexis Smith.
Was the #1 pinup girl for two years in Yank magazine for World War II servicemen.
Was a former Miss San Antonio.
Grandmother of Katherine Pine and Chris Pine.
Mother-in-law of Robert Pine.
Interviewed in "It Came from Horrorwood: Interviews with Moviemakers in the SF and Horror Tradition" by Tom Weaver (McFarland, 1996).
Suffered her first stroke in the early 1990s.
She had English, French and Welsh ancestry.
Profiled in the book "Johnny Mack Brown's Saddle Gals" by Bobby Copeland.
She was a lifelong liberal Democrat.
Upon her death, she was cremated.

Personal Quotes (6)

[on King of the Bullwhip (1950) with Lash La Rue] I did it for the money . . . it wasn't much of a picture, certainly far below the quality I had experienced earlier.
[on working with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)] They were so fresh and delightful and funny. They weren't burned out and they LOVED doing what they were doing. Every time somebody laughed, they were in ecstasy . . . Even when I saw them in other pictures, they were delightful.
[about Sin Town (1942)] Marlene Dietrich was supposed to be in it but when she read the script she turned it down. She and Brod Crawford [Broderick Crawford] were having a fling at this time. She wanted to work with him but the character she played lost Brod to me until the final reel when he goes back to her and I land Patric Knowles. So, unfortunately, she didn't appear in it. Then Mae West was offered the role and she turned it down for the same reason. Constance Bennett, who was getting a little long in the tooth, didn't have any qualms and played it to the hilt.
[on Frontier Badmen (1943) and working with Noah Beery Jr.] Pidge, as his friends call him, is such a nice guy. The studio had originally planned for us to be a screen team. We'd already done two other films but this turned out to be our last one together. I did get him at the end of the film, while [Robert Paige] rode off into the sunset with Diana Barrymore, who in real life he couldn't stand. Diana was always drunk through this picture and the other one we did together, Ladies Courageous (1944).
[on director Ray Enright] . . . another of the good ole boys. He had just finished The Spoilers (1942) with John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich and we hoped this one [Sin Town (1942)] would do as well. Although it didn't, I thought it was a very good film and certainly one of my best.
[on Robert Paige] . . . bless him, [he] was always a dear friend of mine. We remained friends for the rest of his life. He was masculine, handsome, but . . . funny-looking in that big ten-gallon hat they gave him to wear [on Frontier Badmen (1943)]! What's more, he was afraid of horses! Unfortunately for Bob, Lon Chaney Jr. (one of my least favorite leading men) found out about it and the practical jokes really started. Lon could be quite cruel when it came to joking around. If he had real ammunition, he used it! Lon and Bob almost came to blows over Lon's picking.

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