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Overview (5)

Born in Flushing, New York, USA
Died in Van Nuys, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameAnita Evelyn Pomares
Nickname The Girl With the Most Beautiful Face in Hollywood
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Beautiful Anita Page was one of the most famous and popular leading ladies during the last years of the silent screen and the first years of the talkie era. She was best known for starring in The Broadway Melody (1929), the first sound film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Her leading men included the likes of John Gilbert, Clark Gable, Buster Keaton and Robert Montgomery.

Only in her late teens when stardom beckoned, Anita had a huge following that earned her record amounts of fan mail, but she was seldom given lead roles, most often playing second lead, perhaps due to her youthful inexperience as an actress. She was a charming, much-loved screen personality but by 1932 MGM seemed to lose interest in her career despite impressive work in such films as Night Court (1932) and Skyscraper Souls (1932), and before the year was out her contract was not renewed; she slipped off into "B" stardom in films at Columbia, Universal and even more minor studios. She retired from the screen in 1936, making a return 25 years later in The Runaway (1961) with Cesar Romero, and she lived quietly out of the limelight for over a half century. In the 1990s the now widowed star was rediscovered by the media, which enjoyed her light-humored journeys down memory lane about her career, MGM, the silent and early talkie eras and the stars she knew, earning the actress a devoted cult of young fans and a few brief appearances in ultra-low-budget films of the 1990s.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: HarlowMGM (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Family (2)

Spouse Herschel House (9 January 1937 - 31 December 1991)  (his death)  (2 children)
Nacio Herb Brown (26 July 1934 - 5 April 1935)  (annulled)
Parents John Pomares
Maude Evelyn Pomares

Trivia (32)

Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award (1997).
In 1929, she received over 10,000 fan letters a week, second only to Greta Garbo. Over 100 of these were from an ardent Italian admirer, who wrote obsessively about her every move and asked for her hand in marriage several times--Benito Mussolini.
Received a standing ovation before a full house while attending a screening of 1929 Best Picture Oscar winner The Broadway Melody (1929) on May 13, 2002, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 75th anniversary.
Vivid, petite blonde silent screen star best known for her lively flappers and ambitious starlets.
She was paired up with Joan Crawford in three popular films: Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Our Modern Maidens (1929) and Our Blushing Brides (1930). She also appeared opposite Buster Keaton in two of his lesser-known talkies: Free and Easy (1930) and Sidewalks of New York (1931).
Retired for 60 years before coming back to films at age 85.
Fell in love with Coronado, California, and lived there for more than 40 years with her husband. She first was attracted to the city in 1929 when she was filming The Flying Fleet (1929) at the Hotel del Coronado. She subsequently moved to the Los Angeles area.
Ramon Novarro was her favorite co-star because he was so nice to her.
Marion Davies was one of her best friends. She stayed with her for five months after her first marriage broke up.
Eloped with her first husband to Tijuana. They never lived together (Page said they needed to be married in the Catholic Church before she would live with him and this never happened). After nine months of marriage, she found out he was still married to his previous wife when he married Page, so she had their marriage annulled.
She played Clark Gable's first on-screen love interest in The Easiest Way (1931).
Her escort to her 21st birthday party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was Robert Young.
She enjoyed watching her old movies.
Her late daughter Sandra was an artist for Walt Disney. Her daughter Linda is an artist in her own right who lives in San Diego. She made the trek from San Diego to L.A. every week to visit her mother during Anita's last years.
Her mother, Helen "Maude", was her secretary. Her father, John, was her chauffeur. Her brother, Marino, was her gym instructor.
Still wore the dresses she wore in the 1920s.
In an interview in 2004, she revealed that her early retirement had been due to her refusal to give in to Irving Thalberg's (he was married to Norma Shearer at the time) and Louis B. Mayer's sexual advances.
She had two daughters, Linda and Sandra House. Sandra predeceased her.
After 60 years of retirement, she returned to acting in such films as Witchcraft XI: Sisters in Blood (2000) and The Crawling Brain (2002).
Was the last living attendee of the very first Academy Awards (1929).
Her father had an electrical contracting business in Murray Hill, Flushing, New York City. He helped Anita get into pictures because he had done some lighting work for a studio in Astoria and knew somebody who promised to do what he could for Anita. The first screen name she used briefly was Anita Rivers.
She was friends with and worked for producer/director Thomas R. Bond II in Bob's Night Out (2004), one of the last films in which she appeared. Bond said that directing her was, and always will be, the highlight of his directing career.
Outré film actor Randal Malone brought her out of a 60-year retirement while becoming her good friend and caretaker in her final years.
Was sought by Lon Chaney for his co-star in While the City Sleeps (1928) , after seeing her in Our Dancing Daughters (1928) and being impressed with the way she acted with her eyes.
William Haines proposed to her while they were working together on Are You Listening? (1932). Haines, a homosexual, was under pressure from studio chief Louis B. Mayer to marry and Page, who considered him to be more of an older brother figure, gave his proposition serious consideration before declining. They remained friends.
She was of Irish and Salvadoran extraction. Her father was Marino Pomares, an electrical engineer, whose father was a consul from El Salvador. Her mother was Helen "Maude" Mullane.
After graduating from Washington Irving High School in New York, she began her show business career as an extra at Paramount's Astoria studios.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6116 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
Upon her death, her remains were interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego, California.
She was a lifelong Democrat.
She was the most popular actress of 1930.
WAMPAS Baby Star of 1929.

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