Anne Revere

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Anne Revere
Anne Revere in Gentleman's Agreement trailer cropped.jpg
from the trailer for Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Born(1903-06-25)June 25, 1903
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 18, 1990(1990-12-18) (aged 87)
Locust Valley, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1931–75
Spouse(s)Samuel Rosen (1935–84)
 
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Anne Revere
Anne Revere in Gentleman's Agreement trailer cropped.jpg
from the trailer for Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Born(1903-06-25)June 25, 1903
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 18, 1990(1990-12-18) (aged 87)
Locust Valley, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1931–75
Spouse(s)Samuel Rosen (1935–84)

Anne Revere (June 25, 1903 – December 18, 1990) was an American stage, film, and television actress.

Early life[edit]

Born in New York City, Revere was a direct descendant of Boston silversmith and American Revolution hero Paul Revere.[1] Her father, Clinton, was a stockbroker,[2] and she was raised on the Upper West Side and in Westfield, New Jersey. In 1926, she graduated from Wellesley College, then enrolled at the American Laboratory School to study acting with Maria Ouspenskaya and Richard Boleslavsky.[3]

Career[edit]

Revere made her Broadway debut in 1931 in The Great Barrington. Three years later, she went to Hollywood to reprise her stage role in the film adaptation of Double Door. She returned to Broadway to create the role of Martha Dobie in the original 1934 production of The Children's Hour, and in later years she appeared on the New York stage in As You Like It, The Three Sisters, and Toys in the Attic (play), for which she won the 1960 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.

Revere worked steadily as a character actress in films, appearing in nearly three dozen between 1934 and 1951.[3] She frequently was cast in the role of a matriarch and played mother to Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, John Garfield, and Montgomery Clift, among others. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress three times and won for her performance in National Velvet. Additional screen credits included The Song of Bernadette, Gentleman's Agreement, The Keys of the Kingdom, Body and Soul, and A Place in the Sun.

In 1951, Revere resigned from the board of the Screen Actors Guild after she pleaded the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify[citation needed] before the House Un-American Activities Committee. She would not appear again on film for the next twenty years,[3] finally returning to the screen in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. She began appearing on television in 1960, notably in soap operas such as The Edge of Night, Search for Tomorrow, and Ryan's Hope.

Revere and her husband, theatre director Samuel Rosen, moved to New York and opened an acting school, and she continued to work in summer stock and regional theater productions and on television.

Illness and death[edit]

Revere died of pneumonia in her Locust Valley, New York, home at the age of 87.[4]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1934Double DoorCaroline Van Brett
1940The Howards of VirginiaMrs. Betsy Norton
One Crowded NightMae Andrews
1941Remember the DayMiss Nadine Price
The Flame of New OrleansGiraud's Sister
Men of Boys TownMrs. Fenely
The Devil CommandsMrs. Walters
1942The Gay SistersMiss Ida Orner
Are Husbands Necessary?Anna
Meet the StewartsGeraldine Stewart
1943The Song of BernadetteLouise SoubirousNominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Old AcquaintanceBelle Carter
ShantytownMrs. Gorty
The Meanest Man in the WorldKitty Crockett, Clark's Secretary
1944The Keys of the KingdomAgnes Fiske
National VelvetMrs. BrownAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Sunday Dinner for a SoldierAgatha Butterfield
Rainbow IslandQueen Okalana
Standing Room OnlyMajor Harriet Cromwell
The Thin Man Goes HomeCrazy Mary
1945Fallen AngelClara Mills
Don Juan QuilliganMrs. Cora Rostigaff
1946DragonwyckAbigail Wells
1947Gentleman's AgreementMrs. GreenNominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Forever AmberMother Red Cap
Body and SoulAnna Davis
Carnival in Costa RicaMama Elsa Molina
The Shocking Miss PilgrimAlice Pritchard
1948Deep WatersMary McKay
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!Judith Dominy
Secret Beyond the DoorCaroline Lamphere
1949You're My EverythingAunt Jane
1951A Place in the SunHannah Eastman
The Great Missouri RaidMrs. Samuels
1970Macho CallahanCrystal
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie MoonMiss Farber
1976Birch IntervalMrs. Tanner

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robertson, Patrick, The Guinness Book of Almost Everything You Didn't Need to Know About the Movies. Guinness Superlatives Ltd. 1986. ISBN 0-85112-481-X, p. 34
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1990/12/19/obituaries/anne-revere-87-actress-dies-was-movie-mother-of-many-stars.html
  3. ^ a b c New York Times obituary, December 19, 1990
  4. ^ Obituary Variety, December 24, 1990.

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