Geraldine Page

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Geraldine Page
George C. Scott - Geraldine Page - 1959.JPG
George C. Scott and Page in 1959
Born(1924-11-22)November 22, 1924
Kirksville, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJune 13, 1987(1987-06-13) (aged 62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart attack
OccupationActress
Years active1952–1987
Spouse(s)Alexander Schneider (1954–1957; divorced)
Rip Torn (1963–1987; her death)
ChildrenAngelica Page
Tony Torn
Jon Torn
 
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Geraldine Page
George C. Scott - Geraldine Page - 1959.JPG
George C. Scott and Page in 1959
Born(1924-11-22)November 22, 1924
Kirksville, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJune 13, 1987(1987-06-13) (aged 62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart attack
OccupationActress
Years active1952–1987
Spouse(s)Alexander Schneider (1954–1957; divorced)
Rip Torn (1963–1987; her death)
ChildrenAngelica Page
Tony Torn
Jon Torn

Geraldine Sue Page (November 22, 1924 – June 13, 1987) was an American actress best known for her work in the American theater. She was nominated for an Academy Award eight times before winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

Early life and education[edit]

Page was born in Kirksville, Missouri, where her father, Leon Page, worked at Andrew Taylor Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery (combined with the American School of Osteopathy, eventually to form A.T. Still University). He was an author whose works included Practical Anatomy (1925), Osteopathic Fundamentals (1926), and The Old Doctor (1932). [1]

After graduating from Chicago's Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois, she attended the Goodman School of Drama (later renamed The Theatre School at DePaul University) in Chicago and later studied acting with Uta Hagen in New York City, New York.

Career[edit]

Stage[edit]

Page was a trained method actor and worked closely with Lee Strasberg. She began appearing in stock theatre at age 17.

Her appearance as Alma in the 1952 production of Summer and Smoke, written by Tennessee Williams and staged at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City's Greenwich Village, was legendary. Page's performance (as the minister's daughter consumed with infinite longing) in the production, directed by José Quintero, gave the play a new life, and, according to common wisdom,[who?] it was that production (for its daring, for its fervor, for its being "downtown" rather than in the artistically "safe" realm of Broadway) which gave birth to the Off-Broadway movement in New York City theatre.

Her work continued on Broadway as the spinster in the 1954–1955 production of The Rainmaker, written by N. Richard Nash; and as the frustrated wife whose husband becomes romantically obsessed with a young Arab, played by James Dean, in the 1954 production of The Immoralist, written by Augustus Goetz and Ruth Goetz and based on the novel of the same name (1902) by André Gide.

She earned critical accolades for her performance in the 1959 production of Williams's Sweet Bird of Youth opposite Paul Newman. She originated the role of a larger-than-life, addicted, sexually voracious Hollywood legend trying to extinguish her fears about her career with a young hustler named Chance Wayne, played by Newman. For her performance, Page received her first nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, as well as the Sarah Siddons Award for her performance in Chicago.[2] She and Newman later starred in the film adaptation of the same name (1962) and Page earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film.

In 1964, she starred in a Broadway revival of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters playing eldest sister Olga to Kim Stanley's Masha with Shelley Winters as the interloper Natasha. Both Shirley Knight and Sandy Dennis played the youngest sister Irina at different stages in this production. It was directed by Lee Strasberg (and a version of it was preserved on film).

In 1967, Page starred in Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy/White Lies, a production which also included Michael Crawford and Lynn Redgrave who were making their Broadway debuts.

Page received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play (her second Tony Award nomination) for the 1975 production of Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular with Sandy Dennis and Richard Kiley.

Page also starred as Zelda Fitzgerald in the last major Broadway production of a Williams play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, which did not succeed financially on Broadway in 1980.

In 1973, she played Mary Todd Lincoln opposite Maya Angelou in the Broadway production of the two-character play Look Away, written by Jerome Kilty.

Page starred as the secretive nun Mother Miriam Ruth in the Broadway production of Agnes of God, which opened in 1982 and ran for 599 performances with Page performing in nearly all of them; for her role, she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

After winning an Academy Award in 1986, Page returned to Broadway in a revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit in the role of the psychic medium Madame Arcati. The production, which also starred Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner and Judith Ivey, was Page's last. Page was again nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She did not win, and several days after the awards ceremony, she died. The show lasted several weeks more, with co-star actress Patricia Conolly taking over Page's role.

Film[edit]

Her film debut was in Out of the Night (1947). Her role in Hondo, opposite John Wayne, garnered her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In all, despite her relatively small filmography, Page received eight Academy Award nominations. She finally won the Oscar in 1986 for her performance in The Trip to Bountiful, which was based on a play by Horton Foote. When she won (F. Murray Abraham, upon opening the envelope, exclaimed, "I consider this woman the greatest actress in the English language"), she received a standing ovation from the audience. She was surprised by her win (she openly talked about being a seven-time Oscar loser), and took a while to get to the stage to accept the award because she had taken off her shoes while sitting in the audience. She had not expected to win, and her feet were sore.[citation needed]

Her other notable screen roles included Academy Award-nominated performances in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, Sweet Bird of Youth, You're a Big Boy Now, Pete 'n' Tillie, Woody Allen's Interiors and The Pope of Greenwich Village.

She also appeared in such roles as a psychotic serial killer in What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?; a repressed schoolmistress in the Clint Eastwood film The Beguiled; a charismatic evangelist (modeled after Aimee Semple McPherson) in The Day of the Locust; a nun, Sister Walburga, in Nasty Habits; and as 'Aunt' Beverly in Harry's War.

Her final film was the 1987 Mary Stuart Masterson film My Little Girl, which featured the film debut of Jennifer Lopez.

She also was a voice actress and voiced the villainous Madame Medusa in the Disney animated film The Rescuers.

Television[edit]

She performed in various television shows in the 1950s through the 1980s, including movies and series, such as Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, and several episodes of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, including "The Sins of the Fathers" and "Something in the Woodwork".

In 1959, Page was a Best Single Performance by an Actress Emmy nominee for her role on an episode of Playhouse 90. Page later received two Emmy Awards for her work in adaptations of Truman Capote stories. In 1967, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama for her performance in A Christmas Memory on ABC Stage 67. In 1969, she received an Emmy for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in The Thanksgiving Visitor.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Page was married to violinist Alexander Schneider from 1954 to 1957. In 1963, she married actor Rip Torn, who was seven years her junior. They remained married until her death. Page and Torn had three children, a daughter (actress Angelica Page) and twin sons, actor Tony Torn, and Northern Arizona University professor Jon Torn.

Death[edit]

Page, who suffered from kidney disease, died of a heart attack in 1987 during a run on Broadway in Sir Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Neil Simon Theatre. She did not arrive for either of the show's two June 13 performances; at the end of the evening performance, the play's producer announced that she had died at the age of 62.[5]

Five days after her death, "an overflow crowd of colleagues, friends and fans," including Sissy Spacek, James Earl Jones, Amanda Plummer and husband Rip Torn filled the Neil Simon Theatre to pay tribute.[6] Her achievements as a stage actress and teacher were highlighted; actress Anne Jackson stated at the tribute that "[Page] used a stage like no one else I'd ever seen. It was like playing tennis with someone who had 26 arms."[6] Torn called her "Mi corazon, mi alma, mi esposa" ("My heart, my soul, my wife") and said they, "Never stopped being lovers, and ... never will." [6] Page was cremated.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1953TaxiFlorence Albertuncredited
HondoAngie LoweNominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1961Summer and SmokeAlma WinemillerGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
1962Sweet Bird of YouthAlexandra Del LagoDavid di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
1963Toys in the AtticCarrie BerniersNominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1964Dear HeartMs. Evie Jackson
1966The Three SistersOlga
You're a Big Boy NowMargery ChanticleerNominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – Golden Laurel Award for Female Supporting Performance
1967Monday's ChildCarol Richardson
The Happiest MillionaireMrs. Duke
1969What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?Claire Marrable
TrilogySookNational Board of Review Award for Best Actress
1971The BeguiledMartha Farnsworth
1972J. W. CoopMama
Pete 'n' TillieGertrudeNominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1973Happy as the Grass Was GreenAnna Witmer
1975The Day of the LocustBig Sister
1977Nasty HabitsSister Walburga
The RescuersMadame Medusavoice
Something for JoeyAnne Cappelletti
1978InteriorsEveBAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1981Harry's War'Aunt' Beverly
Honky Tonk FreewaySister Maria Clarissa
1982I'm Dancing as Fast as I CanJean Scott Martin
1982The Blue and the GrayMrs. Lovelace
1984The Pope of Greenwich VillageMrs. RitterNominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1985The BrideMrs. Baumann
Walls of GlassMama
White NightsAnne Wyatt
The Trip to BountifulMrs. Carrie WattsAcademy Award for Best Actress
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1986Native SonPeggy
1987Riders to the Sea
My Little GirlMolly

Select Theatre Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walter, Georgia (1992). The First School of Osteopathic Medicine. Kirksville, Missouri: Thomas Jefferson University Press. p. 117.
  2. ^ Awardees Society Web site. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  3. ^ Baker, Bob (June 14, 1987). "Geraldine Page, Winner of Oscar, 2 Emmys, Dies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  4. ^ Database (undated). "Geraldine Page: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  5. ^ Kolbert, Elizabeth (June 15, 1987). "Geraldine Page, 62, Dies; A Star of Stage and Film". The New York Times. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Gerard, Jeremy (June 18, 1987). "Tribute to Geraldine Page Fills Neil Simon Theater". The New York Times.

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