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Also Known As: Anita Pomares Died: September 6, 2008
Born: August 4, 1910 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Flushing, New York Profession: actress

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This lovely blonde was an MGM starlet during the cross-over period between silents and talkies, and turned in a number of dynamic performances. The Queens-born Page was signed by MGM fresh from high school and co-starred with several of their top leading men: Ramon Novarro ("The Flying Fleet" 1929); Lon Chaney ("While the City Sleeps" 1928); William Haines ("Telling the World" 1928; "Navy Blues" and "Speedway", both 1929); and Buster Keaton ("Free and Easy" 1930; "Sidewalks of New York" 1931). She made her first big impression as an amoral flapper in "Our Dancing Daughters" (1928), all but stealing the film from Joan Crawford; Page also appeared with Crawford in the two sequels, "Our Modern Maidens" (1929) and "Our Blushing Brides" (1930). Page shone in the all-talkie "Broadway Melody" (1929) and went on to make another dozen or so films in the early 1930s. The highlights were "War Nurse" (as an innocent on the front lines, 1930), "Night Court" (with Phillips Holmes, 1932), "The Easiest Way" (as Clark Gable's wife, 1931) and "Are You Listening?" (her last with Haines, 1932). She was also thrown into low-budget programmers such as "Gentleman's Fate" (1931, with the disgraced John Gilbert), and the...

This lovely blonde was an MGM starlet during the cross-over period between silents and talkies, and turned in a number of dynamic performances. The Queens-born Page was signed by MGM fresh from high school and co-starred with several of their top leading men: Ramon Novarro ("The Flying Fleet" 1929); Lon Chaney ("While the City Sleeps" 1928); William Haines ("Telling the World" 1928; "Navy Blues" and "Speedway", both 1929); and Buster Keaton ("Free and Easy" 1930; "Sidewalks of New York" 1931). She made her first big impression as an amoral flapper in "Our Dancing Daughters" (1928), all but stealing the film from Joan Crawford; Page also appeared with Crawford in the two sequels, "Our Modern Maidens" (1929) and "Our Blushing Brides" (1930). Page shone in the all-talkie "Broadway Melody" (1929) and went on to make another dozen or so films in the early 1930s. The highlights were "War Nurse" (as an innocent on the front lines, 1930), "Night Court" (with Phillips Holmes, 1932), "The Easiest Way" (as Clark Gable's wife, 1931) and "Are You Listening?" (her last with Haines, 1932). She was also thrown into low-budget programmers such as "Gentleman's Fate" (1931, with the disgraced John Gilbert), and the Marie Dressler/Polly Moran comedies "Reducing" (1931) and "Prosperity" (1932). But a clash with a studio PR man and a greedy agent put Page on the outs with MGM, and she wound up in B films and on loan-out till her retirement in the mid-1930s. Briefly wed to songwriter Nacio Herb Brown (who dedicated "You Were Meant for Me" to her), she later married US Navy Admiral Herschell House, traveling the world and eventually settling down in California. Finding herself famous again in the 90s due to videotapes and film festivals, Page began giving interviews and making public appearances after 60 years of Garboesque retirement. Disappointed at narrowly losing a role to Katharine Hepburn in the remake of "Love Affair" (1994), Page made her first appearance before the cameras in 60 years, a cameo in the straight-to-video horror comedy "Sunset After Dark" (1995).

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Witchcraft XI (2000) Sister Seraphina
2.
 The Runaway (1962)
3.
 Hitch Hike to Heaven (1936) Claudia Revelle
4.
 The Big Cage (1933) Lillian Langley
5.
 Soldiers of the Storm (1933) Natalie Adams
6.
 Jungle Bride (1933) Doris Evans
7.
 I Have Lived (1933) Jean St. Clair, later known as Esther Rivers
8.
 Are You Listening? (1932) Sally [O'Neil]
9.
 Prosperity (1932) Helen [Praskins Warren]
10.
 Night Court (1932) Mary Thomas
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Milestones close milestones

1925:
Film debut as extra, "A Kiss for Cinderella"
1926:
Had a small role in "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em"
1927:
Signed with MGM Studios
1928:
First MGM film, "Telling the World"
1928:
First film with Joan Crawford, "Our Dancing Daughters"
1929:
Cast opposite Ramon Novarro in "The Flying Fleet"
1929:
First talkie, "Broadway Melody" (the first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture)
1929:
Second collaboration with Crawford, "Our Modern Maidens"
1930:
Final film starring opposite Joan Crawford, "Our Blushing Brides"
1930:
First teamed with Buster Keaton in "Free and Easy"
1931:
Portrayed Clark Gable's first on screen love interest in "The Easiest Way"
1931:
Second collaboration with Keaton, "Sidewalks of New York"
1932:
Offered one of her finest roles was as the prostitute, Jenny LeGrand, in the pre-Code movie, "Skyscraper Souls"
1933:
Announced her retirement from acting at age 26
1936:
Made final film (in the UK), "Hitchhike to Heaven"
1995:
Returned to the screen after sixty years retirement with a cameo in the straight-to-video "Sunset After Dark"
2000:
Appeared in the horror feature, "Witchcraft XI: Sister's in Blood"
2004:
Played a socialite in "Bob's Night Out" (filmed in 1997)
2008:
Final film appearance, "Frankenstein Rising"
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Education

Washington Irving High School: New York , New York -

Notes

On filming early talkies: "It was very hot. They had to use a lot of things like cheesecloth on the set because of the sound. One day I was sitting down in this scene, and everytime we'd start, there would be this rat-tat-tat. We'd look all over the set wondering what on earth it was--and it was me filing my nails! Once we heard a rustle and they found it was my petticoat--I had to take it off. And of course, you couldn't have your mood music while you were working. I loved working with the music. There were a lot of things we had to worry about in talkies. If someone opened a door, it stopped the whole scene." --Anita Page, quoted in Classic Images, February 1993.

On the end of her career: "I was getting so much publicity, my agent did a very dreadful thing: he said, 'you've got to demand more money.' He didn't ask for better PARTS, darn it! ... We won our point, they paid the money, but we didn't get that I would get starring roles, and that was the most important thing ... They'd never loaned me out before, but now they gave me to Universal, put my name as number two, and people began to wonder. There was nothing I could do. They finally wound up giving me a part in a Chesterfield film. And I had been the belle of the ball for a year or more. I was getting the second highest fan mail on the lot, after Greta Garbo. The whole thing was my agent, who wanted the extra money. If only he'd left me alone. That's what happened to me." --Anita Page, quoted in Classic Images, February 1993.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Nacio Herb Brown. Composer. Married 1934; annulled.
husband:
Herschell House. US Navy Admiral. Married from 1937 until his death in 1992.

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Linda House.
daughter:
Sandra House.

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