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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:||Cast ... actress|
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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