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Also Known As: Shirley Ann Richards Died: August 24, 2006
Born: December 13, 1917 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, AU Profession: actor, lecturer, poet, painter

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This Australian-born actress appeared in six films in her native land before leaving for Hollywood with the outbreak of WWII. Ann Richards subsequently played a series of leads and second leads for MGM and Paramount in the 1940s in such films as King Vidor's "An American Romance" (1944), William Dieterle's "Love Letters" (1945) and Anatole Litvak's "Sorry, Wrong Number" (1948). She retired to raise a family, but returned to the public eye as poet ("The Grieving Senses", "Odyssey", the verse play "Helen of Troy"). Later, she took up oil painting and lectured on her travels throughout the Soviet Union, China and Tibet.

This Australian-born actress appeared in six films in her native land before leaving for Hollywood with the outbreak of WWII. Ann Richards subsequently played a series of leads and second leads for MGM and Paramount in the 1940s in such films as King Vidor's "An American Romance" (1944), William Dieterle's "Love Letters" (1945) and Anatole Litvak's "Sorry, Wrong Number" (1948). She retired to raise a family, but returned to the public eye as poet ("The Grieving Senses", "Odyssey", the verse play "Helen of Troy"). Later, she took up oil painting and lectured on her travels throughout the Soviet Union, China and Tibet.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Flattered (1995)
2.
 Hideout in the Sun (1960) Ann
3.
 Breakdown (1952) June Hannum
4.
 Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Sally Hunt Lord
5.
 Lost Honeymoon (1947) Amy Atkins, also known as Tillie Grey
6.
 Love from a Stranger (1947) Mavis Wilson
7.
 Badman's Territory (1946) Henryetta Alcott
8.
 The Searching Wind (1946) Emily Hazen
9.
 Love Letters (1945) Dilly Carson
10.
 An American Romance (1944) Anna [O'Rourke Dangos]
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As a schoolgirl, was encouraged in her poetry writing by John Masefield, then poet laureate of England
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Discovered performing in little theater group by Ken Hall, producer and director for Cinesound Studios
1937:
Feature film debut in "It Isn't Done"
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Left Australia for Hollywood after outbreak of WWII
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Appeared in five MGM films, the last being King Vidor's "An American Romance" (1944)
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Acted in several films for Hal B. Wallis' production company at Paramount
1980:
Began prize-winning career as an oil painter
1982:
Researched, narrated, and co-produced (with first husband Edmond Angelo) "Ann Richards in the U.S.S.R.", filmed on a 50,000 mile tour
1984:
Appeared in Australian documentary "Don't Call Me Girlie"
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Notes

"Ann Richards has three alarm beauty and four alarm talent"--TIME Magazine

"Ann Richards is charming . . . and I mean charming"--Louella Parsons

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husband:
Edmond James Angelo. Deceased; father of Richards' children.
husband:
Paul Kramer. Photo-journalist. Married 1987.

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