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|Also Known As:||Ann Mckim||Died:||December 10, 1979|
|Born:||August 2, 1912||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor chorus girl dance instructor|
M_Louvain ( 2006-10-16 )
Source: "Killer Tomatoes" Wagner, L. & Hagen, R., McFarlane, 2004 www.anndvorak.com
Ann Dvorak was born in New York on August 2, 1912 to Edwin McKim, a director for Lubin Studios, and Anna Lehr, a silent film actress. The couple split when Dvorak was a child, and she and her mother eventually moved to Hollywood. Dvorak made her film debut as Baby Anna Lehr in the 1916 drama "Ramona." Two more silent films would follow, then she briefly retired from show business to concentrate on her studies at both a Los Angeles girls' school. After a quick stint as a cub reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Dvorak was signed to MGM and appeared in nearly 20 features for the studio as an extra or chorus girl. In 1931 Howard Hughes cast the 19 year old Dvorak as Cesca, a pivotal role in his gruesome 1932 masterpiece "Scarface," directed by Howard Hawks. Warner Bros soon began borrowing her, eventually purchasing her Caddo Company contract for $40,000. After a few short years in the movies, Warner Bros seemed to be grooming the young actress for stardom. In 1932 Dvorak was appearing on film with greats like James Cagney and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and was given a meaty role in the pre-code classic, "Three on a Match," with Bette Davis and Joan Blondell. While filming "The Strange Love of Molly Louvain," Dvorak met actor Leslie Fenton. The two soon eloped and in July of 1932 the couple sailed to Europe for a year-long honeymoon. Dvorak's relationship with Warner Bros. suffered and the remainder of her contract was spent either as leading ladies in lackluster films, or in litigation, objecting to these types of roles. After many public battles with the studio, Ann left Warner's in 1936 with her damaged reputation, and began to freelance for various studios. In 1940, Ann temporarily put her career on hold to support her husband who was a British citizen and a member of the Royal Navy. Although she did make three films in England during this time, Ann devoted most of her energy to the war-effort as a member of the Women's Land Army, an ambulance driver, a newspaper columnist and a BBC broadcaster. Returning to Hollywood in 1943, Dvorak soon filed for divorce, referring to the broken marriage as a "war casualty." She continued to make films throughout the 1940s and into the early 1950s and appeared on Broadway in The Respectful Prostitute in 1948. She also tried her hand at marriage for a second time. Dvorak ended this union with Russian dancer Igor Dega in 1951, the same year she retired from the screen. Dvorak was married for a third time in 1951 to architect/television producer Nicholas Wade. The couple resided in both Hawaii and California, traveled and amassed an impressive collection of rare books. Wade passed in 1975, and Ann remained in Honolulu until her own death on December 10, 1979. Her ashes were scattered off the coast of Waikiki Beach.
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