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Anita Stewart in the late 1910s
Anna Marie Stewart
February 7, 1895
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 4, 1961 (aged 66)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
|Occupation||Actress, film producer|
(m. 1917; div. 1928)
George Peabody Converse
(m. 1929; died 1946)
Stewart was one of the earliest film actresses to achieve public recognition in the nascent medium of motion pictures and achieved a great deal of acclaim early in her acting career. Among her earlier popular roles were 1911's enormous box office hit adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, directed by William J.Humphrey, and having an all-star cast including Maurice Costello, Florence Turner, Norma Talmadge and John Bunny, as well as roles in 1913's The Forgotten Latchkey and The White Feather.
Marriage to CameronEdit
In 1917, she married Rudolph Cameron and became the sister-in-law of film director and actor Ralph Ince, who began giving the young actress more prominent roles in films for Vitagraph. Throughout the 1910s and into the early 1920s, Anita Stewart was one of the silent screen's most popular actresses and was often paired in romantic roles with real-life husband, actor Rudolph Cameron. Stewart was also featured opposite such screen legends as Mae Busch and Barbara La Marr. Her two siblings, George and Lucille Lee, also acted in films.
Stewart left her lucrative Vitagraph Studios career in 1918 to accept a contract with fledgling film mogul Louis B. Mayer by the terms of which she would head her own production company at the Mayer studios in Los Angeles. It was alleged that Stewart was recovering from an illness in a Los Angeles hospital when Mayer convinced her to leave Vitagraph for an undisclosed but exorbitant sum of money. Between 1918 and 1919 Stewart produced seven moderately successful vehicles, starring in all of them. Throughout the 1920s, Stewart continue to be featured in prominent roles in silent films.
Marriage to PeabodyEdit
Following Stewart's divorce from Cameron in 1928, Stewart married George Peabody Converse the following year. Like many of her silent film contemporaries, Stewart found the transition to sound film extremely difficult. After making just one musical short in 1932, The Hollywood Handicap, Stewart retired from the screen.
Stewart authored the murder mystery novel The Devil's Toy, published in New York in 1935 by E.P. Dutton. Though the book's dust jacket traded on the author's Hollywood connection, the plot concerned the killing of a stage actor and was set in San Francisco.
|1911||Prejudice of Pierre Marie||Credited as Anna Stewart|
|1912||Her Choice||May - The Vain Niece|
|1912||Billy's Pipe Dream||Pert Dawson||Lost film|
|1913||The Swan Girl||The Swan Girl||Lost film|
|1914||The Girl from Prosperity||Bessie Williams||Lost film|
|1914||A Million Bid||Agnes Belgradin||Lost film|
|1915||The Awakening||Jo||Lost film|
|1916||My Lady's Slipper||Countess Gabrielle de Villars||Lost film|
|1916||The Suspect||Sophie Karrenina||Lost film|
|1916||The Daring of Diana||Diana||Lost film|
|1916||The Combat||Muriel Fleming||Lost film|
|1917||The Glory of Yolanda||Yolanda||Lost film|
|1917||Clover's Rebellion||Clover Dean||Lost film|
|1918||Virtuous Wives||Amy Forrester||Lost film|
|1919||The Painted World||Yvette Murree||Lost film|
|1919||In Old Kentucky||Madge Brierly|
|1920||The Fighting Shepherdess||Kate Prentice||Alternative title: Vindication|
|1921||Playthings of Destiny||Julie Arnold||Producer|
|1922||Rose o' the Sea||Rose Elton||Producer|
|1923||The Love Piker||Hope Warner||Lost film|
|1923||Mary of the Movies||herself||Incomplete|
|1924||The Great White Way||Mabel Vandegrift||Lost film|
|1925||Never the Twain Shall Meet||Tamea||Lost film|
|1926||The Prince of Pilsen||Nellie Wagner||Lost film|
|1927||Wild Geese||Lind Archer||Lost film|
|1928||Sisters of Eve||Beatrice Franklin||Lost film|
|1928||Romance of a Rogue||Charmain|
- "Anita Stewart, Silent-Film Star. Actress, 65, Dies on Coast. Won Fame in 'Goddess'". The New York Times. May 5, 1961. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
Anita Stewart, a former star Of silent films, died today. She was 65 years old. Her sister, Lucille Stewart, found the one-time actress unconscious in a bedroom ...
- Neely, Hugh. "Profile: Anita Stewart". Women Film Pioneers Project at Columbia University. Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
- Eyman, Scott (2008). Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781439107911. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
- Albers, Patricia (1999). Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti. University of California Press. pp. 60–61. ISBN 9780520235144. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
- "Anita Stewart Weds George P. Converse. Marriage of Film Actress and New York Banker Recorded in Sound and on Film". The New York Times. July 25, 1929. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
Anita Stewart, film actress, and George Peabody Converse, New York banker, were married at noon today in the patio of the Chateau Elysee Apartments on Franklin Avenue. ...
- www.bibliopolis.com. "The Devil's Toy by Anita STEWART on Yesterday's Gallery and Babylon Revisited Rare Books". Yesterday's Gallery and Babylon Revisited Rare Books.
- "Anita Stewart". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2017.