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Anne Revere (June 25, 1903 – December 18, 1990) was an American stage, film, and television actress.

Anne Revere
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Born(1903-06-25)June 25, 1903
DiedDecember 18, 1990(1990-12-18) (aged 87)
OccupationActress
Years active1931–76
Spouse(s)Samuel Rosen (1935–84; his death)
Parent(s)Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Revere

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Early lifeEdit

Born in New York City, Revere was a direct descendant of Boston silversmith and American Revolution hero Paul Revere.[1] Her father, Clinton, was a stockbroker,[2] and she was raised on the Upper West Side and in Westfield, New Jersey. In 1926, she graduated from Wellesley College. Despite her unsuccessful attempts to join dramatic groups in high school and (initially) in college, she eventually was successful at Wellesley and studied dramatics there.[3] She went on to enroll at the American Laboratory School to study acting with Maria Ouspenskaya and Richard Boleslavsky.[2]

CareerEdit

 
Robert Keith, Anne Revere, Florence McGee, Katherine Emery and Katherine Emmet in the original Broadway production of The Children's Hour (1934)

Revere gained early acting experience in regional and stock theater troupes.[4] She made her Broadway debut in 1931 in The Great Barrington. Three years later, she went to Hollywood to reprise her stage role in the film adaptation of Double Door. She returned to Broadway to create the role of Martha Dobie in the original 1934 production of The Children's Hour, and in later years she appeared on the New York stage in As You Like It, The Three Sisters, and Toys in the Attic,[5] for which she won the 1960 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.[6]

Revere worked steadily as a character actress in films, appearing in nearly three dozen between 1934 and 1951.[2] She frequently was cast in the role of a matriarch and played mother to Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, John Garfield, and Montgomery Clift, among others. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress three times and won for her performance in National Velvet.[7] Additional screen credits included The Song of Bernadette, Gentleman's Agreement, The Keys of the Kingdom, Body and Soul, and A Place in the Sun.

In 1951, Revere resigned from the board of the Screen Actors Guild. At the time she was an active member of the American Communist Party. She later pleaded the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee.[8] She would not appear again on film for the next 20 years,[2] finally returning to the screen in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon.

She began appearing on television in 1960, notably in soap operas such as A Flame in the Wind, The Edge of Night, Search for Tomorrow, and Ryan's Hope.

Revere and her husband, theatre director Samuel Rosen, moved to New York and opened an acting school, and she continued to work in summer stock and regional theater productions and on television.

Personal lifeEdit

Revere married Rosen in 1935, and they remained wed until his death in 1984.[4] Revere was a Democrat who supported the campaign of Adlai Stevenson during the 1952 presidential election.[9]

Illness and deathEdit

Revere died of pneumonia in her Locust Valley, New York, home at the age of 87.[10] She was survived by one sister.[8] She was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[11]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1934 Double Door Caroline Van Brett
1940 One Crowded Night Mae Andrews
The Howards of Virginia Mrs. Betsy Norton
1941 The Devil Commands Mrs. Blanche Walters
Men of Boys Town Mrs. Fenely
The Flame of New Orleans Giraud's Sister
H.M. Pulham, Esq. Miss Redfern, John's Secretary Uncredited
Remember the Day Miss Nadine Price
Design for Scandal Nettie, Porter's Maid Uncredited
1942 Meet the Stewarts Geraldine Stewart
The Falcon Takes Over Jessie Florian Uncredited
Are Husbands Necessary? Anna
The Gay Sisters Miss Ida Orner
Star Spangled Rhythm Sarah Uncredited
1943 The Meanest Man in the World Kitty Crockett, Clark's Secretary
Shantytown Mrs. Gorty
Old Acquaintance Belle Carter
The Song of Bernadette Louise Soubirous Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1944 Standing Room Only Major Harriet Cromwell
Rainbow Island Queen Okalana
The Thin Man Goes Home Crazy Mary
Sunday Dinner for a Soldier Agatha Butterfield
National Velvet Mrs. Brown Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
The Keys of the Kingdom Agnes Fiske
1945 Don Juan Quilligan Mrs. Cora Rostigaff
Fallen Angel Clara Mills
1946 Dragonwyck Abigail Wells
1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Alice Pritchard
Carnival in Costa Rica Mama Elsa Molina
Forever Amber Mother Red Cap
Body and Soul Anna Davis
Gentleman's Agreement Mrs. Green Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Secret Beyond the Door Caroline Lamphere
1948 Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! Judith Dominy
Deep Waters Mary McKay
1949 You're My Everything Aunt Jane
1951 The Great Missouri Raid Mrs. Samuels
A Place in the Sun Hannah Eastman
1970 Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon Miss Farber
Macho Callahan Crystal
1976 Birch Interval Mrs. Tanner

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Robertson, Patrick, The Guinness Book of Almost Everything You Didn't Need to Know About the Movies. Guinness Superlatives Ltd. 1986. ISBN 0-85112-481-X, p. 34
  2. ^ a b c d Peter B. Flint (December 19, 1990). "Anne Revere, 87, Actress, Dies; Was Movie Mother of Many Stars". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Coons, Robin (April 13, 1944). "Anne Revere Already Has A Job". Big Spring Daily Herald. Big Spring, Texas. p. 4. Retrieved March 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  4. ^ a b Nissen, Axel (2007). Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties. McFarland. pp. 163–167. ISBN 9780786427468. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Anne Revere". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Anne Revere". Tony Awards. Archived from the original on 31 August 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Anne Revere". Academy Awards. Retrieved 11 January 2016.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Anne Revere, 87; won Oscar, blacklisted in '50s". Chicago Tribune. December 20, 1990. p. 8-Section 2. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  9. ^ Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers
  10. ^ Obituary Variety, December 24, 1990.
  11. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=7-DgDAAAQBAJ&pg=PA624&lpg=PA624&dq=Anne+Revere+burial+site+scott+wilson#v=onepage&q=Anne%20Revere%20burial%20site%20scott%20wilson

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