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Ann Dvorak (1940s)
August 2, 1911
New York City, U.S.
|Died||December 10, 1979 68) (aged|
Page School for Girls
(m. 1932;div. 1945)
(m. 1947;div. 1951)
(m. 1951;died 1975)
|Parent(s)|| Anna Lehr |
Ann Dvorak (born Anna McKim; August 2, 1911 – December 10, 1979) was an American stage and film actress.
Asked how to pronounce her adopted surname, she told The Literary Digest in 1936: "My fake name is properly pronounced vor'shack. The D remains silent. I have had quite a time with the name, having been called practically everything from Balzac to Bickelsrock."
Dvorak was born Anna McKim in New York City on August 2, 1911 to silent film actress Anna Lehr and actor/director Edwin McKim. While in New York, she attended St. Catherine's Convent. After moving to California, she attended Page School for Girls in Hollywood.
Anna Lehr was an American silent film and stage actress.
Samuel Edwin McKim was an actor and director of American silent films.
She made her film debut when she was five years old in the silent film version of Ramona (1916) and was credited "Baby Anna Lehr". She continued in children's roles in The Man Hater (1917) and Five Dollar Plate (1920), but then stopped acting in films. Her parents separated in 1916 and divorced in 1920, and she was not to see her father again until 13 years later when she made a public plea to the press to help her find him.
Ramona is a 1916 American silent drama film directed by Donald Crisp based on Helen Hunt Jackson's 1884 novel Ramona. The film is considered to be lost with only reel 5 preserved at the Library of Congress.
In the late 1920s, Dvorak worked as a dance instructor and gradually began to appear on film as a chorus girl. Her friend Karen Morley introduced her to Howard Hughes, who groomed her as a dramatic actress. She was a success in such pre-Code films as Scarface (1932) as Paul Muni's sister; in Three on a Match (1932) with Joan Blondell and Bette Davis as the doomed, unstable Vivian, in Love Is a Racket (1932) and in Sky Devils (1932) opposite Spencer Tracy. Known for her style and elegance, she was a popular leading lady for Warner Bros. during the 1930s, and appeared in numerous contemporary romances and melodramas.
Karen Morley was an American film actress.
Howard Robard Hughes Jr. was an American business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. He first became prominent as a film producer, and then as an influential figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain from a near-fatal plane crash, and increasing deafness.
Scarface is a 1932 American gangster film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Hawks and Howard Hughes. The screenplay, by Ben Hecht, is loosely based on the 1929 novel by Armitage Trail which was inspired by Al Capone. The film stars Paul Muni as gangster Antonio "Tony" Camonte violently rises through the Chicago gangland. Meanwhile, Camonte pursues his bosses's mistress as Camonte's sister pursues his best hitman. In an overt tie to the life of Capone, one scene depicts a version of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.
At age 19, Dvorak eloped with Leslie Fenton, her English co-star from The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932), and they married March 17, 1932.They left for a year-long honeymoon without giving adequate notice to the studio and in spite of her contractual obligations. This led to a period of litigation and pay dispute during which she discovered she was making the same amount of money as the boy who played her son in Three on a Match. She completed her contract on permanent suspension and then worked as a freelancer, but although she worked regularly, the quality of her scripts declined sharply.
Leslie Fenton was an English-born American actor and film director. He appeared in 62 films between 1923 and 1945.
The Strange Love of Molly Louvain is a 1932 American pre-Code crime drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Ann Dvorak and Lee Tracy. The script was based on the play Tinsel Girl by Maurine Dallas Watkins.
She appeared as secretary Della Street to Donald Woods' Perry Mason in The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937). She also acted on Broadway. With her then-husband, Leslie Fenton, Dvorak traveled to England where she supported the war effort by working as an ambulance driver and appeared in several British films. She appeared as a saloon singer in Abilene Town , released in 1946. The following year she showed she could handle comedy well by giving an assured performance in Out of the Blue (1947).
Della Street is the fictional secretary of Perry Mason in the long-running series of novels, short stories, films, and radio and television programs featuring the fictional defense attorney created by Erle Stanley Gardner.
Donald Woods was a Canadian-American film and television actor whose career in Hollywood spanned six decades.
Perry Mason is an American fictional character, a criminal defense lawyer who is the main character in works of detective fiction written by Erle Stanley Gardner. Perry Mason is featured in more than 80 novels and short stories, most of which involve a client's murder trial. Typically, Mason establishes his client's innocence by implicating another character, who then confesses.
Dvorak's marriage to Fenton ended in divorce in 1946. In 1947, she married her second husband, Igor Dega, a Russian dancer who danced with her briefly in The Bachelor's Daughters . The marriage ended in divorce two years later.
Dvorak retired from the screen in 1951, when she married her third and last husband, Nicholas Wade, to whom she remained married until his death in 1975. She had no children. In 1959, she and her husband moved to Hawaii, a place she had always loved.
Several weeks before her death, Dvorak suffered severe stomach pains. She was diagnosed with cancer that had metastasized beyond cure. She died on December 10, 1979, aged 68, in Honolulu.She was cremated and her ashes scattered off Waikiki Beach.
Dvorak has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard for her contribution to motion pictures. It was dedicated February 8, 1960.
|1916||Ramona||Ramona (age 4)|
|1917||The Man Hater||Phemie's Little Sister|
|1929||The Hollywood Revue of 1929||Herself – Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|So This Is College||Student||Uncredited|
|It's a Great Life||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|The Woman Racket||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|Lord Byron of Broadway||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|Free and Easy||Chorine||Uncredited|
|Children of Pleasure||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|Our Blushing Brides||One of the 'Quartet' of Models with Tony||Uncredited|
|Way Out West||Carnival Show Girl||Uncredited|
|The March of Time||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|Love in the Rough||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|Madam Satan||Zeppelin Reveler||Uncredited|
|War Nurse||Nurse in VA Hospital||Uncredited|
|1931||Dance, Fools, Dance||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|A Tailor Made Man||Bit||Uncredited|
|Just a Gigolo||Cafe Patron||Uncredited|
|Politics||Rally Audience Extra||Uncredited|
|Son of India||Village Dancer||Uncredited|
|Stranger in Town||Marian Crickle|
|This Modern Age||Party Guest||Uncredited|
|The Guardsman||Fan Saying 'There He Is'||Uncredited|
|1932||Sky Devils||Mary Way|
|The Crowd Roars||Lee Merrick|
|The Strange Love of Molly Louvain||Molly Louvain|
|Love Is a Racket||Sally Condon|
|Crooner||Judith 'Judy' Mason|
|Three on a Match||Vivian Revere|
|1933||The Way to Love||Madeleine|
|College Coach||Claire Gore|
|Side Streets||Marguerite Gilbert|
|Midnight Alibi||Joan Morley|
|Friends of Mr. Sweeney||Miss Beulah Boyd|
|I Sell Anything||Barbara|
|Gentlemen Are Born||Susan Merrill|
|Murder in the Clouds||Judy|
|1935||Sweet Music||Bonnie Haydon|
|G Men||Jean Morgan|
|Bright Lights||Fay Wilson|
|Dr. Socrates||Josephine Gray|
|Thanks a Million||Sally Mason|
|1937||We Who Are About to Die||Miss Connie Stewart|
|Racing Lady||Ruth Martin|
|Midnight Court||Carol O'Neill|
|The Case of the Stuttering Bishop||Della Street|
|She's No Lady||Jerry|
|Manhattan Merry-Go-Round||Ann Rogers|
|1938||Merrily We Live||Minerva Harlan|
|Gangs of New York||Connie Benson|
|Stronger Than Desire||Eva McLain|
|Girls of the Road||Kay Warren|
|1942||This Was Paris||Ann Morgan|
|1943||Squadron Leader X||Barbara Lucas|
|Escape to Danger||Joan Grahame|
|1945||Flame of Barbary Coast||'Flaxen' Tarry|
|Masquerade in Mexico||Helen Grant|
|The Bachelor's Daughters||Terry Wilson|
|1947||Out of the Blue||Olive Jensen|
|The Private Affairs of Bel Ami||Claire Madeleine Forestier|
|The Long Night||Charlene|
|1948||The Walls of Jericho||Belle Connors|
|1950||Our Very Own||Mrs. Gert Lynch|
|A Life of Her Own||Mary Ashlon|
|The Return of Jesse James||Susan (Sue) Ellen Younger|
|Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone||Connie Kepplar|
|1951||I Was an American Spy||Mrs. Claire 'High Pockets' Phillips|
|The Secret of Convict Lake||Rachel Schaeffer|
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