Sunday, September 7, 2008

Anita Page: 1910-2008

Anita Page, the golden age film actress who successfully transitioned from silents to talkies and starred in the very first movie musical, the Academy Award winning Best Picture The Broadway Melody, passed away yesterday at the age of 98.

Spanning 84 years, her career included such other classics as Our Dancing Daughters and its two sequels (all with Joan Crawford), Free and Easy and Sidewalks of New York (both with Buster Keaton) and Night Court (with Walter Huston). At the height of her popularity, Page received more fan mail than any other actress, save Greta Garbo.

The last known living attendee of the very first Academy Awards in 1929, Page's final film role will be as Elizabeth Frankenstein in the upcoming Frankenstein Rising, due later this year.

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