ARTICLES
ANITA PAGE
THE GRAND ROMANCE

 1910-2008

With the great stars of yesteryear you enjoy two great things; fame and romance. And, in the end you may find happiness. This story revolves around love; the perfect autograph.

In 1929, when this world came crashing down, Hollywood suddenly found its voice. While sound men were locked in tiny rooms, barely able to breathe and in serious physical danger, the budding young actresses were little better off, unhappily locked inside sound stages hastily redesigned from silent film lots. In the first musical ever made, Anita Page and Bessie Love constantly fell victim to the heat. The stifling heat seared through them as they worked long hours battling with the many technicians to make the early Talkie, “Broadway Melody” succeed. Fainting spells were the norm, and discomfort an understatement. The studios were in such a rush to produce hits before the opposition got a foothold that they often ignored the safety of their stars for the dream of box office glory.

Thus did “Broadway Melody” succeed, and HOW! Anita Page the silent screen star joined the new elite. the actors who could talk, and sing and dance. Fan letters poured in from all around the world. More than 10 000 letters arrived weekly for Miss Page. Even the notorious, Il Duce would write her unceasingly with his bold declarations of amour. However, when Anita sang the smash hit, “You Were Meant For Me,” she wasn’t singing for him, but for her legions of fans across America.

And although Anita Page made 34 films opposite legends like Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Buster Keaton and John Gilbert, she surprisingly retired in 1934 after only nine wonderful years in tinsel town. Despite this, the grand dame still lives within driving distance of the studios where she first made her name. A lively legend, she showed that she could still strut her stuff when she made movie appearances both in 1996, and in the 1998’s, “Hollywood Mortuary” under the direction of her great friend, actor/director Randal Malone.

What makes this story come to life is that nearly 70 years later a grand romance lingers in other people’s lives due to Anita. For there lives a young woman, who was also born in Flushing, New York; a pretty woman who looks much like Anita did in the 1930s. This woman, Kathryn, was wooed and won by the man she loves; a dashing romantic who bought for her, the diamond wedding and engagement rings from Anita’s 1934 marriage to Herb Nacio Brown. On bended knee, he proposed, and Kathryn accepted.  They are now happily wed with so much Hollywood history.

Earlier this year, Kathryn flew to LA to enjoy her first meeting with the great lady. She enjoyed her time with Anita immensely and was sorry when the few moments they spent together came to an end. 

I have included examples of Anita Page’s signature in two photos that Anita signed for me. The second photo shows Anita with her great friend, Randal Malone and the brilliant child actress, Margaret O’Brien. 


 DAVID PRIOL © 2003


POSTSCRIPT: THIS WAS THE THIRD ARTICLE I WROTE AND WAS WRITTEN WITH THE HELP OF THE LOVELY KATHRYN MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE. 

THIS LOVELY NEW MOTHER, NOW HAS THE FINEST COLLECTION OF MEMORABILIA PERTAINING TO ANITA PAGE ON THE PLANET. UNFORTUNATELY KATHRYN WAS ROBBED EARLY IN 2005 AND SOME OF THE WONDERFUL JEWELLERY SHE HAD RECEIVED FROM ANITA WERE STOLEN, POSSIBLY FOREVER, AS THE THIEVES WILL PROBABLY MELT DOWN THESE PIECES IN SEARCH OF A QUICK BUCK.

THE PHOTOS BELOW WERE SIGNED FOR ME BY THE WONDERFUL Miss ANITA PAGE, Miss MARGARET O'BRIEN AND ANITA'S GREAT FRIEND RANDAL MALONE. I THANK ALL THESE FINE ACTORS FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND FOR THEIR TIME. 

STOREFRONT
Jake Sorenson: Oh golly, I can't believe it. Am I dreaming? 
Jenny LeGrande: Well, where do you want to be pinched? 
 

ANITA PAGE FIMOGRAPHY

(COURTESY OF THE IMDb)

Bob's Night Out (2004) .... Socialite 
Mumsie (2003) .... Mumsie Day 
The Crawling Brain (2002) .... Grandma Anita Kroger 
Witchcraft XI: Sisters in Blood (2000) .... Sister Seraphina
Sunset After Dark (1996) 
Hitch Hike to Heaven (1936) .... Claudia Revelle
... aka Footlights and Shadows (UK) 
I Have Lived (1933) .... Jean St. Clair
... aka After Midnight 
The Big Cage (1933) .... Lilian Langley 
Soldiers of the Storm (1933) .... Natalie 
Jungle Bride (1933) .... Doris Evans 
Prosperity (1932) .... Helen Praskins Warren 
Skyscraper Souls (1932) .... Jenny LeGrande
... aka Skyscraper (USA) 
Night Court (1932) .... Mary Thomas
... aka Justice for Sale (UK) 
Are You Listening? (1932) .... Sally O'Neil 
Under Eighteen (1932) .... Sophie 
Sidewalks of New York (1931) .... Margie Kelly 
Gentleman's Fate (1931) .... Ruth 
The Easiest Way (1931) .... Peg Murdock Feliki 
Reducing (1931) .... Vivian Truffle 
Great Day (1930) 
War Nurse (1930) .... Joy Meadows 
Little Accident (1930) .... Isabel 
Our Blushing Brides (1930) .... Connie Blair 
Caught Short (1930) .... Genevieve Jones 
Free and Easy (1930) .... Elvira
... aka Easy Go (USA: TV title) 
Navy Blues (1929) .... Alice 'Allie' Brown 
Speedway (1929) .... Patricia 
Our Modern Maidens (1929) .... Kentucky Strafford 
The Broadway Melody (1929) .... Queenie Mahoney
... aka The Broadway Melody of 1929 (USA) 
The Flying Fleet (1929) .... Anita Hastings 
While the City Sleeps (1928) .... Myrtle 
Our Dancing Daughters (1928) .... Ann 'Annikins' 
Telling the World (1928) .... Chrystal Malone 
Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (1926) (uncredited) 
A Kiss for Cinderella (1925) (uncredited)

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Above is Anita looking leggy and glamorous circa 1930.
Below is Anita with Margaret O'Brien & Randal Malone in a scene
from a film also known as Sunset After Dark.

This is a home once owned in the 30s by Anita.
Actor Jack Luden, who made several silent films and later numerous westerns lived here in the late 30s. 
Jack died in San Quentin Prison in early 1951.
He was only forty-nine-years old. (READ JACK'S STORY HERE)
http://www.dpriol.com/Jack-Luden.html
HERE ARE TWO MODERN GLOSSY PHOTOS SIGNED IN RECENT YEARS BY
ANITA PAGE.
$35 EACH

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A TERRIFIC ANITA PAGE PICTURE GALLERY COURTESY OF MY LOVELY FRIEND & ANITA PAGE LOOKALIKE, KATHRYN
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: 
ANITA with MAX FACTOR
ANITA hugging CHARLES STARRETT in JUNGLE BRIDE
ANITA embracing CLARK GABLE in THE EASIEST WAY
ANITA with HERB NACIO BROWN (HER FIRST HUSBAND)
ONE OF ANITA'S SIGNED PHOTOS TO HER LOOKALIKE FRIEND, KATHRYN
ANITA with her MOM, DAD & BROTHER
A PHONY AUTOGRAPHED PICTURE OF ANITA
A LOOKALIKE DOLL. A GIFT FROM A FAN
ANITA PAGE c1930


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