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Anne Shirley

They didn't come packaged any sweeter and lovelier than Anne Shirley, a gentle and gracious 1930s teen film actress who didn't quite reach the zenith of front-rank stardom and retired all too soon at age 26. On film as a toddler, she went through a small revolving door of marquee names before legally settling (at age 16) on the name Anne Shirley, the name of her schoolgirl heroine in Anne's most famous film of all -- Anne of Green Gables (1934). Manhattan-born Anne was christened Dawn Evelyeen Paris on April 17, 1918. Her father died while she was still a baby and she and her widowed mother lived a very meager New York existence at first. At the age of 16 months, the child was already contributing to the household finances as a photographer's model, using a sundry of different monikers including Lenn Fondre, Lindley Dawn and Dawn O'Day. With this source of monetary inspiration, her mother sought work for her daughter in films as well, and at the age of 4, Anne (billed as Dawn O'Day) made her first feature with The Hidden Woman (1922).

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Apr 17, 1918
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Spanish Dancer 1923-10-06
Latest Project:
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind 1988-10-01
Known For
Poster of Stella Dallas
Poster of Chatterbox
Poster of Chasing Yesterday
Poster of Liliom
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Man from Frisco Diana Kennedy 1944-06-15
Movie Music in Manhattan Frankie Foster 1944-10-06
Movie Murder, My Sweet Ann Grayle 1944-12-14
Movie The Powers Girl Ellen Evans 1943-01-15
Movie Bombardier Burton Hughes 1943-05-14
Movie Government Girl May Harness Blake 1943-11-05
Movie No Greater Love Pasha (U.S. Dubbing Voice) 1943-05-20
Movie Four Jacks and a Jill Karanina 'Nina' Novak, the Jill 1942-01-23
Movie The Mayor of 44th Street Jessey Lee 1942-10-15
Movie West Point Widow Nancy Hull 1941-06-20
Movie All That Money Can Buy Mary Stone 1941-10-17
Movie Unexpected Uncle Kathleen Brown 1941-11-07
Movie Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 2 1941-12-05
Movie Vigil in the Night Lucy Lee 1940-02-05
Movie Anne of Windy Poplars Anne 1940-06-28
Movie Saturday's Children Bobby Halevy 1940-05-11
Movie Boy Slaves Annie 1939-02-02
Movie Sorority House Alice Fisher 1939-05-05
Movie Career Sylvia Bartholomew 1939-07-07
Movie Condemned Women Millie Anson 1938-06-01
Movie Law of the Underworld Annabelle Porter 1938-05-06
Movie Mother Carey's Chickens Nancy Carey 1938-07-29
Movie Girls' School Natalie Freeman 1938-09-30
Movie A Man to Remember Jean Johnson 1938-10-14
Movie Too Many Wives Betty Jackson 1937-04-09
Movie Meet the Missus Louise Foster 1937-06-04
Movie Stella Dallas Laurel "Lorrie" Dallas 1937-08-06
Movie Chatterbox Jenny Yates 1936-01-17
Movie M'Liss M'Liss Smith 1936-07-27
Movie Make Way for a Lady June Drew 1936-11-13
Movie Chasing Yesterday Jeanne Alexandre 1935-05-03
Movie Steamboat Round the Bend Fleety Belle 1935-09-06
Movie A Night at the Biltmore Bowl Anne Shirley 1935-06-21
Movie School for Girls Catherine Fogarty (as Dawn O'Day) 1934-03-22
Movie Finishing School Billie 1934-05-04
Movie Anne of Green Gables Anne Shirley 1934-11-23
Movie Bachelor Bait Miriam Johnson (uncredited) 1934-07-27
Movie The Key Flower peddler 1934-06-09
Movie The Life of Jimmy Dolan Mary Lou 1933-06-03
Movie Young America Mabel Saunders 1932-04-17
Movie Emma Young Isabelle (uncredited) 1932-01-02
Movie So Big! Young Selina Peake (uncredited) 1932-04-30
Movie Rasputin and the Empress Princess Anastasia (uncredited) 1932-12-23
Movie The Purchase Price Sarah Tipton (uncredited) 1932-07-23
Movie Three on a Match Vivian as a Child 1932-10-29
Movie Gun Smoke Horton's Daughter 1931-04-10
Movie Rich Man's Folly Anne, as a child 1931-11-14
Movie City Girl Marie Tustine 1930-02-16
Movie Liliom Louise 1930-10-05
Movie 4 Devils Marion as a girl 1928-10-03
Movie Riders of the Purple Sage Fay Larkin 1925-03-15
Movie His Wooden Wedding 1925-12-19
Movie The Man Who Fights Alone Dorothy 1924-09-15
Movie The Spanish Dancer Don Balthazar Carlos 1923-10-06