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Anita Page Tribute…

Thursday, August 5th, 2010


Anita Page – You were meant for me




By Allan R. Ellenberger 


Anita Page, the last great silent film star from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, would have celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday. Some argue whether she was a star, an actress or leading lady —  to me she was all of the above and more. Anita was the first real actress that I had a chance to know personally.




Me and Anita at USC (Michael Schwibs photo)




I first met Anita Page in 1993 when I was researching my biography on Ramon Novarro, whom she costarred with in the 1929 film, The Flying Fleet. Her husband had passed away two years earlier, so to keep busy she came out of retirement and began appearing at film festivals and other functions.


At the time she was living in a retirement center in Burbank. Her good friend, actor Randal Malone, set up the interview. Anita was very sweet and accommodating to my questions. She had suffered a stroke after her husbands death which affected her short term memory. Her long-term memory was still intact, however she sometimes forgot that she had told a story and would repeat it. Other than being a little frail, that was the only noticeable evidence from her stroke.


Only once during the interview did she hesitate repeating information about Novarro. It was about his height. Evidently Novarro was not tall – probably about 5’8” – so he sometimes wore lifts in his shoes depending on his costar. Novarro wanted Anita to appear in the film with him, but the studio felt she was too tall and wanted to use Josephine Dunn instead.


Novarro told the executives, “I can always wear lifts in my shoes. Besides, I did a film with Joan Crawford and she’s as tall as Miss Page.” As we know Anita got the job, however, she thought the information about his height might be embarrassing so she asked that I turn off my tape recorder before she would tell the story – which of course I did.


I became friends with Anita and Randal that day and over the ensuing years was invited to their homes and to events where Anita was appearing. I also began interviewing her over a period of a year for a proposed book on her career. Whether it was at a noisy restaurant, her home or some other venue, I showed up with a tape recorder and we talked about early Hollywood. During that time she relayed stories about her films and the famous people she worked with and knew.


I completed a rough draft of what was to be the text for a coffee table book, but sadly it never came to fruition. I did, however, donate a copy of the unedited manuscript to the Margaret Herrick Library under the title, “Anita Page: You Were Meant For Me,” so future film historians will have access to her stories. The title is from the song by Nacio Herb Brown, her short-lived husband, who wrote it for Broadway Melody (1929) and dedicated it to her.



Anita with her parents (above), Maude and Marino Pomares. Mrs. Pomares died from cancer at her Manhattan Beach home in May 1943. A few years later her father remarried and he passed away in 1951. They are buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. Anita also had a younger brother, Marino, Jr. who died in 1960 from a brain tumor. He was 36.


 Anita was Clark Gable’s first leading lady in The Easiest Way (1931)



Above is a Los Angeles Examiner photo announcing Anita’s first arrival in California on December 7, 1927. She was a protégé of Harry K. Thaw who brought her and another starlet, Susan Hughes to California to make films. While Thaw’s plans failed, Anita (who was known then as Anita Rivers) decided to stay in Hollywood and try to make it on her own. Thaw returned to New York, as did Susan Hughes, who gave up show business.



 Josephine Dunn, Joan Crawford and Anita Page in Our Moderm Maidens (1929)



 Anita and me sitting on the steps outside her first Hollywood apartment (Randal Malone photo)


When I first interviewed Anita, she talked about her first Hollywood apartment that she shared with her mother. It intrigued me so I went about trying to find it using the phone book. Sure enough, there was a listing for Mrs. Marino Pomares in the 1928 directory – 7566 ½ De Longpre Avenue. Randal and I took Anita to the address for a photo shoot. Unfortunately the tenants were not home so we didn’t get a chance to look inside.


 Bessie Love and Anita from Broadway Melody (1929)



Actress Glenn Close as Norma Desmond and Anita Page (Michale Schwibs photo)


When Sunset Boulevard, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical came to Los Angeles, Anita received an invitation to attend. A real silent film actress meets a fictional silent film actress — what great publicity! Randal graciously asked me to attend along with his friend Michael Schwibs. The four of us had the best seats in the house – fourth row center – all compliments of the theatre. The play was breathtaking and the performances top rate. Afterward we went backstage to personally meet the star of production, Glenn Close who played Norma Desmond. Ms Close was still in costume and in character and had a brief conversation with Anita. It was a great experience and Ms Close kindly signed my program. What a night.



 Reportedly, at one point, Anita received more fan mail than any other actor at MGM except for Garbo




Anita Page

  August 4, 1910 – September 6, 2008




Glenn Close and her Star

Saturday, January 16th, 2010


Glenn Close talks about her Walk of Fame star on Letterman



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Glenn Close Wants an Oscar…

Friday, February 27th, 2009


 Glenn Close: ‘I still want an Oscar’


Glenn Close


When Hollywood wants a bitch, they call Glenn Close, 62, thanks to films such as Fatal Attraction. She has won numerous awards but never an Oscar despite five nominations.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for me)



Star for Glenn Close…

Monday, January 12th, 2009


Glenn Close honored on ‘Walk of Fame’


Glenn Close and her Walk of Fame star

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Actress Glenn Close was honored with a star on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame” here Monday and said she was looking forward to having people walk all over her award.


Close, 61, described the awarding of the 2,378th star on Hollywood Boulevard as a “wonderful, wonderful honor”, adding she was delighted to be sharing the famous stretch of sidewalk with some of her childhood heroes.


But she invited movie fans who held a grudge against some of her on-screen personas, such as deranged stalker Alex Forrest in 1987’s “Fatal Attraction”, to feel free to abuse her award.


“To be considered a star is one thing, but to be embedded in the sidewalk with life passing over us, that for me is the best part of this honor,” Close said at a ceremony to unveil her award.


“Five-inch heels, flip-flops, Birkenstocks, dropped ice cream cones, the odd tobacco squirt, baby carriages, roller blades, skateboards, wheelchairs — bring it all on,” Close joked.


“And if there are those who are really pissed off by … Alex Forrest, they can stomp on me to their heart’s content,” Close joked.


“Like the Milky Way, this galaxy will expand, paying tribute to the artists who have formed the heart and soul of the world,” Close said.


“And I can just see it years from this moment. Someone will wander by my star, dust off my name and think `Glenn Close? Glenn Close? Oh yeah, I remember. He was good.”


Close, best known for her film roles in “Fatal Attraction” and “Dangerous Liasions”, is currently the star of the US television drama series “Damages”.



Walk of Fame Star for Glenn Close…

Thursday, January 8th, 2009


Glenn Close To Receive Star On Walk Of Fame


Glenn Close


January 7, 2009


Veteran actress Glenn Close will receive the 2,378th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday.


Close received the outstanding actress in a drama Emmy in September for her portrayal of attorney Patty Hewes on “Damages.” She also won an outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or special Emmy for the title role in the 1995 NBC made-for-television movie, “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story.”


Close received best supporting actress Oscar nominations for her first two films “The World According to Garp” and “The Big Chill.” She also received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for “The Natural” and two best actress nominations for “Fatal Attraction” and “Dangerous Liaisons.”


Her other film credits include “Reversal of Fortune”; “Hamlet”; “101 Dalmatians” and its sequel “102 Dalmatians”; and “Air Force One.”


Close also received Emmy nominations for her work on “The Shield”; the miniseries the made-for-television movies “Sarah, Plain and Tall,” “The Lion in Winter,” “In the Gloaming,” “Skylark” and “Something About Amelia”; and a guest starring role on “Will & Grace.”


Close also supplied the voice of Homer Simpson’s mother Mona on three episodes of the classic Fox Broadcasting animated series “The Simpsons.”


JoBeth Williams and Mary Kay Place, who appeared with Close in the 1983 film “The Big Chill,”; Michael Chiklis, who starred on the FX series “The Shield” with Close and Close’s “Damages” cast mate Tate Donovan will join Close in speaking in the late-morning ceremony in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame, announced Wednesday.