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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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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).

Personal Info

Gender Female

Known Credits 46

Birthday 1918-04-17

Day of Death 1993-07-04

Place of Birth New York City, New York USA

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Also Known As

  • Dawn O'Day

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1949 Make Mine Laughs as (archive footage)
1944 Murder, My Sweet as Ann Grayle
1944 Music in Manhattan as Frankie Foster
1944 Man from Frisco as Diana Kennedy
1943 Government Girl as May Harness Blake
1943 Bombardier as Burton Hughes
1943 The Powers Girl as Ellen Evans
1942 The Mayor of 44th Street as Jessey Lee
1942 Four Jacks and a Jill as Karanina 'Nina' Novak, the Jill
1941 Unexpected Uncle as Kathleen Brown
1941 The Devil and Daniel Webster as Mary Stone
1941 West Point Widow as Nancy Hull
1940 Anne of Windy Poplars as Anne
1940 Saturday's Children as Bobby Halevy
1940 Vigil in the Night as Lucy Lee
1939 Career as Sylvia Bartholomew
1939 Sorority House as Alice Fisher
1939 Boy Slaves as Annie
1938 A Man to Remember as Jean Johnson
1938 Girls' School as Natalie Freeman
1938 Mother Carey's Chickens as Nancy Carey
1938 Condemned Women as Millie Anson
1938 Law of the Underworld as Annabelle Porter
1937 Stella Dallas as Laurel "Lorrie" Dallas
1937 Meet the Missus as Louise Foster
1937 Too Many Wives as Betty Jackson
1936 Make Way For A Lady as June Drew
1936 M'Liss as M'Liss Smith
1936 Chatterbox as Jenny Yates
1935 Steamboat Round the Bend as Fleety Belle
1935 Chasing Yesterday as Jeanne Alexandre
1934 Anne of Green Gables as Anne Shirley
1934 The Key as Flower peddler
1934 Finishing School as Billie
1933 The Life of Jimmy Dolan as Mary Lou
1932 Three on a Match as Vivian Revere as a Child (as Dawn O'Day)
1932 The Purchase Price as Sarah Tipton - the Daughter (uncredited)
1932 Young America as Mabel Saunders
1932 Emma as Young Isabelle
1931 Gun Smoke as Horton's Daughter
1930 Liliom as Louise
1930 City Girl as Marie Tustine (as Dawn O'Day)
1928 4 Devils as Marion as a girl
1925 Riders of the Purple Sage as Fay Larkin
1924 The Man Who Fights Alone as Dorothy (as Dawn O'Day)
1923 The Spanish Dancer as Don Balthazar Carlos

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