Anne Shirley

Anne Shirley
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Anne Shirley
Film: South side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Dawn Evelyeen Paris on April 17, 1918 in New York, NY
Died July 4, 1993 of lung cancer in Los Angeles, CA

Anne Shirley, an Academy Award-nominated ingenue, took her stage name from the lead character she played in the 1934 film "Anne of Green Gables."

In 1937, she won an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress for her role as the daughter of Barbara Stanwyck in "Stella Dallas."

Shirley began her acting career at the age of 3 under the name Dawn O'Day. Her films as a child included "Moonshine Valley," "Riders of the Purple Sage," "Mother Knows Best" and the 1932 "Rasputin and the Empress," in which she played Anastasia.

As an adult, some her most memorable films included "Chasing Yesterday," "Make Way for a Lady," "Girls' School," "Career," "West Point Widow," "Bombardier" and "Government Girl."

The 1944 film "Murder, My Sweet," also titled "Farewell My Lovely," with Dick Powell and Claire Trevor, was her last. She went into retirement at age 27.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1937 Best Supporting Actress Stella Dallas Nomination

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