Saturday, June 25, 2011

Anne Revere, Colin Clive

Who was born on this date:

Actress Anne Revere was born on June 25, 1903 in New York City. She was a graduate of Wellesley College and is a direct descendant of American Revolutionary hero, Paul Revere. She began her show business career on the Broadway stage and graduated to film in 1934’s Double Door. During her film career (1934-1977), which included nearly forty motion pictures, she often played the role of the strong, maternal figure. Her major film credits include: Men of Boys Town (1941), Remember the Day (1941), and A Place in the Sun (1951). She won the 1946 Oscar for best supporting actress in National Velvet (1945), and was nominated for the same award for The Song of Bernadette (1943) and Gentlemen’s Agreement (1947).

In 1947, a year after winning the Oscar, she refused to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities, was blacklisted and did not appear in another motion picture for twenty years. Unable to find work in films, she returned to the Broadway stage, where in 1961, she won a Tony Award for her performance in Toys in the Attic. She also made numerous television appearances during this period and her last role was in the soap opera, Ryan’s Hope (1977). Anne Revere died on December 18, 1990 at her home on Long Island, New York from pneumonia. She is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts in lot 11002, azalea garden wall.

Who died on this date:

On June 25, 1937, actor Colin Clive died. He was born on January 20, 1900 in Saint-Malo, France and is best remembered for his portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein in two Universal Frankenstein films, Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Although Colin Clive made only three horror films, the two Frankenstein movies and Mad Love (1935), he is widely regarded as one of the essential stars of the genre. His portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein has was an inspiration for scores of other mad scientist performances in films over the years. Clive was also an in-demand leading man for a number of major film actresses of the era, including Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Corinne Griffith, and Jean Arthur. He also starred in the 1934 adaptation of Jane Eyre opposite Virginia Bruce.

Clive with Elsa Lancaster in "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935)

Colin Clive suffered from severe chronic alcoholism and died from complications of tuberculosis on June 25, 1937 at the age of thirty-seven. His cenotaph is located at Chapel of the Pines Crematory, but his ashes were scattered at sea in 1978 after they spent over 40 years unclaimed in the basement of the funeral parlor where his body was brought after his death., author of "Fade to Black: Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1950"

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