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Anne of Green Gables series, Anne Shirley.

Anne Shirley was an American actress, known for her role as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables (1934) and Anne of Windy Poplars (1940).


Early life[]

She was born on April 17, 1918, in New York City, New York, USA as Dawn Evelyeen Paris. She began acting at the age of five under the name of Dawn O'Day, and had a highly successful child star career in Pre-Code movies.

As Anne Shirley[]

In 1934, she starred as the character of Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, and took that character's name as her stage name.

Her first husband was the actor John Payne. They married in 1937 and had one daughter together, former actress, Julie Payne. They divorced in 1943. She retired from acting in 1944, and remained in Los Angeles.

Next year, Anne married producer Adrian Scott. They divorced after three years. Her third husband was Charles Lederer. They had together a son named Daniel. Marriage ended with Charles's death in 1976.

Anne died from lung cancer in Los Angeles on July 4, 1993. For her contributions to the motion picture industry, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7020 Hollywood Blvd.


Dawn O'Day[]

Year Title Role
1922 The Hidden Woman Girl
Moonshine Valley Nancy
1923 The Rustle of Silk Girl
The Spanish Dancer Don Balthazar Carlos
1924 The Rich Pup
The Man Who Fights Alone Dorothy
The Fast Set Little Margaret
1925 Riders of the Purple Sage Fay Larkin
Alice's Egg Plant Alice
1927 Night Life Mary Callahan
The Callahans and the Murphys Daughter of War Profiteer
1928 Mother Knows Best Sally
4 Devils Marion
Sins of the Fathers Mary
1930 City Girl Marie Tustine
Liliom Louise
1931 Gun Smoke Horton's Daughter
Hello Napoleon Little Girl
Howdy Mate
Rich Man's Folly Anne
1932 Emma Isabelle
Young America Mabel Saunders
So Big! Selina Peake
The Purchase Price Sarah Tipton
Three on a Match Vivian Revere
Rasputin and the Empress Princess Anastasia
1933 The Life of Jimmy Dolan Mary Lou
1934 This Side of Heaven Flower Girl
Picture Palace Dawn
School for Girls Catherine Fogarty
Finishing School Billie
Private Lessons Dawn
The Key Flower Girl
Bachelor Bait Miriam Ann Johnson

Anne Shirley[]

Year Title Role
1934 Anne of Green Gables Anne Shirley
1935 Chasing Yesterday Jeanne Alexandre
A Night at the Biltmore Bowl
Steamboat Round the Bend Fleety Belle
1936 Chatterbox Jenny Yates
M'Liss M'liss Smith
So and Sew
Make Way for a Lady June Drew
1937 Too Many Wives Betty Jackson
Meet the Missus Louise Foster
Stella Dallas Laurel Dallas
1938 Condemned Women Millie Anson
Law of the Underworld Annabelle Porter
Mother Carey's Chickens Nancy Carey
Girls' School Natalie Freeman
A Man to Remember Jean Johnson
The World Is Ours The Daughter
1939 Boy Slaves Annie
Sorority House Alice Fisher
Career Sylvia Bartholomew
1940 Vigil in the Night Lucy Lee
Saturday's Children Bobby Halevy
Anne of Windy Poplars Anne Shirley
1941 West Point Widow Nancy Hull
Unexpected Uncle Kathleen Brown
All That Money Can Buy Mary Stone
1942 Four Jacks and a Jill Nina Novak
The Mayor of 44th Street Jessey Lee
1943 Ona zashchishchayet rodinu Pasha
Lady Bodyguard A.C. Baker
The Powers Girl Ellen Evans
Bombardier Burton Hughes
Government Girl May Harness Blake
1944 Man from Frisco Diana Kennedy
Music in Manhatten Frankie Foster
Murder, My Sweet Ann Grayle

Behind the scenes[]


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