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 Anita Garvin

Anita Garvin

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 7 Jul 1994 (aged 87)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section E, urn garden, row 67, #8
Memorial ID 5476 · View Source
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Actress. She is best-remembered for playing shrewish wives and haughty society ladies in Laurel and Hardy comedies. Armed with a withering sneer and sometimes with a shotgun, she was an incomparable foil for Stan and Ollie in such films as "The Battle of the Century" (1927), "From Soup To Nuts" (1928), "Blotto" (1930), and "Be Big!" (1931). Garvin was born in New York City, and moved to Southern California as a child. She claimed Mack Sennett cast her as one of his famous "Bathing Beauties" when she was 12 and from 1924 she was regularly seen in two-reel comedies for producers Hal Roach, Al Christie, and Educational Pictures. In 1928 Garvin had her own short-lived comedy series at Roach, paired with petite Marion Byron. Apart from the nine films she made with Laurel and Hardy between 1927 and 1931, she played opposite Charley Chase, James Finlayson, and Max Davidson. Garvin made only sporadic screen appearances after marrying bandleader Clifford "Red" Stanley in 1930, though Stan Laurel continued to request her talents and she returned for cameos in the L & H features "Swiss Miss" (1938) and "A Chump at Oxford" (1940). She retired altogether in 1940 to raise a family. Long a cult figure among Laurel and Hardy buffs, Garvin later became a favorite fixture at gatherings of the team's fan club, The Sons of the Desert.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 16 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5476
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anita Garvin (11 Feb 1907–7 Jul 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5476, citing San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .