Actress. After moving to Hollywood in 1940, she had a short but noteworthy career performing in 31 films, often playing the role of the supportive and morally sound mother. In 1943 she portrayed the devoted mother of 'Bernadette' (played by Jennifer Jones), in "The Song of Bernadette", which won her a nomination for an Oscar as best supporting actress. The following year, she was cast as the mother of 12 year old Elizabeth Taylor in "National Velvet", the film that launched Taylor's career. For her role as 'Mrs. Brown', Anne Revere was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Some of her other film credits include "The Howards of Virginia" (1940), "Men of Boys Town" (1941), "The Flame of New Orleans (1941), "The Falcon Takes Over" (1942), "Keys of the Kingdom" (1944), "The Thin Man Goes Home" (1944), "Dragonwyck" (1946), and "Forever Amber" (1947). In 1947, when the House Un-American Activities Comittee came in Hollywood, some in the Hollywood Community cooperated and gave the names of those suspected of Communist sympathies. When Anne Revere was called to testify in 1951, she refused and was blacklisted, reportedly saying "I'm a free thinking Yankee rebel, and nobody's going to tell me what to do!" Her last role before her long absence from film-making due to the blacklisting was as Montgomery Clift's mother in "A Place in the Sun" (1951). The role was cut due to her name being on the list. The blacklisting effectively ended her film career, although she returned to the stage in 1960, winning a Tony award for her performance in Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic". In 1962 she began acting on television, and appeared in the made for television movie "Two for the Money" (1971). Her final film appearance was in "Birch Interval" (1977). She died of pneumonia in December 1990 in Locust Valley, New York. A remote relative of the famous silversmith and Revolutionary hero Paul Revere, she is one of three Oscar winners in supporting roles interred in Massachusetts soil (The others being Josephine Hull and Harold Russell).
Bio by: bosguy