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Overview (5)

Born in Waco, Texas, USA
Died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (stroke following surgery)
Birth NameMarguerite Gwynne Trice
Nicknames The Queen of the Screamers
The Screamer
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Slender, strikingly beautiful strawberry blonde Anne Gwynne arrived in Hollywood a typical starry-eyed model looking to for top stardom. Not quite achieving her goal, she did become one of Universal Studio's favorite and revered cover girls while earning notoriety as one of cinema's finest screamers in 40's "B" horror films. She was able to extend her talents to include adventure stories, westerns, film noir and musical comedies before retiring in 1959.

The hazel-eyed beauty was born Marguerite Gwynne Trice in Waco, Texas, on December 18, 1918, the daughter of Pearl (née Guinn) and Jefferson Benjamin Trice, a clothing manufacturer. The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri when she was still a child. Following high school graduation, she studied drama at Stephens College. Accompanying her father to Los Angeles, she stayed and found work in a number of local community productions. She also supplanted her income as a swimsuit model for Catalina. A Universal studio talent agent happened to catch her in one of her theatre endeavors and the 20-year-old was tested and signed up in 1939.

Appearing in a few starlet bit parts as chorus girls or nurse types, Anne quickly earned her first female lead that same year with the western Oklahoma Frontier (1939) opposite cowboy star Johnny Mack Brown and continued on as a gorgeous co-star/second lead for such handsome leading men as Richard Arlen in Man from Montreal (1939); Robert Stack in Men of Texas (1942); he is best remembered, however, as a decorative lure for the monstrous antics of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney Jr., among others, in such movie chillers as Black Friday (1940), The Black Cat (1941), The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942), Weird Woman (1944), House of Frankenstein (1944) and Murder in the Blue Room (1944).

Anne certainly had the looks and talent but not the luck, seldom rising above second-string film fare. She nevertheless proved quite popular with the servicemen as a WWII wall pin-up and, as with many other lovely actresses, found TV and commercials to be viable mediums for her as her film career waned. She, in fact, co-starred in TV's first filmed series, the noirish crime series Public Prosecutor (1947) as D.A. John Howard's legal secretary and guested on such action-filled 50's programs as "Ramar of the Jungle," "Death Valley Days" and "Northwest Passage."

Later sporadic appearances on film included The Blazing Sun (1950), Call of the Klondike (1950) and Breakdown (1952), the last-mentioned effort executive produced by her husband Max M. Gilford. She returned to the horror film fold once more as the star of the quickly dismissed, "poverty row" cult programmer Teenage Monster (1958). Here Anne plays a caring mother whose home is hit by a meteor. This results in the death of her husband and the monstrous mutation of her son. She tries to shield her boy from outside forces to save him. After a decade of retirement, Anne returned to make a brief, matronly appearance in the film Adam at Six A.M. (1970).

Married to Gilford in 1945, the pair had two children. Daughter/actress Gwynne Gilford is married to actor Robert Pine. Her grandson is actor Chris Pine. Anne's health began to deteriorate in the '90s; a widow by this time, she was moved to the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California, where she died of complications from a stroke on March 31, 2003.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Max M. Gilford (30 December 1945 - 3 May 1965) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (11)

Mother of Gwynne Gilford and Gregory Gilford.
Had appeared, with John Howard and Walter Sande, on the first filmed television series Public Prosecutor (1947).
Was one of the top five pin-ups in World War II, according to a February 15, 1943, Life magazine article. Others were Dorothy Lamour, Ann Sheridan, Maureen O'Hara and Alexis Smith.
Was the #1 pinup girl for two years in Yank magazine for World War II servicemen.
Was a former Miss San Antonio.
Grandmother of Katherine Pine and Chris Pine.
Mother-in-law of Robert Pine.
Interviewed in "It Came from Horrorwood: Interviews with Moviemakers in the SF and Horror Tradition" by Tom Weaver (McFarland, 1996).
Suffered her first stroke in the early 1990s.
She had English, French and Welsh ancestry.
Profiled in the book "Johnny Mack Brown's Saddle Gals" by Bobby Copeland.

Personal Quotes (6)

[on King of the Bullwhip (1950) with Lash La Rue] I did it for the money . . . it wasn't much of a picture, certainly far below the quality I had experienced earlier.
[on working with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)] They were so fresh and delightful and funny. They weren't burned out and they LOVED doing what they were doing. Every time somebody laughed, they were in ecstasy . . . Even when I saw them in other pictures, they were delightful.
[about Sin Town (1942)] Marlene Dietrich was supposed to be in it but when she read the script she turned it down. She and Brod Crawford [Broderick Crawford] were having a fling at this time. She wanted to work with him but the character she played lost Brod to me until the final reel when he goes back to her and I land Patric Knowles. So, unfortunately, she didn't appear in it. Then Mae West was offered the role and she turned it down for the same reason. Constance Bennett, who was getting a little long in the tooth, didn't have any qualms and played it to the hilt.
[on Frontier Badmen (1943) and working with Noah Beery Jr.] Pidge, as his friends call him, is such a nice guy. The studio had originally planned for us to be a screen team. We'd already done two other films but this turned out to be our last one together. I did get him at the end of the film, while [Robert Paige] rode off into the sunset with Diana Barrymore, who in real life he couldn't stand. Diana was always drunk through this picture and the other one we did together, Ladies Courageous (1944).
[on director Ray Enright] . . . another of the good ole boys. He had just finished The Spoilers (1942) with John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich and we hoped this one [Sin Town (1942)] would do as well. Although it didn't, I thought it was a very good film and certainly one of my best.
[on Robert Paige] . . . bless him, [he] was always a dear friend of mine. We remained friends for the rest of his life. He was masculine, handsome, but . . . funny-looking in that big ten-gallon hat they gave him to wear [on Frontier Badmen (1943)]! What's more, he was afraid of horses! Unfortunately for Bob, Lon Chaney Jr. (one of my least favorite leading men) found out about it and the practical jokes really started. Lon could be quite cruel when it came to joking around. If he had real ammunition, he used it! Lon and Bob almost came to blows over Lon's picking.

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