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|Birth name:||Marguerite Gwynne Trice|
|Date of birth:||December 10th, 1918|
|Place of birth:||Waco, Texas|
|Date of death:||March 31st, 2003|
|Place of death:||Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California|
|1st Horror:||Black Friday (1940)|
Anne Gwynne was an American film actress born in Waco, Texas on December 10th, 1918. She originally began her Hollywood career as a model, but eventually worked her way up to "scream queen" status in the likes of future friend Evelyn Ankers.
Anne's movie work began in 1939 in a bit role as a showgirl named Kitty in Unexpected Father. She appeared in several more small roles, generally uncredited, including The Man from Montreal, The Big Guy and even The Green Hornet film serial for Republic Pictures.
Anne's first work in the horror genre came in 1940 when she played Jean Sova in Arthur Lubin's film Black Friday. Already, she found herself playing opposite two of the horror genre's most legendary actors, Boris Karloff, who played Doctor Ernest Sovac and Bela Lugosi, who played Eric Marnay.
The following year, Anne appeared in the 1941 horror/mystery film The Black Cat by Albert S. Rogell. Again, Gwynne found herself paired up with Bela Lugosi as well Basil Rathbone, Hugh Herbert and Broderick Crawford. Gwynne played a character named Elaine Winslow.
Anne's next genre work was one of the more obscure films of the 1940s. She played Kit Logan Church in the psycho-thriller The Strange Case of Doctor Rx - a movie whose title is liberally borrowed from the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In this film, she received third billing and played against Frankenstein's Patric Knowles and Lionel Atwill.
In 1944, Anne received second billing in the Reginald Le Borg mystery-thriller Weird Woman as Paula Clayton Reed. Although not a horror film in the strictest sense, the film did deal with elements of witchcraft and voodoo. Here she played opposite Wolfman stars Lon Chaney, Jr. and Evelyn Ankers. That same year she appeared in Universal's House of Frankenstein, directed by Erle C. Kenton. Playing a gypsy girl named Rita, she reunited with Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Lionel Atwill, and also starred opposite John Carradine, George Zucco and J. Carrol Naish.
Anne's final film work came in 1958 when she played Ruth Cannon in the low-budget sci-fi/horror movie Teenager Monster]]. She did a couple of television appearances after that, including episodes of Rescue 8 and Northwest Passage.
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|Black Friday||1940||Jean Sovac|
|The Black Cat||1941||Elaine Winslow|
|The Strange Case of Doctor Rx||1942||Kit Logan Church|
|Weird Woman||1944||Paula Clayton Reed|
|House of Frankenstein||1944||Rita|
|Teenage Monster||1958||Ruth Cannon|
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