GERALDINE PAGE Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Geraldine Sue Page                                                                 
Born: 22 November 1924 Kirksville, Missouri, United States                               
Died: 13 June 1987 New York City, New York United States                                 
Geraldine Sue Page (November 22, 1924 – June 13, 1987) was an Academy Award,           
Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated American actress.           
Although starring in at least two dozen feature films, she is primarily known           
for her celebrated work in the American theater.                                         
Page was born in Kirksville, Missouri. She attended the Goodman Theatre Dramatic         
School in Chicago and studied acting with Uta Hagen. She began appearing in             
stock at the age of seventeen.                                                           
She earned critical accolades for her performance in Tennessee Williams' Sweet           
Bird of Youth opposite Paul Newman. Page received her first Tony Award                   
nomination for the play. She and Newman later starred in the film adaptation and         
Page earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the film. In 1964,         
she starred in a Broadway revival of Anton Chekov's The Three Sisters with Kim           
Stanley and Shirley Knight. The production was directed by Lee Strasberg. She           
also starred in Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy/White Lies, in 1967, which was the         
production in which both Michael Crawford and Lynn Redgrave made their Broadway         
debuts. Page received her second Tony nomination (for Best Featured Actress in a         
Play) for a successful production of Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular             
with Sandy Dennis and Richard Kiley.                                                     
It would be in a few years and a few mixed-reviewed plays later that Page               
starred in another successful Broadway play. Agnes of God, which opened in 1982,         
ran for 599 performances with Page performing in nearly all of them. She                 
received a Tony Award nomination, for Best Lead Actress in a Play, for her               
performance as the secretive nun Mother Miriam Ruth. The highly acclaimed               
production garnered co-star Amanda Plummer a Tony Award for Best Featured               
Actress in a Play. Elizabeth Ashley played the court-appointed psychiatrist Dr.         
Martha Livingstone. After winning an Academy Award in 1985, Page returned to             
Broadway in a revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit in the role of the psychic         
medium Madame Arcati. The production, which also starred Richard Chamberlain,           
Blythe Danner and Judith Ivey, was Page's last. Page was again nominated for a           
Tony Award, for Best Lead Actress in a Play, and was considered to be a favorite         
to win. However, she did not win, and several days after the awards ceremony she         
died. The show lasted several weeks more with co-star Patricia Conolly taking           
over Page's role.                                                                       
In 1960 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre.                 
Page gave celebrated performances in films as well as her work on Broadway. Her         
film debut was in Out of the Night (1947). Her role in Hondo, garnered her a             
nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In all, despite           
her relatively small filmography, Page received eight Academy Award nominations.         
She finally won the Oscar in 1986 for a wonderful performance in The Trip to             
Bountiful, which was based on a play by Horton Foote. Had she not won for Trip           
to Bountiful, she would have held the record for most nominations without a             
single win. When she won, she received a standing ovation from the audience at           
the ceremony. She was surprised by her win (she openly talked about being a             
seven-time Oscar loser), and took a while to get to the stage to accept the             
award because she had taken off her shoes while sitting in the audience. She had         
not expected to win, and her feet were sore.                                             
Her other notable screen roles include Academy Award-nominated performances in           
Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke (1961); Sweet Bird of Youth (1962); Toys in         
the Attic (1963) and Woody Allen's Interiors (1978). She also appeared in quirky         
and eccentric roles such as calculating murderer of old ladies in What Ever             
Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969); a repressed schoolmistress in the Clint Eastwood         
film The Beguiled (1971); a charismatic evangelist (modeled after Aimee Semple           
McPherson) in The Day of the Locust (1975); and as Sister Walburga in Nasty             
Habits (1977).                                                                           
She did various television shows in the 1950s through the 1980s, including               
movies and series, such as Hawaii Five-0, Kojak, and several episodes of Rod             
Serling's Night Gallery, including "The Sins Of The Fathers" and "Something In           
The Woodwork".                                                                           
She also was a voice actress and voiced the villainous Madame Medusa in the             
Disney animated film The Rescuers.                                                       
Page has also appeared in television productions and won two Emmy Awards as             
Outstanding Single Performance By an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama for           
her roles in the classic Truman Capote stories, A Christmas Memory (1967) and           
The Thanksgiving Visitor (1969).                                                         
Her final film was the 1987 Mary Stuart Masterson film My Little Girl, which was         
the film debut of Jennifer Lopez.