1945 Anne Revere Oscar - National Velvet
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Veteran character actress Anne Revere became another in
the long line of talented artists whose careers would crash
under the weight of the "Red Scare" hysteria that tore
through Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Manhattan
and a direct descendant of Revolutionary War figure Paul
Revere, Anne graduated from Wellesley College, then trained
for the stage at the American Laboratory Theatre.

She made her Broadway bow in 1931 with "The Great
Barrington" and her film debut in a version of another
Broadway play, Double Door (1934). Returning to Broadway
after receiving no other film offers, she would not make
another movie until 1940...then she stayed. She went on to
epitomize the warm, wise and invariably stoic mother to a
number of great "golden age" stars, her understated power
and intensity capturing the hearts of critics and war-torn
audiences alike. Her plain, freckled, careworn looks appeared
equally at home on the frontier or in a tenement setting.
Anne was nominated three times for an Oscar for her strong,
matriarchal figures -- as Jennifer Jones' mother in The Song
of Bernadette (1943), Elizabeth Taylor's in National Velvet
(1944) and Gregory Peck's in Gentleman's Agreement (1947),
winning the Oscar on her second try for National Velvet

A versatile talent, she extended her range to include a
number of brittle, neurotic and even crazy ladies. This all
ended abruptly in 1951 when her name appeared as one of 300
on the infamous "Hollywood blacklist". She had just
completed a major role as Montgomery Clift's Salvation Army
mom in A Place in the Sun (1951). She stood on her Fifth
Amendment rights before the Communist-obsessed House
Un-American Activities Committee and, as a result, her part
in that film was reduced to a glorified cameo. She did not
appear in another film for nearly 20 years (a starring role in a
new TV series was also taken from her).

This particular Academy First Award for Best Supporting
Actress was awarded to Revere at the 18th Academy Awards
ceremony for her performance in the 1945 drama National
Velvet. Revere beat out Eve Arden and Ann Blyth (both
nominated for Mildred Pierce), Angela Lansbury (The Picture
of Dorian Gray), and Joan Lorring (The Corn Was Green) for
the award. She had previously been nominated in the same
category in 1944 for The Song of Bernadette, and would be
nominated once more in 1948 for Gentleman's Agreement. In
1951, Revere exercised her Fifth Amendment rights before
the House Un-American Activities Committee and, as a
result, was blacklisted from the film industry for almost 20
years. This award represents the pinnacle of her career.

Anne passed away after contracting pneumonia at age 87 and
was survived by a sister. She had no children. Although a
victim of "Cold War" paranoia, she always persevered,
showing the same kind of grit and courage that embodied her
gallery of characters on film.

This Oscar Sold for:  $89,625.00 in November 2009
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