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ANNE GWYNNE was born December 10, 1918, in Waco, Texas. While a teenager, her family moved to Missouri where she later attended Stephens College in Columbia. It was there that her interest in acting began to bloom. In 1939, at the age of twenty, Anne Gwynne was signed by Universal Pictures. Over the next five years, Miss Gwynne would be featured in some thirty-eight Universal films, and become one of the studio’s most recognizable stars.

ANNE GWYNNE holds the distinction of starring in what was the first filmed dramatic series for television. In 1947-1948 Miss Gwynne starred in "Public Prosecutor", filming 26 episodes for NBC (also known as "Crawford Mystery Theatre"). Anne Gwynne's motion picture and television career spanned the years 1939 through 1970.
 

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Anne Gwynne's First Week in the Motion Picture Industry

Dated September 30, 1939, PICTURE GOER and Film Weekly announced
the fastest signing of an actress in Hollywood History!  Anne Gwynne!!
Before 60 seconds elapsed, a long-term contract hit the desk and Universal
Studios signed Ms. Gwynne, featured on the magazine page shown below.



A true star from the word go
,
Anne Gwynne appeared on the same
page of the magazine as superstar Humphrey Bogart, pictured here with his
then wife, Mayo Methot. Coincidentally the date of this magazine piece is the
same month/day as the birth of Ms. Gwynne's son,
Greg Gilford, and the same month/day as her anniversary
with husband, Max M. Gilford.  THAT merits
a Ripley's Believe It Or Not !!

 


Anne's First Year at Universal Pictures


 


Anne Gwynne'
s work has touched the lives of so many people.
Here she is portraying Sonya in Flash Gordon with a depth of feeling
in her performance that jumps off the screen

Even then, at 20 years of age,
Anne Gwynne gave to her work a sense of her uniqueness,

and that may be why Ms. Gwynne has, and still has, so many fans.

Anne Gwynne plays bad girl Sonya,
Princess and henchwoman to
 Ming the Merciless
.
 Ms. Gwynne appears in episodes 2 through 12. Be sure to view our special pictorial of Anne Gwynne as Sonja on our page for

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe


World-renowned Swimsuit Model


 


Anne Gwynne
was one of the most sought-after swimsuit models in the world. Here, above, she graces the cover of LOOK Magazine, an iconic American magazine for nearly a century.


"
Broadway"
adapted from the George Abbott stage play, produced by Jed Harris,
co-starring Anne Gwynne, as chorine and Gun-moll, Pearl, seen below
with the legendary George Raft






Above, George Raft is no fool; he gets moll Anne Gwynne, playing Pearl,
to take care of Brod Crawford, then uses Pearl to distract Pat O'Brien,
which, as can be seen, she does so perfectly!



 



 


Above, Anne models (circa 1941) for Filmjournalen, published in Stockholm, the most-read film magazine in Sweden.  So famous was Anne Gwynne for swimsuit modeling that, while covering Anne's then-current motion picture, Filmjournalen magazine had Anne Gwynne shoot their cover in the latest Catalina swimsuit fashion.



 


Anne Gwynne
considered to be one of the finest up-and-coming stars
at Universal Studios in the early 1940s, was teamed with
some of the best actors on the studio lot.



Here, in one picture, The Black Cat, Anne Gwynne
played with Basil Rathbone, Broderick Crawford, the infamous
Bela Lugosi, the always redoubtable Gale Sondergaard, the
consummate professional Gladys Cooper, and in one of his
first parts, Alan Ladd. Never underestimating the star power of their actors, the Universal
Marketing machine placed Anne Gwynne squarely in the forefront of the film's poster.
 



 


No. 1 World War II pin-up



As voted by Yank Magazine in 1943 and 1944
Anne Gwynne was the number 1 pinup girl of WWII servicemen.
A tremendous achievement for a 24 year old actress of lesser fame than her competitors.
This picture is from a 1944 article about Anne's career, her achievements and her goals.

The full shot



 


Anne Gwynne responding in print to
Yank Magazine honor


Actress Anne Gwynne:
Her Films Were Seen All Around The World
Anne Gwynne's motion pictures were released in all
film markets globally.  She was popular everywhere.
Here's Ms. Gwynne on the cover of Switzerland's leading
film magazine,
Cine Suisse, in the early 1940s.




 


A poster image from Argentina. 
Ms. Gwynne receives fan mail
from all over the world.

The Strange Case of Dr. RX (1942)

 


1943



Anne Gwynne with husband Max Gilford
on the town at The Macombo
Hollywood  (1943)
(photo from the John Harding Collection)
 

 

~ For the Good Times ~

 


Our site is dedicated to
Anne Gwynne
 Actress ~ Cover Girl ~ Model ~ Swimsuit Model ~ WWII pinup.
The site is here to remember the good times.  The films. 
The television shows.  The photographs.  The laughs.
Anne loved to laugh. Heartily.
~  All the best from Anne Gwynne's family  ~
Katie Pine
Chris Pine
Robert Pine
Gloria Gwynne Pine
Gregory Maxwell Gilford


ANNE GWYNNE
, a favorite of many scary film fans for her performances in such motion pictures as, "House Of Frankenstein",  "Weird Woman",  "The Black Cat" , "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe", "Black Friday", and, playing Tess Trueheart in "Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome", was honored at the at the 1940s Mystery/Horror/Monster fan's convention,

Monster Bash 2005
June 24, 25, 26 2005
--
Pittsburgh, P.A.

Anne Gwynne's daughter and son, Gwynne Pine and Greg Gilford, appeared for two Q & A sessions, and signed pictures of Anne Gwynne for some of her loyal fans.  It was wonderful to see fans -- our youngest visitor was 12



years old -- come up to the table for pictures, and to talk about Anne Gwynne.  Our thanks to all the fans at Monster Bash 2005 !! Special thanks to the amazing, indefatigable, Ron Adams who presented such a wonderful convention.

Classic Horror, Science Fiction and Mystery movies!
Hard-to-find Horrors and
Creepy Classics on DVD and VHS Video!
All the Classic Monsters live here! Monsters delivered to your door! Secure Ordering Online!



 

Anne Gwynne @ Myspace


http://www.myspace.com/annegwynne
 

 

Anne Gwynne @ Facebook



http://www.facebook.com/annegwynne
 


Visit Stephen Potter's lovely Web site
and his page for Anne Gwynne


Read the
Los Angeles Times
Anne Gwynne

tribute


The Daily Variety
Anne Gwynne
tribute

SPECIAL THANKS:
This website could not exist without the kind and generous
contributions from collectors, and fans of Anne Gwynne.

We are especially thankful for Mr. Michael Fitzgerald participation on this site. Mr. Fitzgerald passed away February 14, 2006.  He was an author, who specialized in the field of entertainment, and he will be sorely missed. 

Mr. Fitzgerald and Anne Gwynne (seen directly above) were great friends, and all of Ms. Gwynne's family admired him, not just for his work, but for who he was



Our deepest thanks to Mr. Stephen Potter, who has shared many pictures with us from his wonderful collection



We thank Mr. John Harding, who has been so inspirational in sharing his exceptional video collection, some scenes of which we hope to stream off the site one day

Thank you for visiting www.AnneGwynne.com,
The Official Website of
Actress Anne Gwynne
 


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