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Cause of death
  
Heart attack

Years active
  
1952–1987

Resting place
  
Cremated

Name
  
Geraldine Page

Alma mater
  
Role
  
Film actress

Occupation
  
Actress


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Born
  
November 22, 1924 (
1924-11-22
)

Died
  
June 13, 1987, New York City, New York, United States

Spouse
  
Rip Torn (m. 1963–1987), Alexander Schneider (m. 1954–1957)

Children
  
Angelica Page, Tony Torn, John Torn

Parents
  
Dr. Leon Elwin Page, Pearl Maize Page

Movies
  
Hondo, The Trip to Bountiful, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Beguiled, The Rescuers

Similar People
  
Rip Torn, Angelica Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Richard Brooks, Amy Wright

Geraldine page wins best actress 1986 oscars


Geraldine Sue Page (November 22, 1924 – June 13, 1987) was an American film, television and stage actress. An eight-time Academy Award nominee, she was nominated for Hondo (1953), Summer and Smoke (1961), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), You're a Big Boy Now (1966), Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), Interiors (1978) and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), before winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful (1985).

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Page made her Broadway debut in 1953 and went on to receive Tony Award nominations for Sweet Bird of Youth (1959–60), Absurd Person Singular (1974–75), Agnes of God (1982) and Blithe Spirit (1987). She won Golden Globe Awards for Summer and Smoke (1961) and Sweet Bird of Youth (1962); Emmy Awards for A Christmas Memory (1966) and The Thanksgiving Visitor (1967), both written by Truman Capote, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Interiors. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1983.

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Youth and education

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Page was born in Kirksville, Missouri. She was the daughter of Edna Pearl (née Maize) and Leon Elwin Page, who worked at Andrew Taylor Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery (combined with the American School of Osteopathy, eventually to form A.T. Still University). He was an author whose works included Practical Anatomy (1925), Osteopathic Fundamentals (1926), and The Old Doctor (1932). She had a younger brother, Frederick.

After graduating from Chicago's Englewood Technical Prep Academy in Chicago, Illinois, she attended the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago (later renamed The Theatre School at DePaul University) in Chicago and later studied acting with Uta Hagen in New York City.

Stage

Page was a trained method actor and worked closely with Lee Strasberg. She began appearing in stock theatre at age 17. Her appearance as Alma in the 1952 production of Summer and Smoke, written by Tennessee Williams and staged at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City's Greenwich Village, was legendary.

Her work continued on Broadway as the spinster in the 1954–1955 production of The Rainmaker, written by N. Richard Nash; and as the frustrated wife whose husband becomes romantically obsessed with a young Arab, played by James Dean, in the 1954 production of The Immoralist, written by Augustus Goetz and Ruth Goetz and based on the novel of the same name (1902) by André Gide.

She earned critical accolades for her performance in the 1959 production of Williams's Sweet Bird of Youth opposite Paul Newman. She originated the role of a larger-than-life, addicted, sexually voracious Hollywood legend trying to extinguish her fears about her career with a young hustler named Chance Wayne, played by Newman. For her performance, Page received her first nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, as well as the Sarah Siddons Award for her performance in Chicago. She and Newman later starred in the film adaptation of the same name (1962) and Page earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film.

In 1964, she starred in a Broadway revival of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters playing eldest sister Olga to Kim Stanley's Masha with Barbara Baxley as the interloper Natasha (Shelley Winters would later play this role in the film adaptation). Both Shirley Knight and Sandy Dennis played the youngest sister Irina at different stages in this production. It was directed by Lee Strasberg (and a version of it was preserved on film). In 1967, Page starred in Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy/White Lies, a production which also included Michael Crawford and Lynn Redgrave, who were making their Broadway debuts.

Page received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play (her second Tony Award nomination) for the 1975 production of Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular with Sandy Dennis and Richard Kiley.

Page also starred as Zelda Fitzgerald in the last major Broadway production of a Williams play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, which did not succeed financially on Broadway in 1980.

In 1973, she played Mary Todd Lincoln opposite Maya Angelou in the Broadway production of the two-character play Look Away, written by Jerome Kilty.

Page starred as the secretive nun Mother Miriam Ruth in the Broadway production of Agnes of God, which opened in 1982 and ran for 599 performances with Page performing in nearly all of them; for her role, she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In 1983, Page was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Also in 1983, Geraldine Page invited the young actress Sabra Jones Strasberg to her dressing room at the Music Box, where Geraldine was playing the mother superior in Agnes of God, to advise Sabra in forming a classic theatre based on alternating repertory. This became the Mirror Theater Ltd with its repertory program the Mirror Repertory, and Geraldine accepted the role of Founding Artist in Residence. Page went on in that capacity until she died, performing in Inheritors by Susan Glaspell, Paradise Lost by Clifford Odets, Rain by John Colton (based on the short story "Miss Thompson" by W. Somerset Maugham), Vivat! Vivat Regina! by Robert Bolt (in which she played Elizabeth I), Clarence by Booth Tarkington, and The Madwoman of Chaillot (in which she played the Madwoman to great acclaim). She also appeared in The Circle by W. Somerset Maugham. It was during this production that she received the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Trip to Bountiful and thanked The Mirror Theater Ltd on worldwide television. She received the award from F. Murray Abraham, who, after winning his Oscar for Amadeus, also joined the Mirror Repertory Company to play the rag-picker in the Madwoman of Chaillot.

After winning an Academy Award in 1986, Page returned to Broadway in a revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit as "Madame Arcati". The production was Page's last. She was again nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She did not win, and several days after the awards ceremony, she died. The show lasted several weeks more, with co-star actress Patricia Conolly taking over Page's role.

Film

Geraldine's official film debut and role in Hondo, opposite John Wayne, garnered her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. "Actually Hondo wasn't my first movie. I had one small, but satisfactory scene in a Dan Dailey picture called Taxi, which was filmed in New York" - Geraldine Page. In all, despite her relatively small filmography, Page received eight Academy Award nominations. She finally won the Oscar in 1986 for her performance in The Trip to Bountiful, which was based on a play by Horton Foote.

When she won (F. Murray Abraham, upon opening the envelope, exclaimed, "I consider this woman the greatest actress in the English language"), she received a standing ovation from the audience. 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 included Academy Award-nominated performances in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, Sweet Bird of Youth, You're a Big Boy Now, Pete 'n' Tillie, Woody Allen's Interiors and The Pope of Greenwich Village.

In 1963, Page starred in Toys in the Attic, based on Lillian Hellman's play of the same name, and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. She received another nomination the following year starring in Delbert Mann's Dear Heart as a self-sufficient but lonely postmistress visiting New York City for a convention, finding love with a greeting card salesman.

In 1969, Page appeared opposite Ruth Gordon in What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?, the third and final film in the Robert Aldrich-produced trilogy which followed What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). The film is based on the novel The Forbidden Garden from Ursula Curtiss and features Page as Claire Marrable, a recently widowed socialite, who, upon discovering that her husband has left her virtually nothing, hires a number of unsuspecting housekeepers whom she murders one by one and robs them of their life savings in order to keep up her extravagant lifestyle. However, her latest hire (Gordon) is determined to discover the whereabouts of one of the previous housekeepers.

She has also appeared in roles such as a repressed schoolmistress in the Clint Eastwood film The Beguiled; a charismatic evangelist (modeled after Aimee Semple McPherson) in The Day of the Locust; a nun, Sister Walburga, in Nasty Habits; and as "Aunt Beverly" in Harry's War. Her final film was the 1987 Mary Stuart Masterson film My Little Girl, which featured the film debut of Jennifer Lopez. She also was a voice actress and voiced the villainous Madame Medusa in the Disney animated film The Rescuers.

Television

She performed in various television shows in the 1950s through the 1980s, including movies and series, such as Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, and several episodes of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, including "The Sins of the Fathers" and "Something in the Woodwork".

In 1959, Page was an Emmy nominee, of Best Single Performance by an Actress, for her role on an episode of Playhouse 90. Page later received two Emmy Awards for her work in adaptations of Truman Capote stories. In 1967, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama for her performance in A Christmas Memory on ABC Stage 67. In 1969, she received an Emmy for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in The Thanksgiving Visitor.

Personal life

Page was married to violinist Alexander Schneider from 1954-57. On September 8, 1963, she married actor Rip Torn, who was six years her junior, in Pinal, Arizona. They remained married until her death. Page bore him three children, a daughter (actress Angelica Page) and twin sons, actor Tony Torn, and Northern Arizona University professor John Torn.

Death

Page, who suffered from kidney disease, died of a heart attack in 1987 during a run on Broadway in Sir Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Neil Simon Theatre. She did not arrive for either of the show's two June 13 performances; at the end of the evening performance, the play's producer announced that she had died at the age of 62.

Five days after her death, "an overflow crowd of colleagues, friends and fans", including Sissy Spacek, James Earl Jones, Amanda Plummer, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, and husband Rip Torn filled the Neil Simon Theatre to pay tribute.

Her achievements as a stage actress and teacher were highlighted; actress Anne Jackson stated at the tribute that "[Page] used a stage like no one else I'd ever seen. It was like playing tennis with someone who had 26 arms." Rip Torn called her "Mi corazon, mi alma, mi esposa" ("My heart, my soul, my wife") and said they had "never stopped being lovers, and ... never will." Page was cremated.

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Filmography

Actress
1987
Riders to the Sea as
Maurya
1986
Native Son as
Peggy
1986
Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story (TV Movie) as
Itta Halaunbrenner
1986
My Little Girl as
Molly
1986
American Playhouse (TV Series) as
Sally Phelps
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1986) - Sally Phelps
1985
The Trip to Bountiful as
Mrs. Watts
1985
The Hitchhiker (TV Series) as
Lynette 'Mama' Powers
- W.G.O.D. (1985) - Lynette 'Mama' Powers
1985
White Nights as
Anne Wyatt
1985
Walls of Glass as
Mama
1985
The Bride as
Mrs. Baumann
1984
The Pope of Greenwich Village as
Mrs. Ritter
1984
The Dollmaker (TV Movie) as
Mrs. Kendrick
1984
The Parade (TV Movie) as
Sarah
1983
Loving (TV Series) as
Amelia Whitley
- Pilot (1983) - Amelia Whitley
1982
The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini Series) as
Mrs. Lovelace
- Part 3 (1982) - Mrs. Lovelace
- Part 2 (1982) - Mrs. Lovelace (credit only)
- Part 1 (1982) - Mrs. Lovelace (credit only)
1982
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can as
Jean Scott Martin
1981
Honky Tonk Freeway as
Sister Mary Clarise
1981
Harry's War as
'Aunt' Beverly
1978
Interiors as
Eve
1977
Hawaii Five-O (TV Series) as
Philomena Underwood
- The Descent of the Torches (1977) - Philomena Underwood
1977
The Rescuers as
Madame Medusa (voice)
1977
Something for Joey (TV Movie) as
Ann Cappelletti
1977
Nasty Habits as
Walburga
1976
Kojak (TV Series) as
Edna Morrison
- A Shield for Murder: Part 2 (1976) - Edna Morrison
- A Shield for Murder: Part 1 (1976) - Edna Morrison
1975
The Day of the Locust as
Big Sister
1974
Live Again, Die Again (TV Movie) as
Mrs. O'Neill
1973
Happy as the Grass Was Green as
Anna Witmer
1973
The Snoop Sisters (TV Series) as
Olivia Cunningham
- Corpse and Robbers (1973) - Olivia Cunningham
1972
Night Gallery (TV Series) as
Molly Wheatland / Mrs. Evans (segment "The Sins of the Fathers") / Frances Turchin (segment "Stop Killing Me")
- Something in the Woodwork (1973) - Molly Wheatland
- The Sins of the Fathers/You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore (1972) - Mrs. Evans (segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
- Deliveries in the Rear/Stop Killing Me/Dead Weight (1972) - Frances Turchin (segment "Stop Killing Me")
1972
Pete 'n' Tillie as
Gertrude
1972
Circle of Fear (TV Series) as
Hattie
- Touch of Madness (1972) - Hattie
1972
Medical Center (TV Series) as
Ellen Davis
- Betrayed (1972) - Ellen Davis
1972
Look Homeward, Angel (TV Movie) as
Eliza Gant
1972
Hollywood Television Theater: Two by Chekhov (TV Movie)
1971
J W Coop as
Mama
1971
Montserrat (TV Movie) as
Felisa
1971
The Beguiled as
Martha
1971
The Name of the Game (TV Series) as
Sister Lucia
- A Sister from Napoli (1971) - Sister Lucia
1969
Trilogy as
Woman (segment "A Christmas Memory")
1969
What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? as
Mrs. Marrable
1969
NBC Children's Theatre (TV Series) as
Narrator
- Little Women (1969) - Narrator
1968
The Thanksgiving Visitor (TV Movie) as
Miss Sook
1967
The Happiest Millionaire as
Mrs. Duke
1967
Monday's Child as
Carol Richardson
1966
The Three Sisters as
Olga
1966
ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) as
Woman
- A Christmas Memory (1966) - Woman
1966
You're a Big Boy Now as
Margery Chanticleer
1966
Barefoot in Athens (TV Movie) as
Xantippe
1966
The Long, Hot Summer (TV Series) as
Maribelle Kirkpatrick
- Evil Angel (1966) - Maribelle Kirkpatrick
1964
Dear Heart as
Evie Jackson
1963
Toys in the Attic as
Carrie Berniers / Julian's sister
1962
Sweet Bird of Youth as
Alexandra Del Lago
1961
Summer and Smoke as
Alma Winemiller
1959
Sunday Showcase (TV Series) as
Virginia Reed
- People Kill People Sometimes (1959) - Virginia Reed
1958
Playhouse 90 (TV Series) as
Young Woman / Florry
- Old Man (1958) - Young Woman
- Portrait of a Murderer (1958) - Florry
1958
General Electric Theater (TV Series) as
Heddie
- No Hiding Place (1958) - Heddie
1957
Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Fire and Ice (1957)
1955
The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) as
Estelle / Marian
- The Hill Wife (1957) - Estelle
- Shoot It Again (1955) - Marian
1955
Matinee Theatre (TV Series) as
Miss Myrtle
- An Apple for Miss Myrtle (1955) - Miss Myrtle
1955
Windows (TV Series) as
the Woman Alcoholic
- A Domestic Dilemma (1955) - the Woman Alcoholic
1955
Omnibus (TV Series) as
Governess (segment "The Turn of the Screw")
- The Turn of the Screw (1955) - Governess (segment "The Turn of the Screw")
1954
The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Miss Look-Alike (1954)
1953
Hondo as
Angie Lowe
1953
Taxi as
Florence Albert (uncredited)
1952
Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- The Fall Guy (1952)
1952
Studio One (TV Series)
- The Shadowy Third (1952)
1952
Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) as
Neighbor
- The Lesson (1952) - Neighbor
Soundtrack
1985
The Trip to Bountiful (performer: "Blessed Assurance")
1967
The Happiest Millionaire (performer: "There are Those" - uncredited)
Self
1987
The 41st Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1987
Cinema 3 (TV Series) as
Self - Interviewee
- Episode dated 23 February 1987 (1987) - Self - Interviewee
1986
Acteur studio (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 1 December 1986 (1986) - Self
1986
The 58th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Winner
1986
Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary (TV Special) as
Self
1985
The 57th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1983
Tom Cottle: Up Close (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.78 (1983) - Self
1982
The 36th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1981
The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) as
Self / Madam Medusa
- Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life (1981) - Self / Madam Medusa (voice)
1966
Today (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 5 January 1981 (1981) - Self - Guest
- Episode dated 4 February 1966 (1966) - Self - Guest
1979
The 51st Annual Academy Awards (TV Special documentary) as
Self - Nominee
1975
The 29th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1974
The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode #13.163 (1974) - Self - Guest
1972
The Galloping Gourmet (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 11 April 1972 (1972) - Self
1971
McLean and Company (TV Series) as
Self
- Rip Torn and Geraldine Paige (1971) - Self
1967
The 24th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1963
What's My Line? (TV Series) as
Self - Mystery Guest
- Dick Tiger & Geraldine Page (1963) - Self - Mystery Guest
1963
The 35th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1962
The 16th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1962
The 34th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1962
The 19th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Winner
1961
The 15th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1959
The Mike Wallace Interview (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode #3.31 (1959) - Self - Guest
1958
The Ben Hecht Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode #1.24 (1958) - Self - Guest
1954
The Cassini Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode #1.4 (1954) - Self - Guest
1954
The 26th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1951
Your Show of Shows (TV Series) as
Self - Guest Performer
- Episode #3.7 (1951) - Self - Guest Performer
Archive Footage
2020
The Hollywood Moment at Home Edition (TV Series) as
Self
- S1.E6 BJ Korros/Melody Thomas Scott (2020) - Self
2018
Jane Fonda in Five Acts (Documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
2010
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews (TV Series) as
Madame Medusa
- The Rescuers (2010) - Madame Medusa
2005
Return to Bountiful (Video documentary short) as
Mrs. Watts
1995
50 Years of Funny Females (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1994
American Masters (TV Series documentary) as
Alexandra Del Lago / Alma Winemiller
- Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage (1994) - Alexandra Del Lago / Alma Winemiller
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
- Miss America Kimberly Clarice Aiken/Daphne Zuniga/Wade Boggs (1993)
1992
Oscar's Greatest Moments (Video documentary) as
Self
1977
The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) as
Madame Medusa
- Disney's Greatest Villains (1977) - Madame Medusa
1963
Hollywood: The Great Stars (TV Movie documentary) as
Carrie Berniers (uncredited)

References

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