GERALDINE PAGE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Geraldine Page was born on November 22nd, 1924 in Kirksville, Missouri with the middle name Page. her parents were Dr. Leon Elwin Page and Pearl Maize Page. Along with one older brother, at the age of five her family relocated to Chicago.
From a young age Page had an interest in anything creative, whether it be painting, singing and writing. As a teenager, she joined her church drama club and began performing in a number of church plays.
After finishing high school, page enrolled at Goodman Theater School and performed in a number of stage productions. After she completed three years studying drama she formed a summer stock company and at one time relocated to New York in search of employment as an actress. However, it was not so easy for Page to break into the industry on a professional level, therefore, she returned to Chicago and did some work as a drama instructor as well as a couple more summer stock productions to continue gaining experience as an amateur.
In 1948 she was finally given a chance in New York to perform in an Off-Broadway production called, "Seven Mirrors" and this role followed with a number of other small parts in Off-Broadway productions as well as some small radio parts playing various characters. She won the first ever Drama Critics Award for a non-Broadway production when she performed in, "Summer and Smoke" in 1952. It was this theatrical role that finally helped her gain the attention of Hollywood.
However, Page did not yet want to enter the film industry and instead continued with working on the radio and stage as well as some small television roles on such shows as, "Lux Video Theatre" and "Studio One in Hollywood" (both 1952). She finally got a chance to debut in her first Broadway show in, "Mid-Summer" in 1953.
Now with quite a few years of experience to justify her talent as an actress, Page began appearing in a number of films such as, "Taxi" (1953) and "Hondo" (1953) starring John Wayne for which she earned an Academy Award nomination.
Film roles were not being offered to Page, therefore, once again she returned back to New York and continued with her stage career appearing in such plays as, "The Immoralist", "The Rainmaker" and "Sweet Bird of Youth" for which she earned a Tony Award nomination.
Once again, Hollywood was now peaked by her talent and she decided to give the film industry another try. Page was seen in such films as, "Summer and Smoke" (1961) and "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1962), both which earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.
Finally, Page had proven herself to possess a talent as not only a stage actress but a film and television actress as well. She continued appearing on stage in such plays as, "Strange Interlude" and "The Three Sisters", however for the most part none of the productions she participated in ever reached the level of success of her early stage roles.
Page did also appear on a number of television series throughout her career in the industry such as, "The Long, Hot Summer", "NBC Children's Theaters", "Medical Center", "The Snoop Sisters", "Circle of Fear" and "The Blue and the Gray" among many other television movies as well.
Page is considered to be one of the most talented female actresses of her era. She had some memorable performances in a number of films such as, "Pete 'n' Tillie" (1972), earning an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress, "The Day of the Locust" (1975), "The Interiors" (1978) and voice over work on, "The Rescuers" (1977).
Along with her work in film she also found work teaching acting at the Pelian Theater School and co-founded the Mirror Repertory Company in 1983 which was an Off-Broadway theater that aided in preserving repertory theater.
Geraldine did not neglect her love of performing as a stage actress and earned a third Tony nomination for her role in the play, "Agnes of God" (1982). Although she was very busy still working as a stage actress and running the theater directing a number of productions, she still took on film roles.
Some other roles she is credited for are, "The Pope of Greenwich Village" (1984) and "The Trip to the Bountiful" (1985) for which she finally won her first Oscar Award.
Throughout her career she has received a number of honors such as receiving quite a few lifetime achievement awards and in 1983 she was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. She appeared in a total of twenty eight films throughout her career and received four Tony Award nominations, although she never brought one home.
Geraldine Page married twice throughout her lifetime, first to Alexander Schneider in 1954 but this marriage only lasted two yeas. She then married, Rip Torn in 1963 and they had three children and remained married until she passed away suddenly at the age of sixty two from a heart attack in New York City, New York.
1987 Riders to the Sea
1986 Native Son
1986 Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story
1986 My Little Girl
1986 American Playhouse
1985 The Trip to Bountiful
1985 The Hitchhiker
1985 White Nights
1985 Walls of Glass
1985 The Bride
1984 The Pope of Greenwich Village
1984 The Dollmaker
1984 The Parade
1982 The Blue and the Gray
1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway
1981 Harry's War
1977 Hawaii Five-O
1977 The Rescuers
1977 Something for Joey
1977 Nasty Habits
1975 The Day of the Locust
1974 Live Again, Die Again
1973 Happy as the Grass Was Green
1973 The Snoop Sisters
1972-1973 Rod Serling's Night Gallery
1972 Pete 'n' Tillie
1972 Circle of Fear
1972 Medical Center
1972 Look Homeward, Angel
1972 Hollywood Television Theater: Two by Chekhov
1971 J.W. Coop
1971 The Beguiled
1971 The Name of the Game
1969 What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?
1969 NBC Children's Theatre
1967 The Happiest Millionaire
1967 Monday's Child
1967 The Thanksgiving Visitor
1966 ABC Stage 67
1966 You're a Big Boy Now
1966 Barefoot in Athens
1966 The Long, Hot Summer
1966 The Three Sisters
1964 Dear Heart
1963 Toys in the Attic
1962 Sweet Bird of Youth
1961 Summer and Smoke
1959 Sunday Showcase
1958 Playhouse 90
1958 G.E. True Theater
1957 Kraft Theatre
1955-1957 The United States Steel Hour
1955 Matinee Theatre
1954 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
1952 Robert Montgomery Presents
1952 Studio One in Hollywood
1952 Lux Video Theatre