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Geraldine Page, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Page in SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH.

Geraldine Page: Geraldine Page, Best Actress 1985: MovieActors.com

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THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL (Drama – PG)

Geraldine Page won for her performance as a mother traveling to her childhood town of Bountiful, TX.



About Geraldine Page (1924 – 1987)

Geraldine Sue Page was born on November 22nd, 1924, in Kirksville, Missouri. Her father, Dr. Leon Elwin Page, was a physician of Osteopathic Medicine and her mother, Pearl Maize Page, a homemaker. The family moved to Chicago five years later.

Geraldine joined the drama club at her church, and at once fell in love with the thespian world, reading all the plays she could get her hands on, and perusing all she could find on the actors of her day. Page studied at the Goodman Theater School. Geraldine Page cofounded a summer stock theater company in Lake Zurich, outside of Chicago.

Geraldine Page moved to New York after graduation, but did not finding acting jobs at that time. She worked back home in summer stock and upstate New York. Then in 1948, she began working in New York and made her Broadway debut in 1953.

Geraldine truly oved being on the stage. "I didn't want to be a Hollywood actress who every so often does a Broadway play. I wanted to be a Broadway actress who every so often does a movie."

Also in 1953, Geraldine Page began working in films. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar for her performance in the western, HONDO, in which she worked with the talented John Wayne.

In 1963, Geraldine married the love of her life, Rip Torn. They had three children: actress Angela Page, and twin sons; actor Tony Torn, and Northern Arizona University professor, Jon Torn.

Page continued working both on the stage and in movies. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in 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).

In the 1985 movie, TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, Page portrayed Carrie Watts. This films was a 1940's story of a gal who escapes her meddling son and scrappy daughter-in-law family in Houston, and travels to a small Texas town to revisit her roots. After many nominations and no wins Geraldine Page won the Best Actress Oscar as a result of this performance.

Page was also nominated for:

SUMMER AND SMOKE (61 - Actress)
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (62 - Actress)
INTERIORS (78 - Actress)
HONDO (53 - Supporting)
YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW (66 - Supporting)
PETE 'N' TILLIE (72 - Supporting)
THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE (84 - Supporting)

Geraldine Page's notable movie credits include...

DEAR HEART (1964)
THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE (1967)
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO AUNT ALICE? (1969)
THE BEGUILED (1971)
J.W. COOP (1971)
THE DAY OF THE LOCUST (1975)
NASTY HABITS (1977)
INTERIORS (BFA) (1978)
HONKY TONK FREEWAY (1981)
HARRY'S WAR (1981)
WHITE NIGHTS (1985)
THE BRIDE (1985)
WALLS OF GLASS (1985)
NATIVE SON (1986)
MY LITTLE GIRL (1986)
RIDERS TO THE SEA (1987)

Geraldine Page's television credits include...

LIVE AGAIN, DIE AGAIN (1974)
SOMETHING FOR JOEY (1977)
NAZI HUNTER (1986)
THE BLUE AND THE GRAY (mini-series) (1982)
THE PARADE (1984)
THE DOLLMAKER (1984)
ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1985)

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Geraldine Page in SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1962).