Job Actress
Years active 1931-75
Known for Hard-working and wise mothers; sympathetic and sometimes sharp-tongued friends
Top Roles Mrs. Brown, Abigail Wells, Crazy Mary, Louise Soubirous, Mrs. Betsy Norton
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Mystery, Film Adaptation, Crime
Top TopicsBook-Based, Based on Play, Priests, Ministers, Clergy, Nuns
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Director), (Director)
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Anne Revere Overview:

Legendary character actress, Anne Revere, was born on Jun 25, 1903 in New York City, NY. Revere appeared in 45 film and TV roles. Her best known films include The Howards of Virginia, The Flame of New Orleans, The Song of Bernadette, National Velvet, Body and Soul, Gentleman's Agreement and A Place in the Sun. Revere died at the age of 87 on Dec 18, 1990 in Locust Valley, NY and was laid to rest in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA.


Anne Revere played her share of hard-working and wise mothers, as well as sympathetic and sometimes sharp-tongued friends. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Elizabeth Taylor's mother in National Velvet, and was nominated twice more for The Song of Bernadette (as Jennifer Jones' mother) and Gentleman's Agreement (as Gregory Peck's mother). After the release of A Place in the Sun (1951), her film career was stalled for almost 20 years due to the McCarthy blacklistings. Although she appeared on TV a handful of times during the 1960s, she would not return to films until 1970 with the release of Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970).

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).


Anne Revere was a direct descendant of American Revolution Hero Paul Revere.



Anne Revere was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actress for National Velvet (as Mrs. Brown) in 1945.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1943Best Supporting ActressThe Song of Bernadette (1943)Louise SoubirousNominated
1945Best Supporting ActressNational Velvet (1944)Mrs. BrownWon
1947Best Supporting ActressGentleman's Agreement (1947)Mrs. GreenNominated

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: June 25, 1903 to December 18, 1990 Closest Thing to Biography Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (And a Few You Love to Hate)By Turner Classic Movies and Richard Corliss, Simon & Schuster, 2014 Played Moms and Neurotics but Was Neither Actu... Read full article

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By Annmarie Gatti on Jun 25, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born June 25, 1903 Character Actress ! appeared in over 45 film and TV roles. She played her share of hard-working and wise mothers, as well as sympathetic and sometimes sharp-tongued friends.? She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for National Velvet and was nominated ... Read full article

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Anne Revere Quotes:

Mr. Herbert Brown: It's one thing to out-think a man, quite another to outsmart him.
Mrs. Brown: And who will say which is which?

Mrs. Green: You think there's enough anti-Semitism in life already without people reading about it?
Phil Green: No, but this story is doomed before I start. What can I say about anti-Semitism that hasn't been said before?
Mrs. Green: Maybe it hasn't been said well enough. If it had, you wouldn't have had to explain it to Tommy right now.

[Mrs. Brown is talking with Velvet in the attic]
Mrs. Brown: We're alike. I, too, believe that everyone should have a chance at a breathtaking piece of folly once in his life. I was twenty when they said a woman couldn't swim the Channel. You're twelve; you think a horse of yours can win the Grand National. Your dream has come early; but remember, Velvet, it will have to last you all the rest of your life.

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Anne Revere Facts
Was considered for the part of Mrs. Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), but Beulah Bondi was cast instead.

Won Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Arttic."

She was a descendant of American Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere.

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