Lady Sonja


A former drama student at Missouri's Stephens College, redheaded leading lady Anne Gwynne was signed to a Universal Pictures contract in 1939. Pretty and vivacious, Gwynne was a welcome presence in Universal's "B" product, appearing in many of the studio's horror films (The Black Cat, The Strange Case of Dr. Rx, Weird Woman, House of Frankenstein et. al.). She also played the villainous Sonja in the 1940 serial Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe and appeared with Abbott and Costello in Ride 'Em Cowboy (1941). Free-lancing after
Anne Gwynne left Universal in 1945, Gwynne played Tess Trueheart in RKO's Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947). She left films briefly in the mid-1950s.  Gwynne was coaxed out retirement once more in 1970 for Adam at 6 AM, playing the wife of another veteran of Hollywood's "B" mills, Richard Derr. Anne Gwynne is the mother of actress Gwynne Gilford. 

By Hal Erickson All Movie Guide

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 studioís 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.  Anne Gwynne's film and television career spanned the years 1939 through 1970.

By Michael Fitzgerald

Ann Gwynne who starred in many classic Universal horror films of the 1940ís has died. She passed away March 31, 03 after suffering a stroke following surgery at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.

Miss Gwynne was looking forward to giving an online interview to the fans of this site. Unfortunately there  was not enough time.

 
Birth name
Marguerite Gwynne Trice
 
Date of birth (location)
10 December 1918,
Waco, Texas, USA
          Died March 31, 2003

 

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Filmography from imdb.com

  1. Adam at 6 A.M. (1970) .... Mrs. Gaines
  2. Peril from the Planet Mongo (1966) (TV) .... Sonja
  3. Purple Death from Outer Space (1966) (TV) .... Female Spy in Arboria
    ... aka Purple Death from Outer Space 1940 (1966) (TV) (promotional title)
  4. Teenage Monster (1957) .... Ruth Cannon
    ... aka Monster on the Hill (1957)
  5. Phantom of the Jungle (1955) .... Dr. Nancy Arlington
  6. Breakdown (1952) .... Candy Allen
  7. King of the Bullwhip (1951) .... Jane Kerrigan
  8. Black Tower (1950)
  9. Call of the Klondike (1950) .... Nancy Craig
  10. Blazing Sun, The (1950) .... Kitty
    ... aka Blazing Hills, The (1950) (USA)
  11. Arson, Inc. (1949) .... Jane Jennings
  12. Enchanted Valley, The (1948) .... Midge
  13. Panhandle (1948) .... June O'Carroll
  14. "Public Prosecutor" (1947) TV Series .... Prosecutor's assistant (1947-48)
  15. Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947) .... Tess Truehart
    ... aka Dick Tracy Meets Karloff (1947)
    ... aka Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure (1947) (UK)
  16. Killer Dill (1947) .... Judy Parker
  17. Ghost Goes Wild, The (1947) .... Phyllis Beecher
  18. Glass Alibi, The (1946) .... Belle Martin
  19. Fear (1946) .... Eileen Stevens/Cathy
  20. I Ring Doorbells (1946) .... Brooke
  21. House of Frankenstein (1944) .... Rita Hussman
  22. Murder in the Blue Room (1944) .... Nan Kirkland
  23. Babes on Swing Street (1944) .... Frances Carlyle
  24. South of Dixie (1944) .... Dixie Holister
  25. Moon Over Las Vegas (1944) .... Marion Corbett
  26. Weird Woman (1944) .... Paula Clayton Reed
  27. Ladies Courageous (1944) .... Jerry Vail
    ... aka Fury in the Sky (1944) (USA: reissue title)
  28. Top Man (1943) .... Pat Warren
    ... aka Man of the Family (1943) (UK)
  29. We've Never Been Licked (1943) .... Nina Lambert
    ... aka Fighting Command (1943) (USA: reissue title)
    ... aka Texas to Tokyo (1943) (UK)
  30. Frontier Badmen (1943) .... Chris Prentice
  31. Keeping Fit (1942) .... Herself
  32. You're Telling Me (1942) .... Kit
  33. Broadway (1942) .... Pearl
  34. Sin Town (1942) .... Laura Kirby
  35. Men of Texas (1942) .... Jane Baxter Scott
    ... aka Men of Destiny (1942) (UK)
  36. Strange Case of Doctor Rx, The (1942) .... Kit Logan Church
  37. Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) .... Anne Shaw
  38. Jail House Blues (1942) .... Doris Daniels
  39. Don't Get Personal (1941) .... Susan Blair
  40. Tight Shoes (1941) .... Ritth
  41. Road Agent (1941) .... Patricia Leavitt
    ... aka Texas Road Agent (1953) (USA: reissue title)
  42. Melody Lane (1941) .... Patricia Reynolds
  43. Mob Town (1941) .... Marion Barker
  44. Nice Girl? (1941) .... Sylvia Dana
  45. Black Cat, The (1941) .... Elaine Winslow
  46. Washington Melodrama (1941) .... Mary Morgan
  47. Honeymoon Deferred (1940) .... Cecile Blades
  48. Spring Parade (1940) .... Jenny
  49. Give Us Wings (1940) .... Julie Mason
  50. Bad Man from Red Butte (1940) .... Tibby Mason
  51. Sandy Is a Lady (1940) .... Millie
  52. Man from Montreal, The (1940) .... Doris Blair
  53. Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) .... Sonja
    ... aka Perils from the Planet Mongo (1940) (USA: recut version)
    ... aka Purple Death from Outer Space (1940) (USA: recut version)
    ... aka Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe (1955) (USA: TV title)
  54. Black Friday (1940) .... Jean Sovac
  55. Framed (1940) (uncredited) .... Girl
  56. Little Accident (1939) (uncredited) .... Blonde Girl
  57. Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939) (uncredited)
  58. Oklahoma Frontier (1939) .... Janet Rankin
  59. Unexpected Father (1939) .... Kitty
    ... aka Sandy Takes a Bow (1939)

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