Friday, 13 June 2014

Annabella - Total Glamour

This original etching by Frank Martin (1921-2005) is titled just "Annabella", no second name. An actress ??

Yes. “Annabella” was the stage name of the French actress Suzanne Georgette Charpentier (1907-1996). Annabella was a star of French movies during the 1930′s before moving to Hollywood in 1938, where she met and married Tyrone Power. She appeared in over 40 films from 1927 until the 1950′s.

Annabella's film career statred when her father, a film producer, gave her a small part in Napoléon in 1927 and soon established herself as a star with the film Le Million. In 1936 she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Veille d'armes (1935).

She was cast as the female lead in the British-made film Wings of the Morning (1937) opposite Henry Fonda. By then she was under contract to 20th Century Fox, which led her America and Hollywood, appearing in Suez (1938) with Loretta Young and Tyrone Power. Her romance with Power was widely reported by movie magazines of the day. Darryl Zanuck, movie mogul at 20th Century-Fox, did not want his matinee idol married. He offered Annabella a multi-movie deal that would take her overseas but she married Power on April 23, 1939.

Darryl F. Zanuck, angry with her for marrying his top box office star did not cast her in movies despite Annabella’s contract with 20th Century-Fox. Neither was she loaned out to other studios forcing her to appear on the stage. Whilst Annabella had an affair with author Roald Dahl; she refused to give Power a divorce to marry Judy Garland.

 Annabella died, aged 89 from a heart attack and is burried in Passy Cemetery.
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