• annabella

 A piece of paper stuck to a page from an autograph album, signed by Annabella, the French cinema actress who appeared in 46 films between 1927 and 1952.Her start in movies came with a small part in NapolĂ©on in 1927 but it was not until she starred in Le Million that she became well known and over the following decade established herself as one of France's most popular cinema actresses. 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 then, under contract to 20th Century Fox, she traveled to America and appeared 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. She refused to leave Power, and on completion of Suez, she returned to France to obtain a divorce from her then-husband, Jean Murat. She and Power married on 23 April 1939. The two honeymooned in Rome. Within a few months, Annabella and Power had again flown to Europe to bring Annabella's mother back to live in their home, while her father and brother remained behind. Her brother was ultimately shot and killed by the Nazis. Annabella made a return trip to bring her daughter, Anne, back from France to live with them. While Power was away at war, Annabella embarked on an affair with author Roald Dahl; she had refused to give Power a divorce to marry Judy Garland, and her marriage was strained. Dahl told his wife, Liccy, that it was an intense and passionate relationship, during which Dahl learned a lot about sex from the actress. When Power returned from the war, the couple decided to try to make their marriage work once again. Annabella played the female lead in 13 Rue Madeleine (1947) opposite James Cagney. She and Power divorced in 1948, and Annabella returned to France. In 1952 she made her final film, and retired after a 1954 TV appearance.




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