Anita Stewart (Anita Stewart)

Anita Stewart

Actress. She performed in silent motion pictures for Vitagraph Studios. She signed with LB Mayer before her contract with Vitagraph expired resulting in a landmark lawsuit. She began her career in motion pictures at Edison’s Vitagraph Studio on Long Island . She later moved to Hollywood as the premier star in Louis B. Mayer’s company. Breaking her contract with Vitagraph to move to Hollywood resulted in a landmark court case that colored studio-star relationships for years. Her older sister Lucille Lee Stewart and younger brother George also appeared in many movies. Anita, noted for her beauty, singing ability and acting talent, made nearly 100 movies, including a serial, between 1911 and 1928, at one point rivaling the popularity of Mary Pickford. In 1919 alone, a dozen of her films were released. In 1917, Anita married Rudolph Cameron, also a movie actor. After his death she married George Peabody Converse in 1929. By 1925, Anita Stewart had feuded with LB Mayer resulting in the best roles passing her by. For a short period Anita became an independent film producer, one of the first women to do so. When the talkies came in she only appeared in a few of them and then retired. The timing of that retirement followed the death of her first husband, the marriage break up of her sister, the near fatal beating of her brother George at the hands of his sister Lucille’s husband director-actor Ralph Ince, and the incredible loss of life and prestige of her Hollywood community at that time. Eventually she wrote a book entitled “The Devil’s Toy” while a work or fiction, depicted some of the tribulations of the entertainment business of that day. Anita remained resilient to scandal and died in 1961 at age 66. Her film credits include Wood Violet (1912), Clovers Rebellion (1917), The Fighting Shepherdess, (1920), Hollywood, (1923), Never the Twain Shall Meet (1925), (believed to be her best) , Whispering Wires, (1926). (Bio by G. Beek Nee Stewart) . Cause of death: Heart attack

Born

  • February, 07, 1902
  • USA

Died

  • May, 05, 1961
  • USA

Cause of Death

  • Heart attack

Cemetery

  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
  • California
  • USA

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