Anne Revere was born in New York City on June 25, 1903. She was the daughter of Clinton Revere, a stockbroker and a direct descendant of Paul Revere, and Harriette Winn. After graduating from Welleseley College in 1926, where she studied acting, Revere taught at the Horace Mann School. At the same time, she continued her studies at the American Laboratory School in New York and then found work in stock and repertory companies. Revere debuted on Broadway in 1931 in The Great Barrington, but gained critical attention for her performance as Martha Dobie in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour in 1934.
She first appeared on film in 1934, in the adaptation of a role in Double Door that she had originated on Broadway, returning in 1939. She won an academy award in 1945 for her portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor’s mother in National Velvet.
Revere continued to portray mothers in a series of critically acclaimed films, including The Song of Bernadette (1943), Gentleman’s Agreement (1945), Body and Soul (1947), and A Place in the Sun (1951) in a career that included over 39 films.1 Blacklisted by anti-communists for her support for the Hollywood Ten and her leadership in the Screen Actors’ Guild, A Place in the Sun would be Revere’s last film.
In 1962, television director Joseph Hardy fought for Revere to appear in the popular soap opera A Time for Us. ABC finally agreed to cast Revere in the role and after that Revere appeared frequently in television soap operas like The Edge of Night, Search for Tomorrow, and Ryan’s Hope. .2
Revere married theatre director Samuel Rosen in 1935. The two remained married until his death in 1984. Revere died in her Long Island Home on December 18, 1990.