Ann Savage

Happy birthday to actress Ann Savage, born February 19, 1921 in Columbia, SC.  After her father died when she was four years old, Savage and her mother settled in Los Angeles.  While in high school, Savage screen tested at MGM but was annsavagerejected, prompting her to take acting lessons at the Max Reinhardt workshop, which eventually led to a contract at Columbia.  She made her screen debut in One Dangerous Night (1943) and would appear in 16 more, mostly low-budget, features throughout 1943-44, including What a Woman! (1943) with Rosalind Russell, Passport to Suez (1943) with Eric Blore, and three films with Tom Neal: Klondike Kate (1943), Two Man Submarine (1944), and The Unwritten Code (1944).  The following year, Savage entered film noir territory with roles in The Spider (1945) with Richard Conte, Apology for Murder (1945) with Hugh Beaumont, and Detour (1945) with Tom Neal.  She made a handful of largely forgettable films for the remainder of the 1940s and early 50s, including guest appearances in various television dramas, before retiring in the mid-1950s.  However Savage’s popularity among film noir fans was about to explode in the following decades.  Because it fell into the public domain early, Detour became widely syndicated on television and eventually available on cheap VHS releases, all of which helped the film acquire a substantial cult following and immortalized Savage as one of the iconic femme fatales of classic film noir.  This newfound appreciation resulted in frequent invitations for Savage to appear at film noir conventions and festivals, as she enjoyed a resurgence of popularity and admiration from younger generations of film fans.  She made her final film appearance, after decades of retirement, in My Winnipeg (2007).  Savage died of complications from multiple strokes in 2008 at age 87.

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