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Page, Geraldine

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
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Samuel L. Leiter

Page, Geraldine 

(1924–87)

American actress. The Missouri-born Page trained at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and made her New York debut with Off-Broadway's Blackfriars Guild in 1945. After years of summer and winter stock, she joined Off-Broadway's Circle in the Square, making her breakthrough as the spinster Alma Winemiller in a renowned revival of Summer and Smoke (1952) that demonstrated her affinity for Tennessee Williams heroines. In 1954, a year after her first appearance on Broadway, she had a hit as Lizzie in The Rainmaker (1954), which she also played in London. She appeared in sixteen other Broadway plays, including Sweet Bird of Youth (1959); Strange Interlude (1963) and The Three Sisters (1964), both produced by the Actors Studio, to which she belonged; Black Comedy/White Lies (1967); and Agnes of God (1982). Page acted in regional theatres, on television (she won two Emmys), and in 27 films. After seven nominations, she won the Academy award for The Trip to Bountiful (1985). She and her husband, actor Rip Torn, founded Off-Broadway's Sanctuary Theatre in 1976, and she belonged to the Mirror Repertory Company from 1983. Although often cast as flighty neurotics, she had a wide range and could be convincingly glamorous or frumpy.

Samuel L. Leiter