Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Anna Q. Nilsson, 1888-1974

Today marks the birth anniversary of silent-era actress Anna Q. Nilsson, who was born on this day in 1888. One of Nilsson's more interesting roles, however, came later in life, when she was tapped to appear in Sunset Blvd., as one of the old friends of Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) who visits once a week to play bridge. Nilsson appears along with fellow silent stars Buster Keaton and H.B. Warner; Joe Gillis (William Holden) refers to them as "the waxworks".

Here's a copy of Nilsson's 1912 movie The Confederate Ironclad; I think it's complete and since it's from 1912, it's definitely in the public domain. Nilsson plays the Union spy.

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