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'Speedway' star with her Isotta.


Speedway star with her Isotta.
There is something alluring about this picture of a beautiful young lady sitting on the bumper of an enormous car with enormous headlamps, so we though we would dig deeper and find out what we could.
anitapage-largeHer name is Anita Page, star of the silent movie, and since she lived until 98 she enjoyed fame as being known as 'the last star of the silents'. 
She was a family girl and employed her father as her chauffeur, mother as secretary and brother as gym instructor - and then surprised everyone by announcing her retirement aged 23. It is said she rejected the sexual advances of MGM head of production, Louis B. Mayer, and he ensured she and other 'uncooperative' actresses found no work.

anitapagemirrorAt the height of her career in the 1920s, she was known as "the girl with the most beautiful face in Hollywood"  and it is said she received more fan mail than any other female star, with the exception of Greta Garbo, and received multiple marriage proposals from Benito Mussolini.
At the time, she was romantically involved with Clark Gable so poor old Benito didn't stand a chance.

She starred in a 1929 film called 'Speedway' - has anybody seen it I wonder? ( There are some stills from it HERE.)   Oh, and by the way, her car is an Isotta Fraschini Roadster C 1929.

Text Robin Batchelor, pictures from archive.

Comments 

 
#8 2017-09-09 07:16
That is dedication- I didn't notice the cars at all !!

Cheers, Tony.
 
 
#7 2017-09-08 16:35
You mean Speedway with William Haines? Never saw it.
 
 
#6 2017-09-08 14:51
ANITA would have loved the 1968 remake of SPEEDWAY, but do not be so sure that BENITO had not stood the chance.
 
 
#5 2017-09-08 13:34
Yes, 100% a Cadillac of the early 1930s!!
 
 
#4 2017-09-08 09:52
Its a beautiful girl and the car also, but I like the rearviewmirror.
 
 
#3 2017-09-08 08:52
Not a movie I've seen but it has been released on DVD (Region 1 only). Sections of it were filmed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (the DVD cover features a picture clearly taken there) and there is also footage of the 1929 Indianapolis 500, featuring the winner Ray Keech. Keech would never have seen himself on screen though - he lost his life just sixteen days later when he crashed during a race at Altoona Speedway.
 
 
#2 2017-09-08 08:45
The roadster that Anita is sitting in is a 1929 Packard. The other two pics are of a 1929 Cadillac - probably a Fleetwood limousine of some sort.
 
 
#1 2017-09-08 01:13
Main photos Cadillac (probably V16 Fleetwood Town Car) The roadster in the film stills is American also.
 

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