Geraldine Page





11/22/1924 , Kirksville, Missouri



Birth Name




Geraldine Sue Page (November 22, 1924 - June 13 1987) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy award winning, Tony nominated actress.
Geraldine was born in Kirksville in Missouri to Dr. Leon Elwin Page and Pearl Maize Page, She had one sibling, an older brother, Donald.
Her first major step towards an acting career was in 1942, when, on completion of high school, she entered the Goodman Theater School on a three-year program. She finished at the school in 1945 but was unable to find work as an actress for the next three year until 1948 when she made her debut in an off-Broadway play. She continued stage acting for the next couple of years until her big break came in 1952 in the surprise off-Broadway Tennessee Williams' play Summer and Smoke, for which she would receive an Academy Award nomination in 1961 for the film

version of the play by the same name.
Geraldine's Broadway debut came in January 1953 in the critically-bashed play Mid-Summer.
Geraldine's big break on the silver screen would come in the Autumn of 1953 opposite John Wayne in Hondo, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Despite her success in Hondo, she failed to receive any further film roles and returned to stage acting. She was married to violinist Alexander Schneider from 1954 to 1957. She performed in a variety of critically acclaimed plays and in 1959 earned her first Tony Award nomination for Sweet Bird of Youth which in 1962, much like Summer and Smoke, would earn Geraldine an Academy Award nomination for the film version of the same name.
It was on the set of the stage version of Sweet Bird of Youth that Geraldine met Rip Torn, who she married in 1963, despite an age gap of 7 years.
After 1963, despite being both a highly sought after stage and film actress her career took a slight dip, until 1966 when she earned her fourth Oscar nomination for You're a Big Boy Now. She also had success in the medium of television in the late 60's with two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performance By a Leading Actress in a Mini-series or Made-for-television movie, for A Christmas Memory in 1967 and The Thanksgiving Visitor in 1969.
Her Broadway career took a turn for the better in 1972 when she received her second Tony nomination for Absurd Person Singular. It would however be 10 years later, in 1982, when she was nominated for another Tony for Agnes of God.
In 1985 Geraldine received her eight Oscar nomination for Trip to the Bountiful. She has never one before and Meryl Streep was considered the lock favourite to win for Out of Africa, however it was Geraldine who eventually won and it was Meryl who led the long standing ovation Geraldine received.
Even though she was suffering from kidney disease, and her husband Rip had been exposed for having an affair Geraldine continued to act in Broadway plays with her final one being Blithe Spirit for which she was nominated for her fourth Tony Award. Geraldine was considered favourite to win the award but didn't and died several days after the ceremony, without winning a Tony, even though she is most celebrated for her work in theatre.
In celebration of her work, a memorial service was held on Broadway in remembrance of Geraldine with such actress' as Jessica Tandy and Meryl Streep paying respect.


Playhouse 90 (1959) (nomination)
A Christmas Memory (1967) (win)
The Thanksgiving Visitor (1969) (win)


Supporting Actress:

Hondo (1953) (nomination)
You're a Big Boy Now (1966) (nomination)
Pete 'n' Tillie (1972) (nomination)
The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) (nomination)

Lead Actress:

Summer and Smoke (1961) (nomination)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) (nomination)
Interiors (1978) (nomination)
Trip to the Bountiful (1985) (win)


Best Actress (Dramatic):

Sweet Bird of Youth (1960)
Agnes of God (1982)
Blithe Spirit (1987)

Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic):

Absurd Person Singular (1975)


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama:

Summer and Smoke (1961) (win)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) (win)
Toys in the Attic (1963) (nomination)
Interiors (1978) (nomination)
Trip to the Bountiful (1985) (nomination)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

You're a Big Boy Now (1966) (nomination)
Pete 'n' Tillie (1972) (nomination)