Savage, Ann: Actress of Film Noir (Detour) Dies at 87

Dec 28, 2008–Ann Savage, an actress who played femme fatale roles in pulp fiction films, died at 87.  She made her mark in film noir in Detour, Apology For Murder and Scared Stiff, all made in the 1940s. She also appeared in B movies such as Dark Horse, Jungle Fight and Satan's Cradle.

She passed away at a nursing home in Los Angeles on Christmas Day from complications after a series of strokes.

It was in Detour that Savage made her mark, playing a woman ruthlessly blackmailing a stranger, played by Tom Neal. 

She most recently appeared as Guy Maddin's mother in his acclaimed film My Winnipeg, a personal portrait of his hometown. According to Adamson, Maddin is a big fan of Detour. Used to portraying ice princesses, Maddin said he chose Savage because she “would have scared the pants off Bette Davis.”

Savage has more than 30 films to her credit but virtually disappeared after the mid-1950s.  Born Bernice Maxine Lyon in Columbia, S.C., on Feb. 19, 1921, Savage was on the move constantly as a toddler as her father, a U.S. Army officer, was moved from base to base.

After her father died when she was only four years old, Ann's mother took the two of them to Los Angeles.

She trained at Max Reinhardt's acting school and married the school's manager, Bert D'Armand, who was her agent.  The two lived in New York City after Savage's career waned in the 1950s. She remained there until her husband's death in 1969, before moving back to Los Angeles.