Oscar Politics: Revere, Anne

The 1944 Supporting Actress winner, Anne Revere, for National Velvet, was at the peak of her craft when she was blacklisted for taking the Fifth Amendment before the HUAC, on April 17, 1951. By that time, Revere made over thirty films.

Revere's part in A Place in the Sun, in which she played Montgomery Clift's mother, was severely cut, leaving only a few of her scenes. Rumor has it that actor Larry Parks named Revere (along with others) as a member of the Communist Party. Revere was out of work for close to a decade.

However, like many other performers, she found rescue in the Broadway theater, winning a Tony Award for Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic. Audacious director Otto Preminger, who helped restore the careers of many blacklisted artists, facilitated Revere's comeback in his movie Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, but at sixty'seven, she was too old to resume an active screen career.