Born 1921 as born Berniece Maxine Lyon in Columbia, South Carolina, American actress Ann Savage is best remembered as the cigarette-puffing femme fatale in the critically acclaimed film noir Detour (1945). She featured in more than 20 B movies between 1943 and 1946.
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Effectively leaving the film business in the mid 1950s, Savage made occasional appearances on television and worked for industrial and inspirational film producers from the 1950s to the 1970s. She made a number of live appearances at film festivals, especially for screenings of Detour.
In 2007, she was cast by director Guy Maddin as his mother in My Winnipeg, “a part that had been tipped to bring her an Academy Award and which introduced her to a legion of new fans”.
Savage died in her sleep in 2008, aged 87.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Ann Savage in the 1940s.