Anna Lee Biography
Birthday: January 2, 1913 (Capricorn)
Born In: Ightham, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Anna Lee was an English actress, best known for her role of ‘Lila Quartermaine’ in ‘General Hospital’, the longest-running American soap opera in production.
Born as Joan Boniface Winnifrith, she was the daughter of a village rector, and god-daughter of actress Sybil Thorndike; her stage name was a composite of Anna Karenina and Robert E. Lee. After training at London's Royal Albert Hall, she began appearing in English films, first as an extra, then working her way up to featured parts. After doing small parts in a dozen British films, she moved to Hollywood to become a star where she became associated with John Ford, appearing in several of his films. Alongside starring in movies, she also toured and entertained the allied troops with the U.S.O. during World War II. Later she appeared in several television anthology series and made a comeback to the big screen after a few years. During the 1980s and 1990s, she regularly featured in the soap opera ‘General Hospital’. A year after she had joined the show, playing the part of Lila Quartermaine, she was paralyzed from the waist downwards in a car accident and thereafter acted the role in a wheelchair until 2003. She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to film and television industry.