Dawn Evelyeen Paris, known as Anne Shirley, was an American film actress.
Beginning her career as a child actress under the name Dawn O’Day, Shirley adopted the name of the character she played in Anne of Green Gables in 1934, and achieved a successful career in supporting roles. Among her films is Stella Dallas, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She retired from acting in 1944, and remained in Los Angeles, where she died in 1993.
Born in New York City, she began acting under the name of Dawn O’Day. She began acting at the age of five, and had a highly successful child star career in Pre-Code movies, appearing in such films as the 1930 version of Liliom, Tom Mix’s Riders of the Purple Sage, So Big, Three on a Match and Rasputin and the Empress.