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In 1942 the acting coach at Warner Bros suggested to the 17-year-old stepdaughter of studio head Jack Warner that she might like to read for a minor role in a forthcoming film.

Joy Page thought the script "corny and old-fashioned" and agreed to try out for the movie only because the film star Ingrid Bergman might be in it. The film - now a classic - was called Casablanca.

Warner was not enthusiastic about her participation, but in the event she was perfectly cast as the ingénue refugee and newlywed who seeks Humphrey Bogart's advice as to whether she should surrender her virtue to the corrupt Captain Renault (Claude Rains) in return for an exit visa.

"You want my advice," growls Bogart. "Go back to Bulgaria."

He then allows the girl's husband to win the price of the visa at roulette, a gesture to love that marks the start of his ascent from the cynical despair into which he has drifted.

"I'll forgive you this time," says Renault, "but I'll be in tomorrow with a breathtaking blonde. And it'll make me very happy if she loses."

The dark-haired Page had led a rather sheltered life until then, shielded from the tensions caused by Warner's decision to divorce his wife to marry Joy's mother, and her guileless performance in the film reflected her own well-intentioned nature.

It was to prove the only memorable role of her career, but one of which to be proud.

She was born Joy Paige (she modified her surname for the film) in Los Angeles in 1924.

Her father, Joseph Paige, was a silent screen actor known (under the name Don Alvarado) for Valentino-style romantic leads.

Page's mother as the actress Ann Boyar. Her parents divorced when she was about five years old.

After a relationship of some years, her mother then married Warner and Joy went to live at his 12-acre estate in Beverly Hills.

Despite the success of Casablanca, her stepfather refused to put Page under contract for fear of accusations of nepotism. She went on to appear in some minor roles.

She married another actor, William Orr, and is survived by a son and daughter. - The Times News Service, London


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