How is that possible? I’d say she won Tony before Oscar or Emmy but it was shocking to discover the truth. Was the competition undeniable or what?
When Geraldine Page was first nominated for Sweet Bird of Youth back in 1960, she lost Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker.
When she was nominated for Absurd Person Singular in 1975, she lost to Rita Moreno in The Ritz.
When she was nominated for Agnes of God in 1982, she lost to Zoe Caldwell in Medea. Interesting enough, when Page won the Oscar for The Trip to Bountiful in 1986, she managed to beat Anne Bancroft for the film version of Agnes of God.
When she was last nominated for Blithe Spirit in 1987, she lost to Linda Lavin in Broadway Bound.
A big shame, all in all. What an actress and for her to pass away without a Tony, when she was known even more for her stage performances than the amazing ones she gave on big screen.
At least she didn’t end up joining the ranks of Dana Ivey and Estelle Parsons as the biggest losing actresses in Tony history.
But at least Ivey and Parsons are still active and have a chance of winning. Page was so well-known as a stage performer, almost literally dying on stage, that it is somewhat of a surprise that she never won, but, seeing her competition, it is understandable why. On the lead/supporting discussion, I thought too that it was possible that Page could have won had she gone supporting as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, except that the winner that year was…Mary Alice as Rose in Fences, so that almost gets us back to whether Rose is a leading or a supporting role.
Interestingly, I see that Glenda Jackson never won a Tony either, but, perhaps if she brings her recently Olivier Award nominated performance as King Lear to Broadway, she also has a chance of completing the Triple Crown of Acting.