Anna Q. Nilsson died February 11, 1974 in Hemet, California after being hospitalized from a fall a year earlier. She was born March 30, 1888 (on Saint Quirinus Day hence her middle name of Quirentia) in Ystad, Sweden. She emigrated in 1910 & worked as a nanny; soon after, she became a sought-after model. She made her film debut in a series of short films for the Kalem Company in 1911. She left the studio in 1915 & worked for various studios. She cut her blonde hair for a trouser role in Ponjola (1923), which was a big hit & her favorite film; it was the 1st of 3 films she did with Claire Du Brey, secretary & lover to Marie Dressler. The 2 women who later opened a small talent agency together were most likely lovers. While filming off the coast of California, she used her new look to impersonate a young man which resulted in her being slapped by an unknowing woman after she kissed her & being ejected from the ship’s ladies’ bathroom after she entered. Nilsson was frequently injured because she declined to use a stunt double. Soon after she signed with First National, she was reunited with her costar James Kirkwood in The Top of the World (1925) with hope of repeating their previous success in Ponjola (1923); the studio also had her cross-dress in Miss Nobody (1926) & Easy Pickings (1927). Fellow Swede actor Nils Asther claimed in his 1988 memoir that Nilsson who played his mother in Sorrell and Son (1927) was 1 of his lovers. This still was from her last First National release, The Whip (1928); it starred Nilsson, Marc McDermott, & Ralph Forbes. She had just completed a film for her new studio FBO (later RKO) when her stardom was derailed when she was injured riding a horse. After several operations and a long period of convalescence, she regained the ability to walk. She took supporting roles starting in 1933 & then accepted uncredited bit parts through the 1940s & 1950s. She was cast in the "Waxworks" scene in Sunset Boulevard (1950) along with Buster Keaton & H.B. Warner; the scene took 1 day to film. Her final film was Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). She married thrice and retired to Sun City, California.