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Meet Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)

Updated on October 12, 2014

Who is Anne Shirley or Anne of Green Gables?

Anne Shirley is the wonderful red-headed, freckle-faced, spirited and orphaned child that many of us know and love from the Anne of Green Gables stories written by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Anne's legend is so large that some people have the mistaken belief that she was a real girl who lived in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) As a matter of fact, the town that Anne Shirley lived in, called Avonlea, is even a work of fiction that has since been recreated on the Island and in the movies for the purpose of allowing us to enjoy Anne's world.

On this page, learn more about the fictional Anne Shirley and the author L.M. Montgomery who created the character. Discover the many books Anne appeared in and the movies and films that have been made about her.

Click here to order this Anne of Green Gables Charlottetown Festival musical soundtrack.

When Was Anne Shirley Born And Where Does She Live?

Where Was Anne Shirley Born and Where Did She Live?

The Anne of Green Gables stories state that Anne Shirley was born in Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia in March 1865 where she lived with her parents for the three months of her life before they died of typhoid fever. Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia is a fictional town. It was based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's New London, Prince Edward Island, birthplace.

After that, Anne lived with various families as a servant of sorts. At the age of eleven, she was sent to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert in Prince Edward Island. On the island, she lived in a house called Green Gables, which was modelled after a real house that L.M. Montgomery's cousin lived in.

That house is now set up as Anne Shirley's house and you can visit it in person if you are so lucky or through the following videos from the tourist attraction on P.E.I. One of the videos presents a heart warming discussion of why Green Gables is important to so many people and shows you the exterior of the house and the lovely grounds, another video actually takes you inside the house and a third finds a costumed interpreter giving you a guided tour of Green Gables and Avonlea.


This video shares a heart warming discussion of why Green Gables is important to so many people and shows you the exterior of the house and the lovely grounds.

In this video, a costumed interpreter takes you for a visit to through the grounds of Green Gable and to many of the sights of Avonlea.

In this video, you actually get a peek at the rooms inside of Green Gables.

Anne of Green Gables Books

A List of Anne of Green Gables Books - Anne Shirley appears in numerous books by L.M. Montgomery including:

  • Anne of Green Gables (1908),
  • Anne of Avonlea (1909)
  • Anne of the Island (1915)
  • Anne's House of Dreams (1917)
  • Anne of Windy Poplars (1936),
  • Anne of Ingleside (1939).
  • Anne Shirley appeared in or is referenced in other books including:
  • Rainbow Valley (1919) which deals with her children’s childhood
  • Rilla of Ingleside (1921), which deals with her youngest daughter and World War I.
  • Chronicles of Avonlea
  • Further Chronicles of Avonlea
  • The Blythes Are Quoted (a short story) which includes Anne as a grandmother at the beginning of World War II.
  • Before Green Gables (The authorized prequel to Anne's time in Avonlea, written by Budge Wilson.)
  • A New Beginning (An unauthorized prequel to Anne's time in Avonlea, written by Kevin Sullivan.)

Did You Know...

That you can read

Anne of Green Gables

in 30 languages?

How cool is that!?!

Anne of Green Gables Books on eBay

All available from eBay with FREE shipping in the U.S. and Canada.

There are many wonderful Anne of Green Gables items available on eBay. If you are building a collection or seeking out just one interesting Montgomery book, you might like to check these items out. They all feature FREE shipping in the U.S. and Canada.

Anne of Green Gables Musicals

Anne of Green Gables The Musical Video

A peek at the original play, held every year at the Charlottetown Confederation Center in Prince Edward Island.

If you want a little look into the Anne of Green Gables Musical here is an exciting one for you. If you have seen the play before, it is sure to bring back fond memories. If you haven't, it is just a hint at what you are in for when you do! Find the Anne of Green Gables musical soundtrack by clicking here.

Did You Know...

You can eat the World's best ice cream (according to Tauck World Discovery) at COWS on Prince Edward Island?

Our favourite scene in the live musical version of Anne of Green Gables that we saw in Charlottetown is the ice cream scene! And yes, we ate COWS ice cream!

Anne of Green Gables Movies and Shows

A List of Anne of Green Gables Films

  • Anne of Green Gables (1919) a silent film with Mary Miles Minter.
  • Anne of Green Gables (1934) a movie with Dawn O'Day.
  • Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) movie with Dawn O'Day.
  • BBC mini-series (1972 and 1975) with Kim Braden based on the books Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. The first is no longer available but the BBC Anne of Avonlea series is by clicking here.
  • Akage no Anne (1979) a Japanese World Masterpiece Theater production.
  • Anne of Green Gables (1986) a CBC Television movie by Kevin Sullivan with Megan Follows.
  • Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987) a CBC Television movie by Kevin Sullivan with Megan Follows.
  • Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2000) by Kevin Sullivan.
  • Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000) a CBC Television movie by Kevin Sullivan with Megan Follows.
  • Anne: Journey to Green Gables (2005) animated story by Kevin Sullivan.
  • Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008) a television movie with Barbara Hershey as an older Anne and Hannah Endicott-Douglas as a young Anne of Green Gables. A prequel to Anne's time in Prince Edward Island written by Kevin Sullivan.
  • Kon'nichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables (2009) a Japanese anime film.

Did you know...

Anne of Green Gables

and Road to Avonlea

have been shown in

over 140 countries!

How cool is that?!?

Anne of Green Gables Movie Bloopers - Showing Anne Shirley at her best...well, maybe not.

This is an entertaining look at some of the funny scenes from all three movies. If you have seen the movies, you will enjoy a return trip. If you haven't, you will have a preview of the fun to come when you do see them but please consider carefully my SPOILER ALERT on the right hand side of the video. Otherwise, many moments in the series may be ruined for you. I know you will enjoy it!


Before you click on the play button please be aware that these bloopers contain many, many images from the movies, which may ruin moments for you if you have NOT seen the movies.

Anne of Green Gables A New Beginning
Anne of Green Gables A New Beginning

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning Movie Version

Anne Shirley is all grown up!

The fourth installment in the Anne of Green Gables series featuring a brand-new screenplay which was written by Kevin Sullivan. It is a three-hour television movie based on the characters that Lucy Maud Montgomery created, a prequel to the 1985 Anne of Green Gables mini-series which was released on television in Canada in October 2008.

More Reading About Anne of Green Gables & L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables Postage Stamps
Anne of Green Gables Postage Stamps

Anne of Green Gables Canadian Postage Stamps

Anne of Green Gables celebrated the anniversary of her 100th year in 2008 and, to honor the occasion, both Canada Post and the Japan Post Service jointly issued these two stamps featuring Anne of Green Gables and Green Gables House.

I Love Anne of Green Gables & Prince Edward Island

Anne of Green Gables Calendar
Anne of Green Gables Calendar

Prince Edward Island is indeed a magical place, as it is portrayed in the books and the movies and even this Anne of Green Gables calendar. If you are able to visit and you love Anne of Green Gables, it will definitely be well worth your time. Seeing the live performance of Anne was a highlight of my family's visit to to the island and my children are both boys!

When we visited P.E.I. for our summer vacation a few years ago, I thought that that visit would be enough. I never would have dreamed that I would be ready for another visit so quickly. However, all of this reading about Montgomery and her books (I even recently re-watched one of the Anne of Green Gables movies) has made me, once again, long for the east coast of Canada!

Of course, I know that you don't have to visit to love everything about Anne of Green Gables!

Click here to order an Anne of Green Gables calendar from Amazon.

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© 2008 Treasures By Brenda

Next time you visit, maybe we will share some raspberry cordial!

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    • LoneMeadowLark profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you for the wonderful lens. I've been thinking of doing a lens on the Anne-girl, but I don't know that I could follow this one up nearly as well! I have not had the pleasure of going to PEI, but I have wanted to go since I was a little girl watching the movies and listening to my mother read these wonderful stories aloud with me.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      We had a short visit to PEI last fall as a stop on a cruise ship. I loved it and would love to go back when I have more time to explore. Thanks for the great lens. Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      What a wonderful lens on Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables - a Canadian classic! I too was able to visit the home on PEI and it is so worth the trip. Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      What a neat lens! It was good to learn about the author.I love the movies and never get tired of them.

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      8 years ago

      Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie will ALWAYS be the best Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe ever in my mind. Colleen Dewhurst as Marilla and Schuyler Grant as Diana were excellent as those characters. I don't think ANYONE else can surpass them. They were the BEST!!! Those videos were wonderful - thank you.

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      TheAngelLadies LM 

      8 years ago

      I love the Anne books and really enjoyed this lens! thank you!

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      8 years ago

      I love the movies, watch them every year at christmas.

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      8 years ago

      I have really enjoyed this lens. I came back to read some more and to bless this lens. Blessed by an Angel and will be featured on my angel lens: "angel-on-assignment".

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      Bradshaw LM 

      8 years ago

      Hi Brenda, I noticed you had several Anne of Green Gables-themed lenses and wanted to point somethng out to you. I had a WIP lens using the URL ending "anne-of-green-gables" but just couldn't get around to finishing it, so I deleted it. So, that URL is available if you want it :)

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      8 years ago

      I have found many "kindred spirits" as Anne would say... over the years who love these stories as much as I do. The movies made for Wonderworks are better though... much much much much much better... just sayin! I didn't see links to those here, but maybe I just skimmed over them. GREAT TOPIC! A whole new generation can enjoy these.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Another person who has held my heart for years. I enjoyed the video and didn't know there is a prequel to Anne of Green Gables!

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      9 years ago

      Delightful, delightful, delightful. Much to read and take in. I'll be back.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      9 years ago

      I'm back for a visit! We love Anne of Green Gables and this is a fabulous lens. Thanks for sharing all of this great info. Blessed!

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      9 years ago

      I've never read any of the books, but I have heard a lot about them. Maybe it's time...

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      In revisiting this lens, I see a few books about L.M. Montgomery that I haven't read. I'll check for those at the library.

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      9 years ago

      I wish I could visit this area! *sigh* The only place in Canada I have been is Toronto when I was 16. I loved it. Great lens! Blessed by an Angel.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      9 years ago

      We love Anne of Green Gables. I had no idea about the prequel and a few of the movies. I will be back to make sure we read and watch all of Anne. Also, not sure when you got your purple star for this lens but Congratulations!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      9 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I just LOVE Anne of Green Gables! I especially loved the TV movies. I can watch them over and over. I am definitely hooked on everything ANNE too. Also, I would like to visit Prince Edward Island someday. What a great lens! I have joined your Fan Club, and will definitely be back to look at this lens again. There is a LOT of good information here.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

      I just love Anne Shirley and her whole world. Maybe it's time for a re-read ...

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      9 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Thanks for writing this. I have decided that this is the lens I will brag about on Facebook tonight. A think a lot of my Facebook friends would enjoy it. Now I'd really like to see P.E.I.

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      I loved the books as a child and it was a wonderful experience to visit "Green Gables" in PEI. It looked just like I pictured it in my mind.

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      Diana Grant 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a lovely lens - I have a website where, among other things , I am selling children's vintage books and I have linked to your page as I have a copy of Anne of Green Gables there. I am sure people visiting my site would be delighted by the wealth of information you have provided. I have given you 5 Stars.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Great review. I had no idea there was books before green gables. Blessed

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      9 years ago

      Great writer and her books are superb. My daughter raves about the ones I gave her years ago and the movies are great as well. So is your lens. Top stuff.

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      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My daughter did a report on Prince Edward Island last year, so we enjoyed reading some of the "Anne" series together. Truly wonderful books! Congratulations on the purple star!

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations on that wonderful purple star. I think re-reading Anne of Green Gables is a must for 2010! Blessed!

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very nice lens! Congratulations on the purple star!

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I loved reading about Anne of Green Gables when I was a child. I read it because my mother told me how much she'd enjoyed it when she was young. Your great lens has brought back so many memories for me. Blessed by an Angel.

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      10 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I was always reading when I was a little girl, and I can't believe I have never read these! My dad gave the set to my daughter for Christmas last year, and your lens has really inspired me to get them out and start reading them! Thanks for sharing all the info!

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      Kerri Bee 

      10 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I read all the books and watched Avonlea religiously. I honestly think the Avonlea TV series prompted the recent resurgence of the names Olivia and Abigail.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      I *love* Lucy Maude Montgomery's books! I didn't discover them until my 30's but I enjoyed them all the same. Thanks for this lens.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      I loved reading the Anne of Green Gables books but my favorite by far was the original. I understand that it was also Maud Montgomery's favorite.

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      10 years ago

      I love this lens what a nice job you did!!

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      10 years ago

      What a terrific lens you created for Anne fans!! I read the first book many years ago, and then saw the video series made around 15 years ago. I enjoyed seeing them over and over with various young ladies. Even my husband liked them. :-) We all loved them so much, that one friend went to P.E.I. for her honeymoon!5*, my faves & fan club too! :-) I'll be back to check out your links too.

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      11 years ago

      Wow, I love your lens. I love Anne of Green Gables and anything by LM Montgomery. I'm really looking forward to the new Anne of Green Gables movie coming out in Oct. 2008.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      11 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I grew up loving the Anne of Green Gables book and enjoyed the movies tremendously later on. Fabulous lens!

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      11 years ago

      hehe, thanks for the comment! Your lenses are really cool, absolutely love Anne of Green Gables :)

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      11 years ago

      I love the book! I read it when I was alreday 40!!! Because this treasure was not translated in my language (Latvian). Now it is, so Latvian kids can enjoy.Great lens! 5 stars.Inese

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      11 years ago

      I've read some Jane Austin. Now I'll have to check out Montgomery too. Awesome lens.

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      11 years ago

      We honeymooned on PEI and had a great time visiting Green Gables! Great lens.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens! 5* and Welcome to the my Childrens' Books Group!

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      11 years ago

      This lens is wonderful. My sister introduced Anne of Green Gables movie to my daughters. They love it. I will show them this lens also. To travel to the magical location of Prince Edward Island, see my travel lens to make all your travel dreams affordable.

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      Tony Payne 

      11 years ago from Southampton, UK

      A very nice detailed lens. 5*****

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      daoine lm 

      11 years ago

      I loved Anne of Green Gables, and the rest of the series, as a child and teenager. Welcome to the Phenomenal Women group :)(Don't forget to change the default Text/Write module title in the first module.)

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      Robin S 

      11 years ago from USA

      Excellent work on this lens! I enjoyed my stay.

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      Webcodes LM 

      11 years ago

      Found you on the forum. Great and informative lens. Hope you can check out mine. 5*

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      11 years ago

      Congratulations on a very nice lens! I enjoyed this!

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      11 years ago

      Amazing! I don't have words to describe it. Its a pity such good lenses get largely get unnoticed, leave alone ranked, like anywhere else. I found you on the forum and how glad I am....I have learnt a few lessons from your masterly lens, Brenda. Good people, after all, are not rare. They, sure, are going to find you and your work. Best wishes!

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      11 years ago

      Love Anne of Green Gables - one of my favorites.Great lens! Gave you a lensroll!

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      11 years ago

      Nice Lens! Welcome to the "SHOP AT HOME" group! Faith

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