Ann Gillis

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Ann Gillis
Born Alma Mabel Conner
(1927-02-12) February 12, 1927 (age 88)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934-1947, 1968
Spouse(s)

Paul Ziebold (divorced) 2 Sons; Richard Fraser (1952-1970) (divorced) 1 Son;

René Van Hulst (widowed 1999)
Children 3

Ann Gillis (born Alma Mabel Conner; February 12, 1927, in Little Rock, Arkansas), sometimes credited as Anne Gillis or Ann Gilles, is a retired American actress.[1]

Ann Gillis started her career in the early 1930s, when she was seven years old. After some smaller roles she got her first big part in King of Hockey (1936). In the following years she played supporting roles and her film studio Warner Brothers wanted her to be a second Shirley Temple, but most of the time she only played spoiled brats. One of her best roles was Becky Thatcher in David O. Selznicks The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), she also provided the voice for the older Feline in Bambi (1942). She ended her film career in 1947.

Following her Hollywood career in 1947, she moved to New York City, married the Scots-born actor Richard Fraser, and turned to occasional television work. Gillis later came back into acting for a small part in 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968. She lived in Belgium from 1972 to 2014 marrying Belgian René Van Hulst (deceased 1999) devoting much of her time to painting and music and finally becoming a Belgian citizen. She moved to the UK in December 2014.[2]

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