Gigi Perreau

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Gigi Perreau
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Born Ghislaine Elizabeth Marie Thérèse Perreau-Saussine
(1941-02-06) February 6, 1941 (age 73)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, stage director, drama teacher
Years active 1943–present
Spouse(s) Emil Frank Gallo 1960-1967 (divorced)
Gene Harve deRuelle 1970-2000 (divorced)
Children Gina Gallo Paris, Robert Anthony Gallo, Danielle Elena Bianco and Keith H. deRuelle

Gigi Perreau (born February 6, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress.

Career[edit]

Perreau achieved success as a child actress in a number of films. She got into the business quite by accident. Her older brother Gerald was trying out for the part of the title character's son in Madame Curie (1943). Because their mother could not find a babysitter, she took Gigi along.[1] The two-year-old, who could speak French, got the (uncredited) part of Madame Curie's daughter Ève (while Gerald would have to wait a year to make his film debut, in Passage to Marseille).[1] She also played the daughter of Claude Rains and Bette Davis's characters in the 1944 film Mr. Skeffington (1944). In Shadow on the Wall (1950), she starred as the sole witness to a murder. As the "top child movie actress for 1951", the then ten-year-old was given the keys to the city of Pittsburgh by its mayor, David L. Lawrence, the youngest to be so honored.[2]

Perreau with Sal Mineo signing autographs at the 1956 premiere of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

However, her career lost momentum as she grew up. In 1959, she played a friend of character Mary Stone (Shelley Fabares) on ABC's The Donna Reed Show. That same year, she had a supporting role in the sitcom The Betty Hutton Show on CBS, with her brother Gerald. In 1960, Perreau was cast as Julie Staunton in the episode "Flight from Terror" of the ABC adventure series, The Islanders, set in the South Pacific. She was cast in two episodes, "Don Gringo" (1960) and "The Promise" (1961) of the Nick Adams' ABC western series, The Rebel.

In 1961, she played Mary Bettelheim in the episode "The Twelfth Hour" of the ABC/Warner Brothers television crime drama, The Roaring 20s. She was cast in a recurring role on ABC's Follow the Sun series from 1961–1962 as a secretary, Katherine Ann "Kathy" Richards. She guest starred on The Rifleman in 1960 and 1961. She made two guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958 as title character and defendant Doris Bannister in "The Case of the Desperate Daughter" and in 1964 as nurse Phyllis Clover in "The Case of the Sleepy Slayer." On October 11, 1960, Perreau and Robert Harland were cast as Sara Lou and Lin Proctor, a young couple from the east who have eloped and are heading west in the second episode, "The Land Beyond", of ABC's Stagecoach West, with Wayne Rogers and Robert Bray. In 1970, Perreau appeared on The Brady Bunch as a teacher Greg Brady has a crush on. In the new millennium, she provided a voice in the animated film Fly Me to the Moon, and is credited by the Internet Movie Database with two other movies in post-production.

Affiliations[edit]

Perreau is an alumna of Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles and has taught drama classes there. As of 2010, she is a member of the board of directors of both the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum and is the vice-president of the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California.[3]

Honors[edit]

On February 8, 1960, Perreau was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in television.[4]

On March 14, 1998, she was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award recognizing her outstanding achievements within the entertainment industry as a child actress[5]

Personal life[edit]

Perreau's elder brother Gerald (stage name Peter Miles) and, to a lesser extent, her younger sisters Janine and Lauren, also had a measure of success in film and on television.

Perreau, 19, married 35-year-old Emil Frank Gallo, a business executive in 1960; it was the first marriage for both parties.[6] They had two children: Gina Maria Gallo Paris, a filmmaker, and Robert Anthony Gallo, a guitarist. They divorced in 1967.

She wed Gene Harve deRuelle in 1970, a production manager and son of director Harve Foster, with whom she had two additional children: Danielle deRuelle Bianco and Keith deRuelle. Her second marriage ended in 2000.

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James Bacon (August 25, 1960). "My, How Time Flies! Gigi Perreau, Former Child Star, Plans Oct. 1 Wedding". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Associated Press – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ Edith Rosenblatt (December 1, 1951). "Top Child Movie Actress Honored at Luncheon". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  3. ^ "Gigi Perreau". Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts (donnareed.org). Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gigi Perreau – Hollywood Walk of Fame". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "19th Annual Youth in Film Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gigi Perreau Marries Business Executive". Abilene Reporter-News. October 2, 1960 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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