Shirley Mills

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Shirley Mills
Shirley Mills.jpg
Shirley Mills in Child Bride
Born (1926-04-08)April 8, 1926
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Died March 31, 2010(2010-03-31) (aged 83)
Arcadia, California, U.S.
Other names Shirley O. Mills
Shirley O'Mills
Years active 1938–1956
Spouse(s) Mel Hanson (1977–1995; his death)

Shirley Olivia Mills (April 8, 1926 – March 31, 2010) was an American actress,[1] best known for her roles as the youngest daughter in The Grapes of Wrath and as the titular character in Child Bride. In the latter, she is shown nude in a "skinny dipping" scene, filmed when she was about 12 years old, which became the basis for Child Bride being exhibited for many years as an exploitation film.

Biography[edit]

Born in Tacoma, Washington, Mills started her career as a child dancer, and later appeared in films such as Child Bride (1942) at the age of 15, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), and the Shirley Temple film Young People (1940). She stopped making films in her early twenties, and went on to be a singer and a data processing salesperson. She married Mel Hanson in 1977 who died in 1995; they had no children.

Shirley Hanson died in Arcadia, California on March 31, 2010, eight days before her 84th birthday, from complications of pneumonia. She was a devout Christian.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1938 Child Bride Jennie Colton Alternative titles: Child Bride of the Ozarks
Child Brides
Dust to Dust
1939 The Under-Pup Cecilia Layton
1940 The Grapes of Wrath Ruth Joad
Virginia City Crying young Southern girl Uncredited
Young People Mary Ann
Five Little Peppers in Trouble June
Diamond Frontier Girl in Bonnet playing in Street Uncredited
1942 Miss Annie Rooney Audrey Hollis
1943 Shadow of a Doubt Young girl Alternative title: Shadow of Doubt
Reveille with Beverly Laura Jean Oliver Uncredited
Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour Hortense Uncredited
Alternative title: Henry Gets Glamour
Mister Big Member, Jivin' Jills Uncredited
Top Man Dancer Uncredited
Alternative title: Man of the Family
Always a Bridesmaid Uncredited
True to Life Radio Sister Uncredited
1944 Chip Off the Old Block Member, Jivin' Jills Uncredited
None Shall Escape Anna Oremska
Nice Girls "Tennessee" Collingwood
1945 Patrick the Great Member, Jivin' Jills Uncredited
Snafu Student Uncredited
Alternative title: Welcome Home
1946 Blondie's Lucky Day Grace Perkins Scenes deleted
Betty Co-ed Gloria Campbell Alternative title: The Melting Pot
That Brennan Girl Olivette the Babysitter Uncredited
Alternative title: Tough Girl
1949 An Old-Fashioned Girl Belle
1950 It's a Small World Susan Musk at Age 16 Credited as Shirley O. Mills
What Happened to Jo Jo Credited as Shirley O. Mills
1951 The Family Secret File Girl Uncredited
The Model and the Marriage Broker Ina Kuschner Uncredited
1952 My Six Convicts Blonde Tilly Uncredited
Alternative title: My 6 Convicts
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1954 My Little Margie Muriel Joyner 1 episode
Credited as Shirley O'Mills
1956 Ford Star Jubilee 1 episode

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Obituary Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2010; page AA7.

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