Ann Gillis

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Ann Gillis
Born Alma Mabel Conner
(1927-02-12) February 12, 1927 (age 89)
Little Rock, Arkansas, US
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934-1968
Spouse(s) Paul Ziebold (1947-1951)[1] (divorced) 2 sons
Richard Fraser (1952-1970) (divorced) 1 son
René Van Hulst (?-1999) (his death)
Children 3

Ann Gillis (born Alma Mabel Conner, or Alma O'Connor;[2][3] February 12, 1927, in Little Rock, Arkansas), sometimes credited as Anne Gillis or Ann Gilles, is a retired American actress.[4]

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 of Faline as an adult in Bambi (1942). She ended her film career in 1947.

Following her Hollywood career in 1947, she moved to New York City, married the Scottish-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. Having married Belgian René Van Hulst (deceased 1999), she lived in Belgium from 1972 to 2014, devoting much of her time to painting and music, and finally became a Belgian citizen. She moved to the UK in December 2014.[5]

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  1. ^ "Paul G. Ziebold (1915 - 2000) - Find A Grave Memorial". 
  2. ^ Adrian Room (1981). Naming Names: Stories of Pseudonyms and Name Changes, with a Who's Who. Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 268. ISBN 978-0-7100-0920-3. 
  3. ^ Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 71. 
  4. ^ Phillips, Robert W. (1995). Roy Rogers: A Biography, Radio History, Television Career Chronicle, Discography, Filmography, Comicography, Merchandising and Advertising History, Collectibles Description, Bibliography, and Index. McFarland. pp. 95–. ISBN 9780899509372. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Family history provided by her son, Gordon Fraser

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