Ann Gillis in 1966, photo taken by her husband Richard Fraser
Alma Mabel Conner
February 12, 1927
|Died||January 31, 2018 (aged 90)|
|Occupation||Actress and voice artist|
|Spouse(s)||Paul Ziebold (1947–1951) (divorced) (two children)|
Richard Fraser (1952–1970) (divorced) (1 child)
René Van Hulst (1991–1999) (his death)
Alma Mabel (Ann) Conner (February 12, 1927 – January 31, 2018), known professionally as Ann Gillis, was an American actress, best known for her film roles as a child actress. She was sometimes credited as Anne Gillis or Ann Gilles. She performed the voice of Faline in the 1942 Disney animated film Bambi.
Early life and career
Gillis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. She started her career in the early 1930s, when she was seven years old. After some smaller roles, she got her first major part in King of Hockey (1936). In the following years she played supporting roles, and her film studio, Warner Brothers Pictures, wanted her to be another Shirley Temple, but she mostly played spoiled brats.
Among her biggest roles were Becky Thatcher in David O. Selznick's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) and Annie in Little Orphan Annie (1938). She also provided the voice of Faline in Bambi (1942).
Personal life and later career
She ended her Hollywood film career in 1947 and married her second husband, British actor Richard Fraser, in 1952. Following her Hollywood career, she turned to occasional television work in the UK. Gillis appeared in two episodes of The Saint in 1964/1965, followed by a small part in 2001: A Space Odyssey, playing Dr Poole's mother. She is seen onscreen congratulating her son on his birthday. She later lived in Belgium.
On January 31, 2018, Gillis died in a nursing home in Horam, East Sussex, England.
|1934||Men in White||Flower Girl||Uncredited|
|1936||The Great Ziegfeld||Mary Lou as a Child||Uncredited|
|The Singing Cowboy||Lou Ann Stevens|
|Postal Inspector||Little Alice||Uncredited|
|The Garden of Allah||Convent Girl #2||Uncredited|
|The Man I Marry||Little Girl||Uncredited|
|Under Your Spell||Gwendolyn||Uncredited|
|King of Hockey||Peggy 'Princess' O'Rourke|
|1937||Off to the Races||Winnie Mae|
|You Can't Buy Luck||Peggy||Uncredited|
|The Californian||Rosalia as a Child|
|1938||The Adventures of Tom Sawyer||Becky Thatcher|
|Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus||Fleurette de Cava|
|Little Orphan Annie||Annie|
|1939||Beau Geste||Isobel Rivers as a Child|
|The Under-Pup||Letty Lou|
|1940||Edison, the Man||Nancy Grey|
|All This, and Heaven Too||Emily Schuyler|
|My Love Came Back||Valerie Malette|
|1941||Nice Girl?||Nancy Dana|
|Mr. Dynamite||Joey, a.k.a. Abigail|
|Glamour Boy||Brenda Lee|
|1942||Meet the Stewarts||Jane Goodwin|
|Tough As They Come||Frankie Taylor|
|Bambi||Adult Faline||Voice, Uncredited|
|'Neath Brooklyn Bridge||Sylvia|
|1943||Stage Door Canteen||Herself|
|The Man from Music Mountain||Penny Winters|
|1944||Since You Went Away||Becky Anderson – Class President||Uncredited|
|A Wave, a WAC and a Marine||Judy|
|1945||The Cheaters||Angela Pidgeon|
|1946||Gay Blades||Helen Dowell|
|Janie Gets Married||Paula Rainey|
|The Time of Their Lives||Nora O'Leary|
|Sweetheart of Sigma Chi||Sue|
|1947||Big Town After Dark||Susan Peabody LaRue|
|1968||2001: A Space Odyssey||Poole's Mother||(final film role)|
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- "An Interview With ... Ann Gillis". WesternClippings.com. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
- Barnes, Mike (February 2, 2018). "Ann Gillis, Young Leading Lady in 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,' Dies at 90". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 4 December 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
- Best, Marc. Those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen (South Brunswick and New York: Barnes & Co., 1971), pp. 95–99.
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