Edna May Wonacott

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Edna May Wonacott
Born (1932-02-06) February 6, 1932 (age 86)
Willits, California, U.S.
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1943-1952

Edna May Wonacott (born February 6, 1932) is an American former child actress who is best known for her role as Ann Newton in the 1943 movie Shadow of a Doubt. The director, Alfred Hitchcock, and film producer Jack H. Skirball handpicked the then-nine year old for the film while she was waiting for the bus.[1][2] At that time she had absolutely no experience as an actress, not even in the school theater.

Wonacott is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elie Wonacott of Santa Rosa, California.[3]

Wonacott received a seven-year contract and Hitchcock predicted that she would become a star within a year.[4] She also made appearances in films such as The Bells of St. Mary's and The Model and the Marriage Broker.[5] Wonacott retired from acting in 1952. In around 1953, she married and had three sons. As of 2010, she resides in Yuma, Arizona under the name Edna Green. Wonacott's mother lived to be 102 years old.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1943 Shadow of a Doubt Ann Newton
1944 Hi, Beautiful Young Girl Uncredited
1945 Under Western Skies Faith
1945 This Love of Ours Youngster Uncredited
1945 The Bells of St. Mary's Delphine Ford Uncredited
1951 Sunny Side of the Street Bobby-Soxer Uncredited
1951 The Model and the Marriage Broker 2nd Miss Perry Uncredited


  1. ^ ""Want to be a star?"". The Milwaukee Sentinel. December 27, 1942. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Father of movie starlet enjoys booming success". The Pittsburgh Press. October 7, 1942. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "10-Year-Old S.R. Girl Gets Chance at Role in Movies!". The Press Democrat. California, Santa Rosa. July 28, 1942. p. 1. Retrieved April 8, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "$5,000 Production". Life. 1943-01-25. pp. 70–78.
  5. ^ "Filmography for Edna May Wonacott". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 19, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Schneider, Patricia (March 14, 2010). "In the movies". Yuma Sun. pp. 41 & 44. Retrieved July 3, 2016.

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