Eilene Janssen

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Eilene Janssen
Born (1938-05-25) May 25, 1938 (age 79)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1940-1968
Spouse(s) married (5 children)[1]

Mary Eilene Janssen (born May 25, 1938), is an American former actress in film and television.

Early life[edit]

Eilene Janssen was born in Los Angeles, California on May 25, 1938, to parents Harry and Mary Ellen Janssen.

Film career[edit]

She began her film career as a child actress in the early 1940s. With her father being a longtime worker for Universal Studios, Eilene Janssen made her first screen appearance in the 1940 film Sandy Gets Her Man. She continued to have bit parts in several movies such as Two Girls and a Sailor and It Happened Tomorrow. In 1944, she was awarded the title Little Miss America.[2]

As she grew older, she gained more prominent roles such as Elise in Song of Love and Peggy in The Boy with Green Hair.

Apart from films, Eilene Janssen also acted in television series like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best, Mister Ed, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Tales of Wells Fargo, Make Room for Daddy, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Beverly Hillbillies and Perry Mason.

She retired from acting in 1968. As of 2004, she is residing in Pasadena, California.

Personal life[edit]

She married Harry Ronald Rothschild on November 29, 1957. They later divorced.


Year Title Role
1940 Sandy Gets Her Man Child
1943 Where Are Your Children? Child in day care nursery
1944 It Happened Tomorrow Sylvia
Two Girls and a Sailor Patsy, age 4
Since You Went Away Sergeant's child
The Seventh Cross Girl in Orchard
Till We Meet Again Yvonne
Army Wives Young girl
1945 Man Alive Angel
1946 The Green Years Alison Keith as a child
Rendezvous 24 Anchaka Schmidt
Renegades Janina Jackorski
1947 The Millerson Case Myra Minnich
The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival Betty
Driftwood Girl
Song of Love Elise Schumann
Beyond Our Own Shirley Rogers
1948 On Our Merry Way Peggy Thorndyke
The Bride Goes Wild Mary
Who Killed Doc Robbin Betty
Borrowed Trouble Child
The Boy With Green Hair Peggy
Words and Music Linda, age 8
1951 Buckaroo Sheriff of Texas Judy Dawson
The Dakota Kid Judy Dawson
Arizona Manhunt Judy Dawson
1952 Wild Horse Ambush Judy Dawson
Sally and Saint Anne Young Jeanne
1954 About Mrs. Leslie Pixie Croffman
1956 The Search for Bridey Murphy Bridey Murphy at age 15
1957 Beginning of the End Teenager in car
Escape from Red Rock Janie Acker
1958 The Space Children Phyllis Manley
1963 Black Zoo Bride
1968 Panic in the City Information clerk



  • Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. p. 153–160. ISBN 1476613702. 

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