|Born||Ghislaine Elizabeth Marie Thérèse Perreau-Saussine
February 6, 1941
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, stage director, drama teacher|
|Spouse(s)||Emil Frank Gallo 1960-1967 (divorced)
Gene Harve deRuelle 1970-2000 (divorced)
|Children||Gina Gallo Paris, Robert Anthony Gallo, Danielle Elena Bianco and Keith H. deRuelle|
Gigi Perreau (born February 6, 1941) is an American actress.
The daughter of Robert Perreau-Saussine and Eleanor Child Perreau-Saussine, she was born Ghislaine Elizabeth Marie Perreau-Saussine.
Perreau achieved success as a child actress in a number of films. She got into the business quite by accident. Her older brother Gerald was trying out for the part of the title character's son in Madame Curie (1943). Because their mother could not find a babysitter, she took Gigi along. The two-year-old, who could speak French, got the (uncredited) part of Madame Curie's daughter Ève (while Gerald would have to wait a year to make his film debut in Passage to Marseille). She also played the daughter of Claude Rains and Bette Davis's characters in the 1944 film Mr. Skeffington (1944). In Shadow on the Wall (1950), she starred as the sole witness to a murder. As the "top child movie actress for 1951", the then ten-year-old was given the keys to the city of Pittsburgh by its mayor, David L. Lawrence, the youngest to be so honored.
However, her film career lost momentum as she grew up, so she turned to television. In 1959, she played a friend of character Mary Stone (Shelley Fabares) on ABC's The Donna Reed Show, and had a supporting role in the sitcom The Betty Hutton Show on CBS, with her brother Gerald. In 1960, Perreau and Robert Harland performed as Sara Lou and Lin Proctor, a young couple from the east who have eloped and are heading west, in the ABC western series Stagecoach West with Wayne Rogers and Robert Bray [episode "The Land Beyond" (S1:E2)]. Also in 1960, Perreau was cast as Julie Staunton in the episode "Flight from Terror" of the ABC adventure series The Islanders, set in the South Pacific. She was cast in two episodes, "Don Gringo" (1960) and "The Promise" (1961), of the Nick Adams' ABC western series, The Rebel. In 1961, she played Mary Bettelheim in the episode "The Twelfth Hour" of the ABC/Warner Brothers television crime drama The Roaring 20s. She was cast in a recurring role on ABC's Follow the Sun series from 1961–1962 as a secretary, Katherine Ann "Kathy" Richards. She guest starred on The Rifleman in 1960 and 1961. She made two guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958 as title character and defendant Doris Bannister in "The Case of the Desperate Daughter" and in 1964 as nurse Phyllis Clover in "The Case of the Sleepy Slayer." In 1964, she also co-starred as Lucy, a beleaguered homesteader, on an episode of Gunsmoke titled "Chicken" [S10:E11]. In 1970, she appeared on The Brady Bunch ["The Undergraduate" (S1:E17)] as a math teacher who becomes the object of puppy love by Greg Brady, one of her students.
Perreau is an alumna of Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles and has taught drama classes there. As of 2010, she is a member of the board of directors of both the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum and is the vice-president of the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California.
On March 14, 1998, she was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements within the entertainment industry as a child actress.
Perreau's elder brother Gerald (stage name Peter Miles) and, to a lesser extent, her younger sisters Janine and Lauren, also had a measure of success in film and on television. Gigi and Janine portrayed sisters on screen in Week-End with Father (1951).
Perreau, 19, married 35-year-old Emil Frank Gallo, a business executive in 1960; it was the first marriage for both parties. They had two children: Gina Maria Gallo Paris, a filmmaker, and Robert Anthony Gallo, a guitarist. They divorced in 1967.
She wed Gene Harve deRuelle in 1970, a production manager and son of director Harve Foster, with whom she had two additional children: Danielle deRuelle Bianco and Keith deRuelle. Her second marriage ended in 2000.
- Madame Curie (1943) (uncredited)
- Mr. Skeffington (1944), as Ghislaine Perreau
- Yolanda and the Thief (1945), as Ghislaine Perreau
- Enchantment (1948)
- Family Honeymoon (1949)
- Roseanna McCoy (1949)
- My Foolish Heart (1949)
- Shadow on the Wall (1950)
- Never a Dull Moment (1950)
- For Heaven's Sake (1950)
- The Lady Pays Off (1951)
- Bonzo Goes to College (1952)
- Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952)
- The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
- Dance with Me Henry (1956)
- There's Always Tomorrow (1956)
- The Cool and the Crazy (1958)
- Girls Town (1959)
- Journey to the Center of Time (1967)
- Fly Me to the Moon (2008) (voice)
- A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (2010) (voice)
- Brumburgh, Gary (Fall 2016). "Gigi Perreau: The Major Little Minor". Films of the Golden Age (86): 38–52.
- James Bacon (August 25, 1960). "My, How Time Flies! Gigi Perreau, Former Child Star, Plans Oct. 1 Wedding". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Associated Press – via Newspapers.com.
- Edith Rosenblatt (December 1, 1951). "Top Child Movie Actress Honored at Luncheon". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- "Gigi Perreau". Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts (donnareed.org). Retrieved January 3, 2010.
- "Gigi Perreau – Hollywood Walk of Fame". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- "19th Annual Youth in Film Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- "Gigi Perreau Marries Business Executive". Abilene Reporter-News. October 2, 1960 – via Newspapers.com.
- Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. p. 266-232. ISBN 1476613702.
- Best, Marc (1971). Those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen. South Brunswick and New York: Barnes & Co., pp. 209-214.