24 June 1931 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Other names||Sister Quentin Rita|
Juanita Quigley was billed as "Baby Jane" in several early roles. Her screen debut was as Claudette Colbert's three-year-old daughter in Imitation of Life (1934). She went on to play featured parts in several films, including The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) and was Jean Harlow's niece in Riffraff (1936). Quigley became a familiar face to moviegoers of the era, but major roles for children so young were few and she often played bits as well as featured roles. She was one of the most popular child stars of her day, and was Universal Pictures' youngest star in 1934.
Quigley was briefly involved in the Our Gang film series. In 1940, she was the guest-starring lead in The New Pupil when cast as Sally, who briefly takes Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer away from Darla Hood. Two years later, she reprised the character in Going to Press (1942), the only time in the MGM era where the female lead was played by someone other than Darla Hood (who had recently left the series) or Janet Burston.
Quigley made only a handful of small appearances after National Velvet, her last being in 1950. At the age of 20, in August 1951, she became a nun in the order of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph, teaching at Precious Blood Catholic School. After several years in her convent, left the vocation, and married.
Inaccurate documentation exists that Juanita made an uncredited appearance as an extra in the locally filmed Porky's II: The Next Day but these rumors and citations are inaccurate. At the time of this filming, Juanita lived in Pennsylvania pursuing her post-convent career full-time. Juanita is now retired and is an intensely private person with regard to her past. Most who know her as a friend are unaware of her previous life as an actress. As of 2016, Juanita lives a peaceful retired life with her son and daughter-in-law in Massachusetts.
|1934||We're Rich Again||Child with nanny|
|Have a Heart||Rosy|
|Imitation of Life||Baby Jessie Pullman|
|The Man Who Reclaimed His Head||Linette Verin|
|1935||Straight from the Heart||Maggie Haines|
|Alias Mary Dow||Mary Dow|
|The Devil-Doll||Marguerite Coulvet|
|Born to Dance||Sally Saks|
|1938||Hawaii Calls||Doris Milburn|
|The Devil's Party||Helen McCoy, as a child|
|You and Me||Nasty little girl|
|Woman Against Woman||Ellen|
|Having Wonderful Time||Mabel|
|Men with Wings||Patricia Falconer, aged 6|
|That Certain Age||The pest|
|1939||The Family Next Door||Susan|
|Code of the Streets||Cynthia|
|1940||Oh, Johnny, How Can You Love!||Junior|
|The Blue Bird||Child|
|The New Pupil (short)||Sally|
|1941||Bachelor Daddy||Girl with pigtails at movie|
|Paper Bullets||Rita, as a child|
|1942||The Vanishing Virginian||Caroline Yancey|
|Going to Press||Sally|
|A Yank at Eton||Jane Dennis|
|1943||Assignment in Brittany||Jeannine|
|Whispering Footsteps||Rose Murphy|
|1944||The Lady and the Monster||Mary Lou|
|National Velvet||Malvolia Brown|
- Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 608. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
- "Movie Star Biography - Juanita Quigley". Premiere.com. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
- "Former Child Star Now Working as Nun". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. November 1, 1956. p. 21. Retrieved December 24, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Staggs, Sam (2009). Born to Be Hurt: The Untold Story of Imitation of Life. Macmillan. p. 370. ISBN 9780312373368. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
- Child Actress Now A Nun: Juanita Quigley Takes Vow as Catholic, Eugene Register-Guard, Aug 18, 1951, page 30.
- Hans J. Wollstein. "Juanita Quigley Biography". AllMovie.com. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
- Interview with her son on 09 Aug 2010
- Interview with her son on 21 Sept 2010
- Personal interview with Juanita Quigley on 20 Sept 2010
- Willson, Dixie (1935). Little Hollywood Stars. Akron, OH, and New York: Saalfield Pub. Co.