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photograph in 1932 Argentinean Magazine
October 22, 1920
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 24, 1969
Huntington Beach, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||cancer|
|Resting place||Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, California|
|Spouse(s)||Joseph Pevney (1942–1969) (her death) (4 children)|
Mitzi Green (born Elizabeth Keno; October 22, 1920 – May 24, 1969) was an American child actress for Paramount and RKO, in the early talkie era. She then acted on Broadway and in other stage works, as well as in films and on television.
Green was cast in such conventional juvenile parts as Becky Thatcher in Tom Sawyer (1930) and Huckleberry Finn (1931) opposite Jackie Coogan and Jackie Searl. She also starred in the title role of Little Orphan Annie. At the age of 14, she played a soubrette role in Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934). This film closed out the first stage of her Hollywood career.
She went on to Broadway, where she starred in the original production of Rodgers and Hart's Babes in Arms (1937). Two of Green's numbers in the musical were "My Funny Valentine," which would ultimately become a jazz standard in many cover recordings and performances, and "The Lady is a Tramp".
Green made one more film in 1940, then went back to stage and nightclub work, including Walk With Music by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer and the Betty Comden and Adolph Green musical Billion Dollar Baby. Green married Broadway (and later movie and TV) director Joseph Pevney and retired to raise a family. In 1951, she returned briefly to the screen opposite Abbott and Costello in Lost in Alaska (1951) and in Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952), co-starring another Mitzi--Mitzi Gaynor.
After a brief stint on the nightclub circuit, Green retired again, although she did appear in summer stock and dinner theater around the Los Angeles area thereafter, and she appeared occasionally as a guest on talk shows.
- The Marriage Playground (1929)
- Honey (1930)
- Love Among the Millionaires (1930)
- The Santa Fe Trail (1930)
- Tom Sawyer (1930)
- Follow the Leader (1930)
- Paramount on Parade (1930) as herself
- The Slippery Pearls, aka The Stolen Jools (1931) as herself
- Finn and Hattie (1931)
- Skippy (1931)
- Dude Ranch (1931)
- Newly Rich (1931)
- Huckleberry Finn (1931)
- Girl Crazy (1932)
- Little Orphan Annie (1932)
- Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934)
- Santa Fe Trail (1940) uncredited
- Lost in Alaska (1952)
- Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)
- Best, Marc. Those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen (South Brunswick and New York: Barnes & Co., 1971), pp. 100-104.
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