Shirley Mills in Child Bride
April 8, 1926|
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
March 31, 2010 (aged 83)|
Arcadia, California, U.S.
Shirley O. Mills|
|Spouse(s)||Mel Hanson (1977–1995; his death)|
Shirley Olivia Mills (April 8, 1926 – March 31, 2010) was an American actress. She played the roles of the youngest daughter in The Grapes of Wrath and the title character in Child Bride. In the latter, she is shown nude in a nude swimming scene, filmed when she was about 12 years old, which became the basis for Child Bride being classified for many years as an exploitation film.
Born in Tacoma, Washington, Mills started her career as a child dancer, and later appeared in films such as Child Bride (1938[a]) at the age of 12, The Grapes of Wrath (1940), and the Shirley Temple film Young People (1940). She stopped making films in her early twenties, and went on to be a singer and a data processing salesperson. She married Mel Hanson in 1977 who died in 1995; they had no children.
|1938||Child Bride||Jennie Colton||Alternative titles: Child Bride of the Ozarks|
Dust to Dust
|1939||The Under-Pup||Cecilia Layton|
|1940||The Grapes of Wrath||Ruth "Ruthie" Joad|
|Virginia City||Crying young Southern girl||Uncredited|
|Young People||Mary Ann|
|Five Little Peppers in Trouble||June|
|Diamond Frontier||Girl in Bonnet playing in Street||Uncredited|
|1942||Miss Annie Rooney||Audrey Hollis|
|1943||Shadow of a Doubt||Shirley||Alternative title: Shadow of Doubt|
|Reveille with Beverly||Laura Jean Oliver||Uncredited|
|Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour||Hortense||Uncredited|
Alternative title: Henry Gets Glamour
|Mister Big||Member, Jivin' Jacks and Jills||Uncredited|
Alternative title: Man of the Family
|Always a Bridesmaid||Member of The Jivin' Jacks and Jills||Uncredited|
|True to Life||Radio Sister||Uncredited|
|1944||Chip Off the Old Block||Member, Jivin' Jacks and Jills||Uncredited|
|None Shall Escape||Anna Oremska|
|Nine Girls||"Tennessee" Collingwood|
|1945||Patrick the Great||Member, Jivin' Jacks and Jills||Uncredited|
Alternative title: Welcome Home
|1946||Blondie's Lucky Day||Grace Perkins||(scenes deleted)|
|Betty Co-ed||Gloria Campbell||Alternative title: The Melting Pot|
|That Brennan Girl||Olivette the Babysitter||Uncredited|
Alternative title: Tough Girl
|1949||An Old-Fashioned Girl||Belle|
|1950||It's a Small World||Susan Musk at Age 16||Credited as Shirley O. Mills|
|What Happened to Jo Jo||Jennifer Van Zandt||Short|
Credited as Shirley O. Mills
|1951||Fighting Coast Guard||Verna||Uncredited|
|The Family Secret||File Girl||Uncredited|
|The Model and the Marriage Broker||Ina Kuschner||Uncredited|
|1952||My Six Convicts||Blonde Tilly||Uncredited|
Alternative title: My 6 Convicts
|1954||My Little Margie||Muriel Joyner||1 episode|
Credited as Shirley O'Mills
|1956||Ford Star Jubilee||1 episode|
- Obituary Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2010; page AA7.
- "Child Bride (1938)". AllMovie. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
- Schaefer, Eric (1999). "Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!": A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959. Duke University Press. pp. 282–283. ISBN 9780822323747.
- "Child Bride (1943) AFI Catalog of Feature Films
- Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. pp. 200–209. ISBN 1476613702.
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