Ann Gillis

Ann Gillis

Ann Gillis was born Alma Mabel Conner on February 12, 1927, in Little Rock, Arkansas. At age seven, she appeared in her first film, Men in White (1934), as an extra. During the next two years, she had uncredited appearances in six more films until she received her first major role in King of Hockey (1936). Warner Brothers Studios gave significant screen time to Gillis in this movie, in hopes that she would become another Shirley Temple. Although (like all child stars of the 1930s) she never achieved Temple's level of fame, for the next several years Gillis starred in many films, almost always playing a spoiled, bratty character. She had two rare sympathetic roles as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) and as the title character in Little Orphan Annie (1938). One scene in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer called for her to go into screaming hysterics when her character was trapped in a cave of bats, and Gillis delivered in a powerful performance that is probably the most memorable scene of her film career. As Gillis grew older, however, her career slowed down, and she left Hollywood in 1947. When she left Hollywood she married Paul Ziebold and had 2 sons. She then divorced, relocated to New York City and married Richard Fraser, a Scottish-born actor (they had a son born in 1958). During the 1950s and '60s, Gillis made sporadic television appearances, and in 1959, she hosted a national telecast presentation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Gillis and her husband moved to England in 1961, and they were living in London when they heard of a casting call for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) that called for an American actress living in the city. Gillis auditioned and got the role; it remains her final film to date.


Born: Feb 12, 1927 In Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Credits: 30


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Known For
2001: A Space OdysseyBambiSince You Went AwayStage Door CanteenThe Adventures of Tom SawyerMan from Music MountainBeau Geste
Filmography
2001: A Space Odyssey2001: A Space Odyssey
Role: Poole's Mother
1968
Big Town After DarkBig Town After Dark
Role: Susan Peabody LaRue (as Anne Gillis)
1947
Gay BladesGay Blades
Role: Helen Dowell (as Anne Gillis)
1946
The CheatersThe Cheaters
Role: Angela Pidgeon
1945
JanieJanie
Role: Paula Rainey
1944
A Wave, a WAC and a MarineA Wave, a WAC and a Marine
Role: Judy (as Anne Gillis)
1944
In SocietyIn Society
Role: Gloria Winthrop
1944
Since You Went AwaySince You Went Away
Role: Becky Anderson - Class President (uncredited)
1944
Stage Door CanteenStage Door Canteen
Role: Ann Gillis
1943
Man from Music MountainMan from Music Mountain
Role: Penny Winters
1943
Meet the StewartsMeet the Stewarts
Role: Jane Goodwin
1942
'Neath Brooklyn Bridge'Neath Brooklyn Bridge
Role: Sylvia
1942
Tough as They ComeTough as They Come
Role: Frankie Taylor
1942
BambiBambi
Role: Adolescent Faline (voice)
1942
Mr. DynamiteMr. Dynamite
Role: Joey aka Abigail
1941
Nice Girl?Nice Girl?
Role: Nancy Dana
1941
Glamour BoyGlamour Boy
Role: Brenda Lee
1941
My Love Came BackMy Love Came Back
Role: Valerie Malette
1940
Edison, the ManEdison, the Man
Role: Nancy Grey
1940
All This, and Heaven TooAll This, and Heaven Too
Role: Emily Schuyler
1940
Little MenLittle Men
Role: Nan
1940
Beau GesteBeau Geste
Role: Isobel Rivers as a Child
1939
The Under-PupThe Under-Pup
Role: Letty Lou
1939
Peck's Bad Boy with the CircusPeck's Bad Boy with the Circus
Role: Fluerette de Cava
1938
Little Orphan AnnieLittle Orphan Annie
Role: Annie
1938
The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Role: Becky Thatcher
1938
You Can't Buy LuckYou Can't Buy Luck
Role: Peggy
1937
The CalifornianThe Californian
Role: Rosalia as a Child
1937
The Singing CowboyThe Singing Cowboy
Role: Lou Ann Stevens
1936
King of HockeyKing of Hockey
Role: Peggy O'Rourke
1936


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