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Ann Gillis

Ann Gillis

  • Born on
    • February 12th, 1927
  • Died on
    • January 31st, 2018
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. Ann moved to Belgium in 1972 where she met and married Belgian René Van Hulst (deceased 1999). She lived in Belgium from 1972 to 2014 and became a Belgian citizen, devoting much of her time to painting and music, she was an accomplished pianist and harpist. She moved to England, UK in December 2014 and passed away peacefully on 31/1/2018.

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Filmography

Acting (15 Credits)

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19682001: A Space Odyssey as Poole's Mother
1947Big Town After Dark as Susan Peabody LaRue (as Anne Gillis)
1946The Time of Their Lives as Nora O'Leary
1945The Cheaters as Angela Pidgeon
1944In Society as Gloria Winthrop
1944Since You Went Away as Becky Anderson - Class President (uncredited)
1943Man from Music Mountain as Penny Winters
1943Stage Door Canteen as Ann Gillis
1942Bambi as Adolescent Faline (voice) (uncredited)
1942'Neath Brooklyn Bridge as Sylvia
1942Meet the Stewarts as Jane Goodwin
1940Edison, the Man as Nancy Grey
1940All This, and Heaven Too as Emily Schuyler
1939Beau Geste as Isobel Rivers (as a Child)
1938The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as Becky Thatcher

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