Shirley Mills (actress)

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Shirley Olivia Mills (born April 8, 1926 in Tacoma , Washington , † March 31, 2010 in Arcadia , California ) was an American youth actress in the 1940s.


After moving to Southern California with her family in 1937, she was quickly booked as an actress. Through her appearance in The Under-pup in 1939 alongside Gloria Jean , she attracted the attention of John Ford , who then cast her in his literary film The Fruits of Wrath the following year . After a few more films Mills played in 1942 in the romantic drama Miss Annie Rooney on the side of Shirley Temple and in 1944 in the war drama None Shall Escape alongside Marsha Hunt and Alexander Knox . She subsequently became a member of Jivin 'Jacks and Jills , a jitterbug dance group from Universal Studios, and worked as a model and for advertising. Her film career stalled from 1946 and finally ended completely ten years later.

In her later professional life, Mills worked in the data processing industry and was President of the Data Processing Management Assn. in Los Angeles .

Shirley Mills was married to Mel Hanson from 1977 until his death in 1995. The marriage remained childless.

Web links

Commons : Shirley Mills  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Los Angeles Times , April 9, 2010