Married name: Ann Fraser
Born: 12 February 1927, Little Rock, Arkansas, as Alma Mabel Conner
spouse: actor Richard Fraser. Married 1948, divorced 1970; 3 sons.
Ann’s half brother is Brandon Carrol.
Ann Gillis was a child actress. Major films: Played Becky Thatcher in 1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Played leading role in 1939 Little Orphan Annie; 1946 The Time of Their Lives, and returned for adult role in 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey. Was voice of Bambi’s mother.
From the 1936 Lawlor Professional School Yearbook:
Ann Gillis was in the sixth grade in 1936
From the January 24, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•WHO’S WORKING: Ann Gillis – Just finishing “Nice Girl” and preparing for “Mrs. Dynamite” at Universal.
•Anne Gillis’ birthday is listed as on February 12.
From the Mar-Ken 1940 Yearbook, as a Sophomore:
ANN GILLIS – This little girl came into the world on February 12th in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her hobby is sketching and piano playing. Her favorite pastime is dancing, likes parties but dislikes diets. “Rhapsody In Blue” is her favorite song; History and Science her favorite subjects, and “Tom Sawyer” her favorite book. Her ambition is to be an actress dancer, artist, singer, and pianist.
From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
SNOOPER: Guest night at the Orpheum might have been called “Mar-Ken Night” one evening last week with the bright array of talent from “ye halls of learnin.” Seen heartily enjoying themselves were Linda Ware, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis and those men about town the Mauchs.
From the October 11, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
Ann Gillis was elected Vice-President of the Junior Class.
From the November 20, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
THANKSGIVING PLANS: Ann Gillis – – Picketing “Lady with Red Hair.”
From the February 28, 1941 issue of the Mar-Ken Journal (student newspaper):
Ann Gillis – Vice President of the junior grade, and our most famous redhead at Mar-Ken is Miss Gillis. Ann enjoys sketching people, and her ambition is to be a dancer, actress, singer, artist, musician and model. That’s a lot to undertake, but I think you’re going to achieve that and a lot more. Here’s wishing you luck.
From the Mar-Ken 1941 Yearbook, as a Junior:
Ann Gillis is the energetic Vice-President of the 11th grade. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on February 12. She likes to swim, dance and play the piano. Blue is her favorite color and, strangely enough, her favorite song is “Rhapsody in Blue.” She thinks “Gone With the Wind” is the best book she has ever read, but she has a hearty dislike for cats and Chihuahuas.
Ann Gillis was a Junior and National Honor Society charter member in 1941.
From the Mar-Ken 1942 Yearbook, as a Senior:
Ann Gillis: “Gilipuss” hates Hollywood mothers and brat children, and we don’t blame her, being in the midst of them. Her favorite color is powder blue and to match, her favorite song is “Saint Louis Blues”. She hails from the South and her hobby is re-fighting the Civil War.
Ann Gillis was the first President of the Mar-Ken French Class, and she was President of the Mar-Ken Chapter of the National Honor Society in 1942.
Links to other resources about Ann Gillis:
Interview on Entertainment Insiders website (archived):
Internet Movie Database listing:
Pictures on Classic Movie Kids website: