Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 33

Birthday 1927-02-12

Day of Death 2018-01-31

Place of Birth Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Official Site http://www.1canhelp.com/ann_gillis/

Also Known As

  • Anne Gillis
  • Alma Mabel Conner

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1968 2001: A Space Odyssey as Poole's Mother
1962 The Saint (1 episode)
1962 Man of the World (1 episode)
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1947 Big Town After Dark as Susan Peabody LaRue (as Anne Gillis)
1946 Gay Blades as Helen Dowell (as Anne Gillis)
1945 The Cheaters as Angela Pidgeon
1944 A Wave, a WAC and a Marine as Judy (as Anne Gillis)
1944 Janie as Paula Rainey
1944 In Society as Gloria Winthrop
1944 Since You Went Away as Becky Anderson - Class President (uncredited)
1943 Man from Music Mountain as Penny Winters
1943 Stage Door Canteen as Ann Gillis
1942 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge as Sylvia
1942 Bambi as Adolescent Faline (voice)
1942 Tough as They Come as Frankie Taylor
1942 Meet the Stewarts as Jane Goodwin
1941 Glamour Boy as Brenda Lee
1941 Mr. Dynamite as Joey aka Abigail
1941 Nice Girl? as Nancy Dana
1940 Little Men as Nan
1940 All This, and Heaven Too as Emily Schuyler
1940 My Love Came Back as Valerie Malette
1940 Edison, the Man as Nancy Grey
1939 The Under-Pup as Letty Lou
1939 Beau Geste as Isobel Rivers (as a Child)
1938 Little Orphan Annie as Annie
1938 Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus as Fluerette de Cava
1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as Becky Thatcher
1937 The Californian as Rosalia as a Child
1937 You Can't Buy Luck as Peggy
1936 King of Hockey as Peggy O'Rourke
1936 The Singing Cowboy as Lou Ann Stevens

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