Biography

Perkins was working as a receptionist at a New York City advertising agency when she caught the eye of a visiting photographer with a resultant career as a model; by 1958 Perkins was an international cover girl. However, in 1958, she was vigorously pursued, and then selected, to appear in her first film, in the title role of The Diary of Anne Frank. Perkins had never studied nor sought to be an actress, but George Stevens saw her on the cover of several magazines and tried to convince her to read for the part. Finally, she flew to Hollywood for a screen test and, with much fanfare, landed the role of Anne Frank in George Stevens' 1959 film "The Diary of Anne Frank." Perkins received almost universally excellent reviews for her portrayal of Anne although the film was a notorious commercial flop.

After her work with George Stevens, Perkins was placed under contract to 20th Century Fox, She was one of the bright young stars of Hollywood but the studio contract system, which was coming to an end just as the young Millie Perkins was signed into it, was a poor fit for this young star, who had come of age with the Beat Generation in 1950s New York City. George Stevens would later state:"Millie did not fit in. She was 10 years too early." Suspended for refusing the lead in the 1960 film Tess of the Storm Country - Perkins saw the film as a B-picture and a step back career-wise - Perkins was cast by 20th Century Fox in the 1961 film Wild in the Country, playing the supporting role of the girlfriend to star Elvis Presley; the studio then dropped Perkins. Joshua Logan personally selected Perkins for the female lead in the 1964 film Ensign Pulver but the film was a failure: Perkins would not appear in another mainstream film release for almost twenty years. She played the female lead in both of Jack Nicholson's inaugural productions The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind - shot side by side in 1964 - and in 1968 co-starred in Wild in the Streets which was written by her then-husband Robert Thom.

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Perkins was working as a receptionist at a New York City advertising agency when she caught the eye of a visiting photographer with a resultant career as a model; by 1958 Perkins was an international cover girl. However, in 1958, she was vigorously pursued, and then selected, to appear in her first film, in the title role of The Diary of Anne Frank. Perkins had never studied nor sought to be an actress, but George Stevens saw her on the cover of several magazines and tried to convince her to read for the part. Finally, she flew to Hollywood for a screen test and, with much fanfare, landed the role of Anne Frank in George Stevens' 1959 film "The Diary of Anne Frank." Perkins received almost universally excellent reviews for her portrayal of Anne although the film was a notorious commercial flop.

After her work with George Stevens, Perkins was placed under contract to 20th Century Fox, She was one of the bright young stars of Hollywood but the studio contract system, which was coming to an end just as the young Millie Perkins was signed into it, was a poor fit for this young star, who had come of age with the Beat Generation in 1950s New York City. George Stevens would later state:"Millie did not fit in. She was 10 years too early." Suspended for refusing the lead in the 1960 film Tess of the Storm Country - Perkins saw the film as a B-picture and a step back career-wise - Perkins was cast by 20th Century Fox in the 1961 film Wild in the Country, playing the supporting role of the girlfriend to star Elvis Presley; the studio then dropped Perkins. Joshua Logan personally selected Perkins for the female lead in the 1964 film Ensign Pulver but the film was a failure: Perkins would not appear in another mainstream film release for almost twenty years. She played the female lead in both of Jack Nicholson's inaugural productions The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind - shot side by side in 1964 - and in 1968 co-starred in Wild in the Streets which was written by her then-husband Robert Thom.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 41

Birthday 1938-05-12

Place of Birth Passaic, New Jersey, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 Elvis (0 episodes)
2001 A Woman's a Helluva Thing as Annie
1998 Any Day Now (2 episodes)
1996 The Chamber as Ruth Kramer
1995 Bodily Harm as Dr. Spencer
1994 Midnight Run for Your Life as Aunt Mimi
1993 Murder of Innocence as Edna Webber
1993 Necronomicon as Lena
1991 Pistol: The Birth of a Legend as Helen Maravich
1990 Call Me Anna as Frances Duke
1990 Elvis (13 episodes)
1988 Two Moon Junction as Mrs. Delongpre
1988 Broken Angel as Penny Bartman
1987 Wall Street as Mrs. Fox
1987 Slam Dance as Bobby Nye
1987 thirtysomething (1 episode)
1986 The Thanksgiving Promise as Lois Tilby
1986 The Penalty Phase as Nancy Faulkner
1986 Jake Speed as Mrs Winston
1986 At Close Range as Julie
1985 A.D. (5 episodes) as Maria
1984 Anatomy of an Illness as Ellen Cousins
1984 License to Kill as Mary Fiske
1983 Table For Five as Kathleen
1983 The Haunting Passion as Lois O'Connor
1981 Be Pretty and Shut Up! as Herself
1979 Knots Landing (6 episodes)
1979 Hart to Hart (1 episode)
1976 The Witch Who Came from the Sea as Molly
1975 Lady Cocoa as Marie
1974 Cockfighter as Frances Mansfield
1968 Wild in the Streets as Mary Fergus
1966 The Shooting as Woman
1966 Ride in the Whirlwind as Abigail
1964 Ensign Pulver as Scotty
1963 Breaking Point (1 episode)
1963 Girl from La Mancha as Aldonza / Dulcinea
1961 Ben Casey (1 episode)
1961 Wild in the Country as Betty Lee Parsons
1959 The Diary of Anne Frank as Anne Frank
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (2 episodes)

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