Gillis in 1966; photo taken by her husband Richard Fraser
Alma Mabel Conner
February 12, 1927
|Died||January 31, 2018 (aged 90)|
|Occupation||Actress, voice artist|
|Spouse(s)||Paul Ziebold (1947–1951) (divorced) (two children)|
Richard Fraser (1952–1970) (divorced) (1 child)
René Van Hulst (1991–1999) (his death)
Alma Mabel Conner (February 12, 1927 – January 31, 2018), known professionally as Ann Gillis, was an American actress, best known for her film roles as a child actress. She performed the voice of Faline in the 1942 Disney animated film Bambi.
Gillis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She started her career in the early 1930s, when she was seven years old. After some smaller roles, she got her first major part in King of Hockey (1936). In the following years she played supporting roles, and her film studio, Warner Brothers Pictures, wanted her to be another Shirley Temple, but she mostly played "spoiled brats".
Among her biggest roles were Becky Thatcher in David O. Selznick's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) and Annie in Little Orphan Annie (1938). She also provided the voice of Faline in Bambi (1942).
She ended her Hollywood film career in 1947 and married her second husband, British actor Richard Fraser, in 1952. Following her Hollywood career, she turned to occasional television work in the UK. Gillis appeared in two episodes of The Saint in 1964/1965, followed by a small part in 2001: A Space Odyssey, playing Dr Poole's mother. She is seen onscreen congratulating her son on his birthday. She later lived in Belgium.
On January 31, 2018, Gillis died in a nursing home in Horam, East Sussex, England.
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