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Shirley Mills


Born - 8 April 1926, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Died - 31 March 2010

Although best remembered as the wilful little Ruthie Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), this diminutive, dark-haired actress appeared in dozens more movies between 1938 and 1952, albeit mostly in juvenile roles. After a debut in Child Bride (1938), she was also lively in The Under-Pup (1939), Young People (1940), Miss Annie Rooney (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943) and Nine Girls (1944). She joined the dancing group The Jivin' Jills, and appeared with them in several light 'junior' musicals, including Mister Big (1943), Chip Off the Old Block (1944) and Patrick the Great (1945). Later movies included That Brennan Girl (1946), but she was well down the cast list in An Old-Fashioned Girl (1949), The Family Secret (1951), The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951) and My Six Convicts (1952), her last. Later she became a wedding planner and married, for the first time at 51, a retired clergyman, who was killed in a car accident 18 years later. She died from pneumonia complications.