Her sister is the actress Juliet Mills. She grew up in her parents' home, an outgoing, funny child, and, because she spent so much time with her parents and their friends, very intelligent. When she went to boarding school at age nine, however, she became very shy around kids her own age. She found solace in theater productions at her school. She was noticed playing at her parent's home in by director J. Lee Thompson , who immediately cast her opposite, of her father in the thriller Tiger Bay Her debut performance turned heads around the world, from Germany, where she won an award at the Berlin Film Festival, to Hollywood, when Walt Disney came knocking at her door. He signed her to a five-year contract. For her first film for the studio, Pollyanna , she won critical raves, box-office success, and a special Juvenile Academy Award. Her second Disney film, The Parent Trap , in which she played identical twin sisters, was by far, much more popular.
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This week D23 is celebrating the sunshine of the classic film Pollyanna! Pollyanna Mills stars as Pollyanna, an orphan who brings joy to the lives of everyone she meets. Unfortunately, Aunt Polly Jane Wyman is too concerned with appearances, politics, and propriety to appreciate her effervescent niece. The Parent Trap Mills pulls double duty as Susan and Sharon, identical twins separated at birth. Neither knows the other exists until a twist of fate finds them at the same summer camp. Realizing their relationships, they plan a little twist of their own: switching places!
Birthday: Apr 18, Birthplace: London, England, UK. The middle child of actor John Mills and writer Mary Hayley Bell, blonde, blue-eyed Hayley Mills became the epitome of English wholesomeness in the early s in a series of Disney films. She first came to attention with a highly-praised turn as a pre-teen murder witness in "Tiger Bay" , opposite her father.
In the early s, Hayley Mills was the most popular child film star in the Western world. While she is best known for her performances in six Disney movies, she also played leading roles in several British-made film dramas of the time. Now in her seventies, she has had a long career in film, television and stage acting, although it is for her work with Disney between and that she is best remembered. As I will show, these films raise several broader questions about the phenomenon of child stardom, and about the representation of childhood — and specifically of girlhood — during this period of rapid social and cultural change. Hayley Mills was born in London on April 18th,