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Born: May 12, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Passaic, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, model

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She won one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood history--Anne Frank, the Jewish teen who still affirms the human spirit while hiding from the Nazis--in George Stevens' "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959). Yet the almost fragile, seemingly eternal dark-haired ingenue Millie Perkins failed to ignite with the audience to become a big movie star, partly because she projected an ordinary quality. There was so sense of urgency or recognition of the inherent dangers. After finding steady work in the 1960s, she seemed to disappear in the 70s, only to renew her career as a strong supporting player in the 80s and 90s.

She won one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood history--Anne Frank, the Jewish teen who still affirms the human spirit while hiding from the Nazis--in George Stevens' "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959). Yet the almost fragile, seemingly eternal dark-haired ingenue Millie Perkins failed to ignite with the audience to become a big movie star, partly because she projected an ordinary quality. There was so sense of urgency or recognition of the inherent dangers. After finding steady work in the 1960s, she seemed to disappear in the 70s, only to renew her career as a strong supporting player in the 80s and 90s.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Lost City, The (2005)
3.
 Summer of Ben Tyler, The (1996) Doris Carpenter
4.
 H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon (1996) Lena ("The Cold")
5.
 Harvest of Fire (1996) Ruth
6.
 Chamber, The (1996) Ruth Kramer
7.
 Bodily Harm (1995) Dr Spencer
8.
 Murder of Innocence (1993) Edna Webber
9.
 Pistol: The Birth of a Legend, The (1991) Helen Maravich
10.
 Sharkskin (1991)
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Raised in Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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Was model and cover girl
1959:
Made feature film debut in title role of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
1960:
Made first TV appearance on Bob Hope variety special
1961:
Appeared in first TV episodic, "Wagon Train" (NBC)
1961:
Starred opposite Elvis Presley in "Wild in the Country"
1968:
Last feature appearance for six years in "WIld in the Streets"
1974:
Returned to features in Monte Hellman's "Cockfight"
1976:
Last feature for seven years, "The Witch Who Came in From the Sea"
1981:
Made TV-movie debut, "A Gun in the House" (CBS)
1983:
Returned to features as Jon Voight's ex-wife in "Table of Five"
1983:
Appeared as regular on one season of "Knots Landing" as Jane Sumner
1985:
Played the Virgin Mary in the NBC miniseries "A.D."
1986:
Cast as mother to Sean Penn in "At Close Range"
1990:
Co-starred in the short-lived ABC series "Elvis" as Presley's mother Gladys
1990:
Played mother of Patty Duke in the TV-movie biopic "Call Me Anna" (CBS)
1996:
Featured in the CBS TV-movie "Harvest of Shame", co-starring Patty Duke
1996:
Appeared as the mother of murder victims in "The Chamber"
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Notes

Perkins on appearing as Elvis Presley's leading lady in "Wild in the Country": "I was very shy then. I was a newcomer. Elvis was so polite and gracious to me. Elvis understood people." --quoted in PR material for the ABC TV series "Elvis"

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husband:
Dean Stockwell. Actor. Married 1960; divorced 1962.
husband:
Dean Stockwell. Actor.
husband:
Robert Thom. Screenwriter; director. Wrote "Wild in the Streets" (1968).
husband:
Robert Thom. Survived him.
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