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Millie Perkins

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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Millie Perkins, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
May 12, 1938 In Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
37
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Series Elvis 2005-05-08
Known For
Poster of Pistol: The Birth of a Legend
Poster of License to Kill
Poster of The Shooting
Poster of Girl from La Mancha
Filmography
Series Elvis Unknown 2005-05-08
Movie A Woman's a Helluva Thing Annie 2001-06-13
Movie The Chamber Ruth Kramer 1996-10-11
Movie Bodily Harm Dr. Spencer 1995-04-21
Movie Midnight Run for Your Life Aunt Mimi 1994-07-14
Movie Necronomicon Lena 1993-11-01
Movie Murder of Innocence Edna Webber 1993-11-30
Movie Pistol: The Birth of a Legend Helen Maravich 1991-09-29
Series Elvis 1990-02-06
Movie Call Me Anna Frances Duke 1990-11-11
Movie Broken Angel Penny Bartman 1988-03-13
Movie Two Moon Junction Mrs. Delongpre 1988-04-29
Series thirtysomething Unknown 1987-09-29
Movie Slam Dance Bobby Nye 1987-10-02
Movie Wall Street Mrs. Fox 1987-12-10
Movie At Close Range Julie 1986-04-18
Movie Jake Speed Mrs Winston 1986-05-30
Series A.D. Maria 1985-03-31
Movie License to Kill Mary Fiske 1984-01-10
Movie Anatomy of an Illness Ellen Cousins 1984-05-15
Movie Table For Five Kathleen 1983-02-18
Movie The Haunting Passion Lois O'Connor 1983-01-01
Movie Be Pretty and Shut Up! Herself 1981-03-04
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Series Knots Landing Unknown 1979-12-27
Movie The Witch Who Came from the Sea Molly 1976-02-06
Movie Lady Cocoa Marie 1975-12-01
Movie Cockfighter Frances Mansfield 1974-08-01
Movie Wild in the Streets Mary Fergus 1968-05-29
Movie Ride in the Whirlwind Abigail 1966-10-23
Movie The Shooting Woman 1966-10-23
Movie Ensign Pulver Scotty 1964-07-31
Movie Girl from La Mancha Aldonza / Dulcinea 1963-05-15
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie Wild in the Country Betty Lee Parsons 1961-06-15
Movie The Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank 1959-03-18
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24