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 1960s 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” (1959), opposite her father. Based on this strong debut, Walt Disney signed Mills to a five-year contract, putting her in a series of sweet, ingratiating innocents ranging from “Pollyanna” (1960), for which she earned a special juvenile Academy Award, to a dual role of twins trying to reunite their divorced parents in “The Parent Trap” (1961) and the musical “Summer Magic” (1963 – a remake of Mother Carey’s Chickens, filmed by RKO in 1938). She also co-starred as one of three children who discover an escaped convict and believe he is Jesus Christ in Bryan Forbes’ “Whistle Down the Wind” (1961), adapted from a novel by her mother. After playing a perturbing student at a convent school who reforms in “The Trouble With Angels” (1966), directed by Ida Lupino, Mills shocked the Establishment and shed her pure image with a celebrated nude scene in “The Family Way” (also 1966). TCM.
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