Scouted by one of Walt Disney’s producers, it was suggested Hayley Mills be given the lead in “Pollyanna,” which turned out to be the singular move to catapult her to stardom; she received a special Academy Award! Whilst she was a favorite in Disney films, it wasn’t until she played Susan and Sharon from the O.G. film “The Parent Trap.”
Now any 90s kids reading this, we’re not talking about the Lindsay Lohan version; we’re talking about the actress who inspired Lohan! After her success as a child actor, Hayley Mills moved into theatre work, transitioning nicely from being remembered as Pollyanna and Susan/Sharon into more mature roles. Now, Mills has two children and recently starred in Isobel Mahon’s Party Face theatre production.
Iowa-born Beverley Owen, like many young women of the era, had a dream. In pursuit of this dream, Beverley moved to New York to see if acting was for her. The majority of jobs for women during the 50s were as receptionists or typists, with Owen employed as the latter. However, it seems she was better at reading lines than typing them and was fired due to her dismal typing skills whilst working at CBS.
It wasn’t until she secured the role of Marilyn Munster during the first season of "The Munsters" that she received some recognition. In a shock twist, the blonde-wig-wearing Beverley exited the show after just 13 episodes to get married to the writer and producer Jon Stone.
If you’re the wife of “The King,” does that automatically make you “The Queen?” Next up is Priscilla Presley, ex-wife of the legendary Elvis Presley. The former model and actress is known for her roles in "The Naked Gun" films as well as Jenna Wade on the iconic series Dallas. Over the years, there has been much talk as to why Priscilla did what she did and divorced Elvis, however in recent times Priscilla Presley opened up.
Marrying a superstar like Elvis meant not going out and being basically under house arrest. For the young and glamorous Priscilla, she felt robbed of her youth in a way, and decided to live her life by her own rules, to “find out what the world was like.” Power to you Priscilla, for living your own life!
Best known for her role in All in the Family as Gloria Stivic, Sally Struthers has had a long time in the sun but isn’t ready to give it all up just yet! Her role as Gloria kickstarted her career, earning her two Emmy awards. It was also a role that was rather liberal for the time, crushing stereotypes and inequality. Struthers is famous for her role particularly due to the controversial subject matter which was brought to the attention of millions of Americans.
She is probably also familiar to you from her role as Babette on "Gilmore Girls!" Struthers has also made her presence known in theatre, starring in the production of "Annie," as well as "Hello Dolly!" A multi-faceted entertainer, Struthers is also passionate about activism, working with charities such as ChildFund, and appearing in many commercials!
With a long list of starring roles in musicals and plays, you probably remember Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood in the hit ABC series "Three’s Company." Her theatrical credits include roles in "Oklahoma," "The Crucible," "The Mikado," "Li’l Abner," Peter Pan, Dracula: An Original Rock Music, The Vagina Monologues and Gypsy. An educated woman, DeWitt holds both Arts and Fine Arts degrees, and clearly is more than just a pretty face. One of her most admirable traits, however, is her compassion.
DeWitt is a passionate activist and philanthropist, dedicated to ending hunger and homelessness, as well as supporting a number of environmental issues, recently co-hosting the World Food Day Gala at the Kennedy Center with Jeff Bridges. Adamant on spreading awareness for homelessness in America, DeWitt has just completed narrating a documentary set to be released this year, titled "Street Signs: Homeless But Not Hopeless."