Tuesday, November 16, 2010

‘Baby’ Marie Osborne

Child star ‘Baby’ Marie Osborne, whose career dated to the silent film era, has passed away in Southern California. The actress died on November 11 at the age of 99. According to press reports, the Denver-born Osborne was a favorite of audience during the First World War, when she made her film debut at age three, and soon appeared as the lead in 29 motion pictures (mostly for Balboa Studios), including Little Mary Sunshine (1916). That film is one of her few that survive to this day.

Her Wikipedia entry notes that her career was over by the time she was 8 years old. She returned to work with director Henry King (with whom she had worked before) in his 1934 picture, Carolina, with Janet Gaynor and Lionel Barrymore. Osborne also occasionally worked as an extra or a stand-in, frequently for actresses Ginger Rogers, Deanna Durbin, and Betty Hutton.

Among the press reports which have appeared announcing her death was this extensive article in the London Telegraph.

Henry King & Baby Marie (front), Lon Chaney with hat (center back)

1 comment:

  1. Here is the link to the even more extensive 11/17/2010 article in the New York Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/arts/17osborne.htm