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Mitzi Green
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Actress
    (October 22, 1920-May 29, 1969)
    Born in Bronx, New York
    Birth name was Elizabeth Keno
    Frequently billed as 'Mitze Green' and 'Little Mitzi, the Child Mimic'
    Acted in 'Tom Sawyer' (1930), 'Skippy' (1931), 'Newly Rich' (1931), 'Huckleberry Finn' (1931), 'Little Orphan Annie' (1932), 'Girl Crazy' (1932) and 'Lost in Alaska' (1952)
    Acted in the original Broadway productions of 'Babes in Arms' (1937) and 'Billion Dollar Baby' (1945-1946)
    Trademark song was 'My Funny Valentine'
    Catchphrase was 'I've got a secret!'
    She began her career at the age of 3.
    She was once sent a pet baby alligator by one of her fans.
    Her tomboyish 'bowl cut' was eventually ripped off by Mary 'Scout' Badham in To Kill a Mockingbird.
    She developed early, resulting in her career fizzling out even faster than normal for a child star.
    She was deemed as 'too big' and 'too buxom' to be convincing as Little Orphan Annie.
    Even in her film debut at the age of 9, she was deemed as looking to 'grown' (in an 'Our Gang' comedy short).
    She matured so quickly that she was actually cast in a romantic lead as a coquettish socialite in 'Transatlantic Merry Go Round.'
    She became a hit on the vaudeville circuit as a child by doing imitations of the popular minstrel routine, Moran and Mack, 'the Two Black Crows.'
    She was also popular for her imitations of vampish sex symbols of the period, including Greta Garbo, Clara Bow, Jean Harlow and, most famously, Mae West.
    She was the first child Paramount ever signed to a multi-picture contract.
    She was able to make the transition from child actress to a successful career on Broadway.
    She died of cancer at the age of only 48 (May, 1969).
    She managed to play the bratty, manipulative smart-mouthed kid without being precociously annoying.
    Margaret O'Brien, the biggest child star box office draw of the 1940s, may have patterned her star-making 'bratty persona' on Green's.
    She did hilarious, often spot-on, imitations of Edna May Oliver, Bing Crosby, George Arliss, W.C. Fields, and Maurice Chevalier.
    Film historians now view her as the anti-Shirley Temple of the 1930s (whose popularity delivered the final blow to Greene's dying career).
    She enjoyed a brief comeback starring in an Abbott and Costello comedy and playing a recurring role in the sitcom, 'So This is Hollywood.'
    She worked with the legendary Green/Comden and Rodgers/Hart teamings.
    She was the first performer to sing the nightclub staples, 'My Funny Valentine' and 'The Lady is a Tramp' in their original Broadway productions.

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