Child star Mitzi Green (born today in 1920) got her start performing in a vaudeville act with her parents, Keno and Green. Before long, the parents dropped out! The talented kid could do impressions, sing, dance, and act. In the early 30s, she had starring parts in several Hollywood films, including the title role in Little Orphan Annie (1932) and Becky Thatcher in Huckleberry Finn (1930). She also holds her own with Wheeler and Woolsey in Girl Crazy (1934). By 1934, she was beginning to enter her awkward years, and went back to live performing. There were some Broadway successes, such as Babes in Arms and Billion Dollar Baby, and some film and television roles, but her career never did regain its steam. She died in 1969.
Here she is at the peak of her career as a child star in 1930’s Love Among the Millionaires:
To find out more about the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.