Ann E. Todd
Ann E. Todd (born Ann Todd Phillips, later Ann Basart or Ann Phillips Basart August 26, 1931) is an American former child actress. Later in life she became a noted music librarian.
Ann E. Todd
Ann Todd Phillips
August 26, 1931
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Robert Basart (1951–1993; his death)|
Todd was born in 1931 in Denver, Colorado to Burrill L. and Alberta C. (née Mayfield) Phillips. She had a younger brother, Stephen (1937–1986). She is a distant relative of Mary Todd Lincoln. Due to the privations of the Great Depression, she and her younger brother were reportedly raised by her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ulysses Mayfield,[failed verification] her adoptive name was Ann Todd Mayfield. (A Newspaper Enterprise Association story published June 13, 1940, refers to Mrs. A.U. Mayfield as Todd's mother.)
In 1942, Todd was hospitalized in critical condition when blood poisoning developed after she cut her foot playing a game in her backyard.
In 1939, Todd made her acting debut in Zaza directed by George Cukor. In a career spanning over 14 years, she appeared in almost 40 movies alongside notable stars such as Ingrid Bergman, Shirley Temple, James Stewart, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck and Marlene Dietrich.
Due to the similarities between her name and the then already established British actress Ann Todd, she added the initial "E." to her name. Todd was a regular in The Stu Erwin Show between 1950–53 before quitting show business for good. She became a teacher and librarian in her later life before retiring in California.
Librarian and Academic CareerEdit
After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles she attended the University of California, Berkeley where she obtained a Masters' degree in library science in 1958 and a Master of Arts in 1960. She was a reference librarian at U.C. Berkeley from 1960-61 and 1970-90. Among her accomplishments was founding and editing Cum Notis Variorum, the library's newsletter which gained a substantial reputation. Additionally Basart wrote reviews for the Music Library Association publication Notes as well as serving as its music review editor and book review editor.
In 1984 Basart established Fallen Leaf Press, publishing reference books in music as well as scores of contemporary American chamber music. Basart closed the business in 2000.
In 1993 she was recognized by the Music Library Association with its Citation, the Association’s tribute for lifetime achievement.
|Calling Dr. Kildare||Jenny|
|The Zero Hour||Beth|
|Stronger Than Desire||Susan Flagg|
|Bad Little Angel||Libbit Creighton, age 9|
|Tower of London||Princess|
|Destry Rides Again||Claggett girl|
|1940||The Blue Bird||Child|
|Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet||Marianne|
|Granny Get Your Gun||Charlotte|
|Little Orvie||Patsy Balliser|
|All This, and Heaven Too||Berthe|
|Brigham Young||Mary Kent|
|Keeping Company||First stooge|
|1941||Blood and Sand||Carmen, as a child|
|Bad Men of Missouri||Amy Younger|
|Private Nurse||Barbara Winton|
|How Green Was My Valley||Ceinwen|
|The Men in Her Life||Rose|
|Remember the Day||Kate Hill|
|1942||Kings Row||Randy Monaghan, as a child|
|On the Sunny Side||Betty|
|Beyond the Blue Horizon||Tama, as a child|
|That Other Woman||Young girl|
|Over My Dead Body||Tailor's little girl|
|1943||Dixie Dugan||Imogene Dugan|
|1945||Roughly Speaking||Louise Randall, as a child|
|Pride of the Marines||Loretta Merchant|
|1946||My Reputation||Gretchen Van Orman|
|The Jolson Story||Ann Murray, as a child|
|1947||Homesteaders of Paradise Valley||Melinda Hill|
|Dangerous Years||Doris Martin|
|1948||Three Daring Daughters||Ilka Morgan|
|Arthur Takes Over||Valarie Jeanne Bradford|
|1949||Cover Up||Cathie Weatherby|
|1951||The Lion Hunters||Jean Forbes|
- Kiley, Bill (January 8, 1940). "Air Notes and Anecdotes". Greenfield Daily Reporter. p. 2. Retrieved October 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 161.
- Harrison, Paul (June 13, 1940). "At 6 (?), Ann Todd Looks Like Shirley Temple's Successor, But She Doesn't Look Like Shirley". Mount Carmel Item. Pennsylvania, Mount Carmel. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 3. Retrieved January 8, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Child Film Star Is Critically Ill". Albuquerque Journal. May 28, 1942. p. 1. Retrieved October 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Ann E. Todd profile". Allmovie. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 1109.
- "Little Orvie". TCM. Retrieved November 15, 2013.[dead link]
- Mimi Tashiro, "Basart, Ann", Grove Music Online https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.A2083817 (accessed 18 November 2019).
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