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Sharyn Moffett (born Patricia Sharyn Moffett; September 12, 1936) is an American former child actress who appeared in films during the 1940s.

Sharyn Moffett
Patricia Sharyn Moffett

(1936-09-12) September 12, 1936 (age 82)
Years active1944–1951


Early yearsEdit

Moffett was born in Alameda, California, to a show business family. Her parents were R.E. Moffett and Gladyce Lloyd Roberts,[1] a singer and dancer, respectively.[2] When she was four years old, her parents moved to Beverly Hills, California to explore her potential as a movie actress.[3]


At the age of 11 months, Moffett appeared in In Old Chicago for 20th Century Fox. At the age of seven, Moffett played the lead in the film My Pal Wolf (1944),[4] which marked her screen debut.[5] In 1944, she signed a seven-year contract with RKO Pictures.[1]

Overall, she appeared in a dozen films, including The Body Snatcher (1945),[6] the film noir The Locket (1946), Child of Divorce (1946), Banjo (1947), and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948).


Year Title Role
1938 In Old Chicago
1944 My Pal Wolf Gretchen Anstey
1945 The Body Snatcher Georgina Marsh
The Falcon in San Francisco[7] Annie Marshall
1946 A Boy, a Girl and a Dog Button
Child of Divorce Roberta Carter
The Locket Nancy, age 10
1947 Banjo Pat Warren
The Judge Steps Out Nan
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Joan Blandings
Rusty Leads the Way Penny Waters
1951 Her First Romance Leona Dean


  1. ^ a b "Sharyn Moffett Gets Contract With Studio". La Grande Observer. Oregon, La Grande. June 1, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved December 4, 2016 – via  
  2. ^ Foster, Jim (February 2018). "Sharyn Moffett:RKO's Youngest Actress". Classic Images (512): 66–69.
  3. ^ Picture show annual 1948. Amalgamated Press. 1947. ASIN B00B5HGPHE.
  4. ^ Hopper, Hedda (July 22, 1944). "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood". Harrisburg Telegraph. p. 15. Retrieved October 25, 2015 – via  
  5. ^ "Bob Hope Heads Cast in Comedy to Come Friday". Waterloo Daily Courier. October 29, 1944. p. 22. Retrieved October 25, 2015 – via  
  6. ^ "Sharyn Moffett and Lanny Rees may be first kid co-star team". The Milwaukee Journal. September 25, 1946. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Abbott-Costello Comedy Now at Lowe Poli Theatre". The Centralia Enterprise and Tribune. October 19, 1945. p. 15. Retrieved October 25, 2015 – via  


  • Best, Marc. Those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen (South Brunswick and New York: Barnes & Co., 1971), pp. 192-196.

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