Ann Carter, Former 1940s Child Actress, Dies at 77

ann carter Obit

Ann Carter, who was a tiny Veronica Lake lookalike, with similarly flowing blonde hair, when she appeared in two prominent supernatural-themed films of the 1940s, “Cat People” sequel “Curse of the Cat People” and Lake starrer “I Married a Witch,” before polio ended her career, died Jan. 27 in North Bend, Wash., after long bout with ovarian cancer. She was 77.

Carter made 18 films, beginning with a trio of roles, the first two uncredited, in 1941 and 1942: “Last of the Duanes”; “I Married a Witch,” the delightful comedic fantasy in which she briefly played the daughter of Lake and Fredric March; and Norway-set WWII pic “Commandos Strike at Dawn,” starring Paul Muni, for which she was appropriately Nordic-looking.

The 1944 Val Lewton horror film “Curse of the Cat People” was essentially focused on Carter’s character, and she had a substantial role as a child who befriends the dead first wife of her father.

She also appeared in the 1947 thriller “The Two Mrs. Carrolls,” starring Humphrey Bogart as a homicidal painter and Barbara Stanwyck and Alexis Smith as his two wives; in 1948 parable “The Boy With the Green Hair,” with Dean Stockwell; and in 1949 Bing Crosby vehicle “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”

Carter contracted polio in 1948; her last onscreen appearance was uncredited role in 1952 Carson McCullers adaptation “The Member of the Wedding.”

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Stephen; three children; and three grandchildren.

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  1. Rita Freund says:

    Alexis Smith was not one of the two Mrs. Carrolls. We never see the first Mrs. Carroll, the mother of the child Bea. The second Mrs. Carroll is Barbara Stanwyck. Alexis Smith would have become the third Mrs. Carroll in the movie but this is thwarted.

  2. joblo says:

    Say it isn’t so! “Curse of the Cat People” is one of my favorite movies. I believe director Robert Wise praised her for making his first movie a success. I’ll be watching the DVD tonight. Goodnight, sweet princess.

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