Marie “Baby Marie” Osborne

Marie “Baby Marie” Osborne

Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Death 11 Nov 2010 (aged 99)
San Clemente, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial ID 61742842 · View Source
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Actress. Appearing in around two dozen Hollywood features, she was silent film's first major child star. Born Helen Alice Myers, she was placed at age three months with a foster family named Osborn who changed her name to Marie and later added an "e" to their surname. The Osborns moved to Long Beach, California, in 1914 and found work in the film industry; unable to afford child care, they took little Marie to the studo where she was spotted by director Henry King. After being cast as a male toddler in 1914's "Maid of the Wild", she had her first role as "Baby Marie" that same year in "Kidnapped in New York". Success was rapid; 1916 saw her in her best known film, "Little Mary Sunshine" with multiple appearances following including "Joy and the Dragon" (1916), the 1917 "Told at Twilight" and 1918's "The Locked Heart". Baby Marie's last feature-length movie was "The Little Diplomat" (1919), and at 10 she was 'retired', with younger girls getting the leading child parts, and essentially broke, her large earnings and trust fund spent in a manner never fully explained, though her foster family had started their own company in 1917 and lived quite well. During the 1930s Marie found herself in a bad marriage and called upon Henry King who found her steady work as a studio extra, often as a stand-in for Ginger Rogers. During World War II she met her second husband, Murray Yeats (deceased 1975), while working at the Hollywood Canteen, then started her third movie career as a costumer for Twentieth Century Fox. She had a number of wardrobe credits including "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956), "Cleopatra" (1963) and "The Godfather: Part II" (1974) before retiring in 1977 and moving to San Clemente. At her death, the prints for only four of her silent movies, including "Little Mary Sunshine", remained.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


She so loved the Lord,
now His face shines upon her forever

First Child Star Early Silent Films

Dearest Mother and Grandmother

We will love you always



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  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 16 Nov 2010
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