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Occupation  Child actress
Role  Actress
Name  Ann Todd

Children  2
Years active  1939-53
Siblings  Stephen Phillips
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Full Name  Ann Todd Phillips
Born  August 26, 1931 (age 84) (1931-08-26) Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Spouse  Robert Basart (m. 1951–1993)
Marriage location  Berkeley, California, United States
Parents  Alberta Phillips, Burrill Phillips
Movies  How Green Was My Valley, Dangerous Years, Remember the Day, Stronger Than Desire, Zaza
Similar People  Ann Todd, Arthur Pierson, Henry King, John Ford, George Cukor

Ann E. Todd (born August 26, 1931) is an American former child actress.


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Early years

Todd was born Ann Todd Phillips 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, 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.

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