‘Curse of the Cat People’ Child Star Ann Carter Has Died At The Age Of 77, Highlight Hollywood News

The film starred my longtime friend actress Simone Simon, and it was the sequel to Simone’s earlier film, The Cat People.  Ann Carter, the  former child actress who starred in the haunting 1940s fantasy The Curse of the Cat People before her career was curtailed by polio, has died. She was 77.

 

Carter died Jan. 27 in North Bend, Wash., after a nine-year battle with ovarian cancer. Carter also appeared as Veronica Lake’s daughter in I Married a Witch (1942), as a young Norwegian girl opposite Paul Muni in the war movie Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942) and as Humphrey Bogart’s daughter in the murder thriller The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947), also starring Barbara Stanwyck.

 

 

At age 7, Carter starred as the lonely child Amy Reed with an imaginary friend in RKO’s The Curse of the Cat People (1944), produced by Val Newton and directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise (his first directing credit).

 

 

She effectively left acting after she contracted polio in 1948, caused, she believed, by swimming in polluted waters off the coast of Catalina.

 

 

 

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Carter was in 17 films from 1941 through 1949, including The North Star (1943) with Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews; And Now Tomorrow (1944) starring Alan Ladd and Loretta Young; Incendiary Blonde (1945) with Betty Hutton; The Virginian (1946) with Joel McCrea; The Boy With Green Hair (1948) with Pat O’Brien and Robert Ryan; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949) with Bing Crosby; and Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949).

 

 

 

“I would say the only negative thing was having to go to all these lessons my mother made me go to, which were dancing lessons, singing lessons, diction lessons, drama lessons and so on,” she said. “A kid would be off doing some other things. For instance, I don’t know how to ride a bicycle. I was never allowed to ride a bicycle, ’cause you might fall down, hurt yourself, do something that ‘shows.’ ”

 

 

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Stephen, three children and three grandchildren

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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