Baby Marie Osborne (born November 5, 1911) was the first major child star of American silent films. She was usually billed simply Baby Marie.
Born Helen Alice Myres
in Denver, Colorado
, Osborne made her film debut at age three in 1914's Kidnapped in New York
. Signed to a lucrative contract with Balboa Films
, by age five she was starring in films, including her most famous movie, 1916's Little Mary Sunshine
, one of her few films that survive to this day. Her other films include Sunshine and Gold
(1917), What Baby Forgot
(1917), Daddy's Girl
(1918), The Locked Heart
(1918), Winning Grandma
(1918), The Sawdust Doll
(1919) and Daddy Number Two
(1919). Her other motion pictures include her final film was at age 8 in Miss Gingersnap
. In all, she was featured or starred in 29 films in a six year period.
Osborne later occasionally worked as a film extra or a stand-in (frequently for Ginger Rogers) in the 1930s and 1940's. In the 1950s she starred a new career as a costumer for motion pictures, working on the wardrobe for such films as Around the World in 80 Days (1956), How to Murder Your Wife (1965), The Godfather: Part II (1971), and Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976).
Balboa Films - A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio