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Silent Movie Star Marie Osborne Yeats Died After 99th Birthday

November 19, 2010 (5:46 am) GMT
Yeats, who landed her first film role when she was a child, passed away at her home in San Clemente, California on November 11.

Silent movie era child star Marie Osborne Yeats has died just six days after celebrating her 99th birthday. The actress and Hollywood costume supervisor, nicknamed Baby Marie Osborne, became the youngest leading lady in Tinseltown when she starred in films like "Little Mary Sunshine".

Yeats died at her home in San Clemente, California on November 11. She played a boy in her first film when director Henry King needed a kid for his 1915 movie "The Maid of The Wind". He discovered her at the age of three.

Impressed with his find, King went on to shape her career, writing 'Little Mary Sunshine" just for her. Her success launched a range of Baby Marie dolls, but her career was short-lived - her final starring role came in 1919 in the comedy "Miss Gingersnap".

She returned to Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s and occasionally worked as a stand-in actress for Ginger Rogers, Deanna Durbin and Betty Hutton. But she found her true calling in the 1950s when she took a job as a costumer and worked on films like "Spartacus", "The Way We Were" and "Mame". She also supervised 's wardrobe in "Cleopatra".

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