When Juanita Quigley played the sister of Elizabeth Taylor’s character in National Velvet in 1944, you could have been forgiven for thinking that this was just the next step in a burgeoning Hollywood career. But the child star would seldom grace the silver screen again. In fact, by 1950 her career in films had come to an end for the most surprising of reasons.
Quigley was born in 1931 and had already appeared on screen before her fourth birthday, in the films We’re Rich Again and Have A Heart. These were small parts, with Quigley appearing as a child extra. However, her next role would shoot her to fame and lead to several busy years on-screen.