Marie Osborne Yates, Silent Movie Star Dies at age 99

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Marie Osborne Yates, child actor and star of “Little Mary Sunshine” died November 11, 2010 at her home in San Clemente, California.  Marie Osborne Yates had suffered three stokes late in life.  Can you imagine the changes she saw in the world while living 99 years?

She was discovered at 3 years of age, by director Henry King.  King needed a boy for a part.  Yates was there and with her little Dutch-boy haircut she fit the bill.  King was thrilled with little Marie and he wanted to promote her, which he did in “Little Mary Sunshine” in 1916.

The latimes.com goes on to say that Marie Osborne was the inspiration for Baby Marie dolls as well as paper dolls.   Maries’ star didn’t shine very long as a child actor, but she continued in the business as a costumer supervisor for two decades.  She admitted she enjoyed that part of her career more than being a movie star.

Yates leaves behind a daughter and 5 grandchildren.  Her first marriage ended in divorce and her second husband died.  There was a funeral mass for Yates last Friday. 

Rest in peace Little Mary Sunshine.

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