Walt Disney once called actress Hayley Mills “the greatest movie find in 25 years.” Indeed, her unaffected and naturally expressive acting style made her an instant favorite among audiences when she made her U.S. debut in Disney’s “Pollyanna,” for which she earned a special Oscar in 1960. Among her numerous Disney credits, however, Hayley is probably best remembered for “The Parent Trap,” in which she played twin sisters who scheme to reunite their divorced parents, played by Brian Keith and Maureen O’Hara.
The daughter of famed British actor Sir John Mills and playwright and author Mary Hayley Bell, she recalled her first meeting with Walt Disney, who was then seeking the perfect youngster to star in the title role of his film “Pollyanna.”
Hayley said, “I went to Walt’s suite at the Dorchester Hotel, in London, along with my parents, my younger brother and our Pekingese, Suki. Walt laughed a lot as he spoke, in rather a shy way, which I found very endearing. I think that’s… read more