MANDY MILLER

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of my age re­mem­bers child ac­tress and singer Mandy Miller, prompt­ing Ann Bas­ford from Wil­las­ton near Nantwich in Cheshire, to re­quest fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. Born Car­men Miller in 1944 but nick­named Mandy, her first small film part was a sad- faced 7- year- old girl help­ing Alec Guin­ness to es­cape his pur­suers in The Man in the White Suit ( 1951). The fol­low­ing year in Mandy, to crit­i­cal ac­claim, she spec­tac­u­larly played the star role of a pro­foundly deaf child to her des­per­ate par­ents, Ter­ence Mor­gan and Phyl­lis Calvert.

She ap­peared in eight more films in­clud­ing Rais­ing a Riot ( 1955) when, as one of three naughty chil­dren, she ran rings around her fa­ther, Ken­neth More, while his wife was away. She also shot to fame the fol­low­ing year with the pop­u­lar song “Nel­lie the Ele­phant” which was played for years on the ra­dio pro­gramme Chil­dren’s Favourites. She last ap­peared on the tele­vi­sion screen in the soap opera Compact at the age of 18 be­fore be­com­ing a mother to three chil­dren. She now lives qui­etly in re­tire­ment so, al­to­gether now ...

Nel­lie the Ele­phant packed her trunk and said good­bye to the cir­cus..... Not quite Mandy Miller’s “Nel­lie the Ele­phant” hit song from 1956 but Ken Wilkins’s car­toon for the front cover of our re­cent CD en­ti­tled Mood Mu­sic, on which one of the tracks,...

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