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National Velvet

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(1944) At only 12, Taylor forged her status as a star in this charming family film. As the plucky Velvet Brown, she enters her beloved horse, which she won in a village raffle, into the Grand National Steeplecha­se contest. Because no female jockeys are allowed, she disguises herself as a boy. Either way, the poised Taylor lights up the screen. This followed her first film with MGM, 1943’s Lassie Come

Home, which was made when she was 10. With Velvet, her salary at MGM swelled from $100 a week to $30,000 a year.

 ?? AP ?? National star: Film got her a big raise.
AP National star: Film got her a big raise.

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