Happy 63rd Birthday to Hayley Mills!
If you are a girl, and you were born anytime from about 1950 to the present, you probably loved Hayley Mills films when you were little... and if you're like me, you never grew out of it.
One of the greatest things about her films is the fact that they span generations. My mom loved the same films as a child that I loved when I was little. Not many stars have that staying power.
When I was a kid, my favorite of her films were The Parent Trap and The Trouble with Angels. I was still pretty young when the remake of The Parent Trap was released, and it was probably my first encounter with Remake Anxiety! Hayley Mills was my favorite actress... how dare anyone try to take her place!
To this day I still love watching her movies. I've found new things to love about each one. And! I finally know who her co-stars are. When I was little, I always thought her dad in The Parent Trap was John Wayne. Now, I know he is Brian Keith. (although, I guess most kids didn't even know who John Wayne was, right? lol) Pollyanna is filled with classic film favorites-- Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Agnes Moorehead, Donald Crisp and Adolphe Menjou. It's such a delight re-watching these films and seeing so many familiar faces!
But my real, real all-time favorite film as a kid was The Trouble with Angels. I pretty much knew the dialogue from that film by heart. Hayley Mills' character was just the best thing on film. Even now, one of my favorite things to say is "I have the most scathingly, brilliant idea" -- a catch line from the film.
I don't know about you, but I'm the kind of grown-up that is still 90% kid. I still love all the things I did as a child; I love the Disney films (obviously live action & cartoon) I still love using my imagination, playing with crayons, wearing pigtails and using sidewalk chalk. Hayley Mills is just another facet of my childish character; I still love her films, and enjoy watching them just as much today as I did when I was little. Maybe even more so...
PS. If I ever have a daughter, I am SO naming her Hayley! My favorite name, ever!