Cora Sue Collins
Birth Date:
April 19, 1927
Birth Place:
Beckley, West Virginia, USA
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The Scarlet Letter


Child and juvenile actress of Hollywood’s 30s through mid-40s, Cora Sue Collins had been a highly in demand kid performer during the thirties. Making her debut at age 5 in The Unexpected Father (1932), the beautiful girl stayed active in movies until retiring from cinema at age 18, when she married a rich Nevada rancher. She is perhaps well-remembered for playing the out-of-wedlock Pearl in The Scarlet Letter (1934), opposite Colleen Moore.

Although usually happily sequestered in her luxurious Mexican estate, Collins has sporadically touched base with her film admirers at diverse nostalgia conventions throughout America.

Tap Dancer

Childhood and Family:

In Beckley, West Virginia, Cora Sue Collins was born on April 19, 1927. She began acting professionally as a child and decided to put her career on the backburner when she was a teenager, after marrying an affluent rancher from Nevada. Aside from acting, Cora also developed a passion for tap dancing and was permitted to demonstrate her great skills on rare events.

Vigorous Child Actress


Beckley, West Virginia-born beauty Cora Sue Collins kicked off her movie career at a very young age. When she was 5 years old, she made her debut by appearing as a judge in the Thornton Freeland-directed film The Unexpected Father (1932). This was followed by small roles in a number of films throughout the early part of the decade, including in the Wynne Gibson-Pat O’Brien drama The Strange Case of Clara Deane (1932), the comedy They Just Had to Get Married (1933), the Greta Garbo vehicle Queen Christina (1933, as young Christina) and The Sin of Nora Moran (1933).

After being cast as a potential voodoo-sacrifice victim named Nancy Lane in the horror movie Black Moon (1934), starring Jack Holt and Fay Wray, the very much talented little girl gained notice for her portrayal of dishonest daughter of Colleen Moore, Pearl, in director Robert G. Vignola’s The Scarlet Letter (1934), based on a book by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Collins maintained her busy work after the stand out performance by making such films as Evelyn Prentice (1934), The World Accuses (1934), Little Men (1934), Without Children (1935), Anna Karenina (1935), The Dark Angel (1935), Two Sinners (1935), Harmony Lane (1935), Magnificent Obsession (1935), The Harvester (1936), Devil’s Squadron (1936), Three Married Men (1936) and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938). At the end of the decade, she found herself playing Dora Haller in the comedy film Stop, Look and Love (1939), opposite Jean Rogers, William Frawley and Minna Gombell, and had an uncredited part as Emmett Vogan and Grace Stafford’s daughter in the short The Greener Hills (1939). The same year, she also played small role Clarabella Dodd in the drama film Bad Little Angel, but it ended in the cutting floor.

A cameo role as Louise de Rham in the Bette Davis starring vehicle All This, and Heaven Too (1940) was Collins’ opening project in the new decade, before she was cast as the young incarnation of Linda Darnell’s character in the drama/sport picture Blood and Sand (1941). She then appeared in the musicals Get Hep to Love and Johnny Doughboy in 1942 and starred as Cam Chandler in the drama film Youth on Trial in 1945. Before retiring from cinematic industry, 18-year-old Collins completed two films, the comedy/drama Roughly Speaking (1945), playing Elinor Randall as a girl, and comedy/musical Week-End at the Waldorf (1945), which starred Ginger Rogers and Lana Turner.


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