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May 13, 2021

Photos of Millie Perkins During the Filming of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (1959)

The Diary of Anne Frank is a 1959 film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 play of the same name, which was in turn based on the posthumously published diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who lived in hiding with her family during World War II. It was directed by George Stevens, with a screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, is the first film version of both the play and the original story, and features three members of the original Broadway cast.

All Frank’s writings to her diary were addressed as “Dear Kitty”. It was published after the end of the war by her father, Otto Frank (played in the film by Joseph Schildkraut, also Jewish). All of his family members had been killed by the Nazis. The film was shot on a sound stage duplicate of the factory in Los Angeles, while exteriors were filmed at the actual building in Amsterdam.

The film was positively received by critics and is still often considered the best film adaptation of Anne Frank’s Diary. It currently holds a 78% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It won three Academy Awards in 1960, including Best Supporting Actress for Shelley Winters. Shelley later donated her Oscar to the Anne Frank Museum.

In 2006, it was honored as the eighteenth most inspiring American film on the list AFI’s 100 Years…100 Cheers.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see portrait of a young and beautiful Millie Perkins during her filming of The Diary of Anne Frank.

1 comment:

  1. Why is that little boy wearing a dress?




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