Child actress Marilyn Harris was born on August 19, 1924 and appeared in several Hollywood productions of the 1930s. She is best remembered for her role as 'Little Maria' in the classic horror film Frankenstein (1931). In arguably the film's most memorable scene, she meets the fugitive monster (played by Boris Karloff) beside a riverbank and charms the monster with her innocence, humanity and friendship, something which he had not experienced with previously hostile, mistrusting adults. A children's game is however tragically misinterpreted by the monster, and he ends up throwing Little Maria into the river, unintentionally drowning her and turning the surrounding village's population into a lynch mob, baying for revenge after the child's body is found. The shot of Maria being thrown into the water was cut from original prints and only restored in the 1980s. Harris later played teenage roles in a handful of films in the 1940s before leaving the profession; she died from cancer and heart failure on December 1, 1999. Her remains were cremated and given to family members, final disposition is unknown.
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On August 19, 1986, actress Hermione Baddeley died. She was born on November 13, 1906 in Broseley, England. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1959 for Room at the Top and a Tony Award for Best Performance by a leading Lady for The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (1963).