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Subject: In stark contrast to the lonng lives afforded these two former child actors, then there is the tragic story of little 4-year-old Caryll Ann Ekelund, who died months after her only film scene was filmed. ..

Her sad, tragic death, before the "The Blue Bird" premiere.
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Date Posted: Saturday, February 22, 12:04:04pm
In reply to: In the scene Ann plays the "future sister" of Shirley Temple, and Reynolds plays the boys dreading the state of the world's affairs. 's message, "Ann Todd died just 3 DAYS after fellow former child actor Gene Reynolds, who both shared a scene in 1940's "Blue Bird" where children in heaven before they are born in the Pre-mortal Spirit World. -Here's the VIDEO ..." on Saturday, February 22, 11:42:32am

Little 4-year-old Caryll Ann Ekelund (credited as Caryll N. Ekelund), appears as an unborn child in the film. On Halloween 1939, Ekelund's costume caught fire from a lit jack-o-lantern. She died from her burns several days later and was buried in her costume from the film. Ekelund came from a show business family, and her older sister was actress Jana Lund.

According to Shirley Temple, her co-star in The Blue Bird (1940), in her autobiography "Child Star," she was killed after a lighted birthday candle at home ignited her dress and burned her to death. Her five older brothers acted as pallbearers while a graveside quartet sung her favorite song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz (1939) when she was interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery, inscribed with her name and dates -'Little Sissy'

...Her burial shroud was the unborn child toga from her role in The Blue Bird (1940).
In the film, she plays the little girl who tries to run on the boat with others about to be born.


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So young. (NT)So sad.Sunday, February 23, 12:50:05am

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