Sharyn Moffett, the glamorous child actress of the 1940s, who co-starred with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in Mr. Blandings builds her dream home and with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in The Body Snatchers, has died. She is 85 years old.
Moffett died on December 23 of natural causes at a hospital in Pittsburgh, her brother, Gregory Moffett, who also acted as a youth player, recounted The Hollywood Reporter.
Sharyn Moffett appears in just 12 pictures during her career – all from 1944-51, ages 8 to 15 – while paired with puppies in My Pal Wolf (In 1944), A boy, a girl and a dog (1946) and Rusty leads the way (In 1948).
A contract player at RKO Radio Pictures, Moffett got a heart attack when she played a child devastated by the breakup of her parents (Regis Toomey, Madge Meredith) in Divorced child (1946), the first film directed by Richard Fleischer.
In Mr. Blandings builds her dream home (1948), Moffett played the young daughter of Grant and Loy’s characters, who buys a dilapidated 200-year-old ranch – the film was remade into Money Pit 1986 and Are we done yet? in 2007 – and was a girl who needed surgery to fix her paralysis in the horror movie The Body Snatcher (In 1945).
Patricia Sharyn Moffett was born on September 12, 1936 in Alameda, California. Her mother, Gladyce Roberts, danced in the musical RKO starring Dolores del Rio Fly down to Rio (1933), and her father, Bob, sang on a traveling show hosted by Billie Burke (Wizard of Oz) and was later honored by the American Association for the Preservation and Promotion of the Barber Quartet.
The family settled in Beverly Hills when she was a toddler, and she appeared in the Three Stooges short circuit in 1942. Even if IOU. In 1944, she signed with RKO and made her feature film debut in My Pal Wolf, sharing the scene with a German Shepherd.
Moffett’s film resume also includes The Falcon in San Francisco (1945), starring Tom Conway as a private detective; The locket (1946), where she played the character of Laraine Day as a child; Banjo (1947), also directed by Fleischer; The judge came out (1948), starring Ann Sothern; and Her first love (1951), starring child star Margaret O’Brien.
Shortly after moving to New York and making one last screen appearance on NBC’s Fireside Theater in 1955, Moffett married James Forrest, and the couple spent more than 50 years as church pastors. A grandmother, she earned a master’s degree in church history from the Trinity School for Ministries in Pittsburgh.
Moffett also served as the top executive of the Big Sisters youth mentoring organization.
Her brother Gregory appeared with her in The judge came out. He also played Betty Hutton’s son in the musical Technicolor . Let’s Dance (1950) and in Robot monster (1953) – considered one of the worst movies ever made – and TV Superman Adventures.
In addition to Gregory, survivors include brother Robert and sisters Heidi and Annalisa; children Gillian, Jonathan and Jennifer; grandchildren Kati, Becca, Dan, Melissa, Mike, Joshua, Lydia, Peter, Zach and Jake; and great-grandchildren of Bobby, Connor, Anneliese and Nathan. Her husband died in 2011.
Donations in her name may be made to the Church of the Assumption in Pittsburgh.