Hayley Mills is a true Disney icon that has appeared in countless films throughout her career of over 60 years. Since it just so happens to be the 60th anniversary of her first big American film debut- let’s take a look at 8 amazing Disney films the legendary Hayley Mills has starred in throughout the years.
1. Pollyanna- This 1960 film was Mill’s American debut and even won her an Oscar! In the film, Mills plays a joyful young orphan named Pollyanna. Pollyanna helps her uptight Aunt Polly, played by Jane Wyman, discover the truly important things in life.
2. The Parent Trap- This 1961 film quickly became a classic! Mill’s stars as both identical twins, Susan and Sharon. The twins were separated at birth and reunite unexpectedly at summer camp. The twins execute a plan to bring their divorced parents back together by switching places!
3. In Search of the Castaways- This 1962 production is based on Jule’s Verne’s novel. In the film, Mills plays Mary Grant, a young girl on a daring adventure to find her missing father lost at sea.
4. That Darn Cat! This 1965 classic is all about an out of control tomcat named D.C. or “Darn Cat”. The mystery cat shows up with a wristwatch in place of a collar and quickly becomes a clue to an unsolved kidnapping. Mill’s character, Patti Randall, happens to recognize the watch and a whole slew of characters get involved- including the FBI!
5. The Parent Trap II- In this 1986 sequel, Hayley Mills gets to yet again play both twins Susan and Sharon- except this time they are adults! It’s another hilarious and heartfelt tale of mistaken identity! This time- it’s Sharon’s daughter who becomes a matchmaker.
6. Parent Trap III- This 1989 sequel was first premiered as part of The Magical World of Disney. Mills reprises her role as Susan yet again. This time, Susan plays an interior decorator who accidentally falls in love with her client with the help of his triplet daughters!
7. Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon- The fourth installment of the Parent Trap franchise debuted in 1989 and also premiered on World of Disney. Again, Mills plays Susan, who is now married to the father of triplets. The couple inherits a rundown hotel in Hawaii and is on a mission to clean it up. The triplets all impersonate each other in an attempt to save the day- and the hotel!
8. Back Home- This 1990 film takes place in the era of World War II. Hayley Mills plays Peggy Dickenson, whose daughter, Rusty, reunites with her in England after being sent to the United States for safety during the war. Conflict arises when the newly returned Rusty must try to adapt to a completely new lifestyle.
After over 60 years of amazing performances, Ms. Mills has definitely earned her place among the brightest of Hollywood stars! Good news! Many of these titles are available on Disney + streaming service!