Gigi Perreau was one of the most famous child actors of her generation, starring in 25 films by the age of 10. The daughter of French refugees, Perreau began acting as an infant, starring in “Madame Curie” at only 18 months.
As a contract player at Samuel Goldwyn and then Universal-International, Perreau starred in a string of whimsical domestic comedies in the late '40sand early '40s. In “Bonzo Goes to College,” she adopted an escaped carnival chimp, and in “Reunion in Reno,” she was a precocious girl who tries to divorce her mother and father. Perreau was known for this sort of light fare, but still, there were some darker moments, like the 1950 film noir “Shadow on the Wall.”
Perreau's sister, Janine, and brother Gerald (listed as Peter Miles) also achieved a modicum of fame as child actors. Though she managed to avoid many of the woes associated with former kid stars, Gigi Perreau wasn’t entirely immune to the pressures of fame. In one early interview, an 11-year-old Perreau shared her dieting tips: “When a nice looking pie comes to the table, I don't mind. I just go to the icebox and get myself some jello."
As Perreau hit adolescence, she continued to work, but the parts inevitably slowed down. She played Fredric March’s daughter in the post-war classic “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” and starred in the Douglas Sirk melodrama “There’s Always Tomorrow.” In 1959, she landed a supporting role on “The Betty Hutton Show.” The following year, Perreau married, and her television appearances dwindled. After a 30-year absence, Perreau recently returned to film, starring in the animated film “Fly Me to the Moon 3D.” As she once told a reporter, “I'm going to be an actress till the day I die."