Peggy Ann Garner won a special Academy Award as Hollywood's outstanding child actress of 1945.
Her career was launched by a determined mother, who got her into summer stock and modeling before she was 6. Virginia Garner moved her daughter to Hollywood a year later and had placed her in several films before the young actress gained fame as Francie Nolan in the 1945 film "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."
But Garner's career began to fade as she grew older. She did stage and television work as well as a few other films but never recaptured her childhood fame.