Cora Sue Collins (born April 19, 1927) is an American former child actress who appeared in numerous films during the Golden Years of Hollywood.
Early life and career
Cora Sue Collins was born on April 19, 1927, in Beckley, West Virginia. She later moved to Los Angeles, California, along with her mother and older sister. Collins made her acting debut in The Unexpected Father in 1932 at the age of five. Her reported salary in 1934 was $250 per week.
Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Collins appeared in numerous films including Queen Christina, Anna Karenina, and All This, and Heaven Too. She was initially cast as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) but her role was changed to Amy Lawrence because Collins was considered to be too tall for Tommy Kelly. Her last movie appearance was in 1945, when she retired from show business at the age of 18 with 47 credits to her name.
Around 1944, Collins married a rich rancher from Nevada named Ivan Stauffer. In 1960, robbers stole two mink coats from her home while she was on vacation. Around 1961, she married James Morgan Cox. In a 1996 article, Collins was referred to as Susie Nace and lived in Phoenix, Arizona. Her husband at the time was theatre owner Harry Nace, who died in June 2002 at the age of 87. Having appeared with Greta Garbo in two films, Collins and Garbo remained in contact until Garbo's death in 1990.