Browsing though a comic shop,
I came across an old copy of Sweet 16. Along
with a brief biography, there was a photo of a stunning,
16-year-old Anne Francis on the cover. Unfortunately,
I couldn't afford the book. It's as collectible as the
Forbidden Planet posters and Honey West
dolls that deep-pocketed collectors snatch up on eBay
every day. Upon meeting Anne Francis in person, I was
struck by the fact she still possesses the same vitality,
strength and sex appeal that could be seen in that teenage
B MONSTER: Was that Sweet
16 magazine piece a part of the movie star-grooming
process that existed in those days?
ANNE FRANCIS: I don't remember the Sweet
16 magazine or cover. I remember there was a magazine
called Seventeen. I believe it still exists.
I do remember a layout, though, that was done the first
time I was with MGM as a young teenager. My Mom was
with me then. They borrowed a black cocker spaniel from
the apartment manager and palmed him off as mine in
the pictures. I did have a black cocker spaniel at home
back in New York that I missed very much. I was glad
when they let me leave after a year with only two days
work in a film with Mickey Rooney called Summer Holiday.
All I did was ride back and forth on the trolley from
Santa Monica to Culver City to go to the little school
house on the lot. MGM did not do any buildup with me
the first time I was under contract to them."