Janet Munro: Young, In Her Prime, And Tragically Taken Too Soon

By | March 10, 2020

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British actress Janet Munro in 1967. (Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images)

Actress Janet Munro appeared in the Disney movies Darby O'Gill And The Little People (1959), Third Man On The Mountain (1959), and Swiss Family Robinson (1960). A charming screen presence who'd impressed TV audiences and film critics alike, Munro put her thriving career on hold to start a family in the '60s, then attempted to resume it as a mother of two. But Munro's second act was not to be, as she died of a heart attack at the age of 38.

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As the daughter of Alex Munro, a Scottish comedian, Janet Munro seemed fated to become an actress. Alex Munro had been Alexander Horsburgh when his daughter, Janet Nellson Horsburgh, was born in Blackpool, England, near Liverpool, on September 28, 1934. A few years after Janet was born, her father changed his name to Munro. She would eventually adopt his stage name as her own.

When she was only eight, Munro's mother died. Her father was the head of entertainment for the Royal Air Force, and he brought her on the road with him. She wore a kilt and sang to entertain the troops. Then, when she was 10, she went to live with her aunt and uncle for a period of time until her father remarried. She then was raised by her stepmother, Lilias and her father.