Helen Parrish was an American movie actress, the daughter of stage and bit film actress Laura Parrish.
She started in movies at the age of five, getting her first part playing Babe Ruth’s daughter in the silent film, Babe Come Home in 1927. She featured in the Our Gang comedy shorts and sometimes played the lead character as a child co-starring some of the great female stars of the day. In her teens she made herself known as a kid sister. But during this time, she is probably most notable as an irritant of Deanna Durbin in several of her vehicles, playing a jealous, spiteful rival. Their first film together, Mad About Music, worked so well that they soon formed a sort of Shirley Temple/Jane Withers team in a couple of other movie confections for Universal. In their second film together, Three Smart Girls Grow Up, Parrish replaced Barbara Read as sister Kay Craig.
Her films were pleasant but unexceptional and in the “B” caliber, including X Marks the Spot, When a Feller Needs a Friend, A Dog of Flanders, I’m Nobody’s Sweetheart Now, Too Many Blondes, X Marks the Spot, and The Wolf Hunters. By her mid-twenties she left motion pictures and turned to television.