Joan Carroll was a successful child star in movies between 1938 and 1948.\nCarroll was born Joan Felt in Paterson, New Jersey, to Wright G. and Freida B Felt. Her father was a government electrical engineer, and her mother was a club and stage pianist. Carroll was performing locally by age 4. Her family moved to California in 1936, and her stage name was changed to Carol and then Carroll.\nCarroll became an accomplished child actress, scoring personal successes on Broadway in the hit musical Panama Hattie, and the 1940 film, Primrose Path, as Ginger Rogers's younger sister. Carroll became RKO Radio Pictures' resident juvenile personality in both \"A\" and \"B\" pictures. RKO starred Carroll in two zany comedy vehicles, Obliging Young Lady and Petticoat Larceny.\nShe continued to work in films as an adolescent, but less frequently. Two of her best-remembered pictures came from this period: Meet Me In St. Louis as Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien's sister, and The Bells of St. Mary's, in which she played a troubled teenager with an estranged father.\nCurrently residing in the American Southwest, Joan and her brother donated a historic family lamp to the Nevada State Museum on July 7, 2011.