The following is a selection
of Guest Book contributions from visitors to the site.
Name: matt young
Email: divorcing_jack_ni at yahoo.com
Address: Larne , Northern Ireland
Comments: Was browsing the net when i came across your site its excellent
and a good tribute to Janet such a shame that she died so young but its true what they say the light that burns twice as bright burns half as long.
Name: Don Agey
Email: theorules at hotmail dot com
Address: W. Ave.
Quartz Hill, CA
Comments: I had a heavy crush on her from the first time and for a long
time, after I saw her in "Darby O'Gill and the Little People”
Email: galadriel333333 at hotmail.com
Comments: Swiss Family Robinson is one of my favourite Disney films. I
liked the character of Roberta because she was the girl in the movie and
we had the same first name. It was an old film for me; I was born in 1976.
I just remembered her face and I caught her in a movie about a horse-
riding school or something, but I never saw her anything else, and today I
decided to do a search and I found this page. I am glad someone has this
info out here. I had always wondered what happened to her. You have great
Name: George Barrett
Email: georgebarrett at eircom.net
Address: Ferrybank Waterford.Ireland
It is a pleasure to see a wonderful site for this young person who died so young. I was born in the early 50s and she was my idol.
Greetings from Long Island , New York . Here I am in the wee hours of the morning looking up many of my favourite movie people as I sometimes do ...a recent visit to Disney world in Florida had me thinking of the many, many actors and actresses who were at one time so important to the Disney world but now seem to be forgotten by the Disney industry itself. I thought of Janet Munro and How lovely vibrant and fresh she was in Darby O'Gill and Swiss Family etc. so here I am at your website, saddened that she is no longer with us but glad that she is being kept alive in such a manner. Keep up the good work best wishes.
Comments: Janet Munro would have been 71 yesterday. In Australia the
national TV broadcaster played her movie, 'Bitter Harvest', which is a
story about a young girl who meets tragic circumstances chasing the
illusions of the glamorous life. It poignantly marked the day as a
memorial for a woman who also met a sad and early end. They couldn't make
a movie like that again if they tried. Janet was an actress with great
talent and haunting beauty. She is well deserving of our admiration.
Name: Ian Morrison
Comments: Thanks for this lovely tribute which I found after thoroughly
enjoying her portrayal in Bitter Harvest. Great acting and I'm sorry to
read of her passing away so young. Keep the good work up with your tribute
website. Brilliant idea .
Thank you so much for putting together the website dedicated to Janet Munro. I have often wondered what happened to her and am saddened to hear of her early death. I became a fan of hers in 1960 while in 8th grade in the U.S. ; I saw Swiss Family Robinson and wanted to be just like her. I even ordered a studio still photo of her from the movie so I could have my hair cut in a pixie just liker hers. I watched all her Disney movies and I've often wondered why she never made a fifth. I hope someday you are able to discover the truth.
You've done a wonderful job with this website. Thank you again.
I am Jerry Sharp of Birmingham , Alabama USA , no relationship that I know of
to Albert Sharpe. I want to thank you for this site. I am a fan of the
Darby O'Gill movie, one of my all time favourites. I have often wondered,
what happened to Janet Munro. Thank you for your work. Incidentally I am
of Irish English descent and look forward to the day that I visit Ireland
Scotland and England . Although I am of Saxon descent, I love my Irish
heritage and I love Irish music. The little tune on the site is just great.
Name: Lawrence Fitzgibbon
Address: Harrow - Weald,
Comments: My most favourite film of all time is ''Darby O Gill and the
Little People”, I used to watch when I was a young boy going to the pictures
on Saturday afternoon, and now at 47 years of age I watch the film at least
twice a week. I was totally shocked to find that Janet Munro's life was cut
short at such a young age ,it was tragic. She was a brilliant actress and
would definitely made it to the top if she had lived. I am sure she will be
well rewarded for her kindness and for all the sugar she lent Mrs
Sugrue, and for the times she covered up for Darby to Lord Fitzpatrick when
he was in the pub telling stories. She will always be remembered, she gave
me many years of laughter and entertainment in the film ''Darby O Gill and
the little people. God bless her.
Name: Alan Bradley
Comments: I first became aware of Janet Munro in the mid-1960s when I was
a little boy watching a rerun of Disney's "Swiss Family Robinson" on TV.
I'd always wondered what had become of that cute young lady. I was
shocked and saddened to learn that she had died so young and such a long,
long time ago.
Thank you for your informative website. It’s an apt tribute to a charming
Email: Blackbyrd2 at netscape dot net
It's amazing to me that after 30 odd years, the smile of a dead
can evoke such a feeling of sorrow and loss in someone who didn't
even know her. I suppose it's all up to Disney's marketing (and probably
subliminal messages) that the introductory shot of Janet in Darby O'
had such a profound impact on me as a child that I still carry a crush
these years later.
I'm glad you're doing the work you're doing, assuming you will treat her
kindly. Her private life wasn't exactly Disneyesque, but in spite of
(or maybe because of that,) I want to see her remembered the way I
remember her; an Irish lass with more joy in her smile alone than a body
could contain, and laughter in her eyes.
I know that's not a realistic view of her, but it's the way I will
congratulate you on both the content
and presentation re Janet Munro. (And that includes the little Irish jig
Irish myself so it was instantly recognisable.)
I was originally looking for material about Ian Hendry when Janet
Munro's name appeared. I knew Ian back in the 70's.He was in a play in
and used to come into the Nightclub where I worked as resident pianist. Being
a 'film nut' I was deep in conversation with him about his films. He had a great screen presence and Hollywood
would have made him international. I mentioned to him that I was very impressed with Janet Munro's debut film with Gordon Harker, and with several of her later films- he seemed very sad at the
mention of her name, though pleased that I was able to run off some of her other film
Your feature about her could not be bettered and I congratulate you on
the detail with which you have invested it. I have put it in my 'Favourites' box to show to my film fan friends in due course. Hope you will letme know if you have created any more such biographies.
With kind regards
Web Site: www.geocities.com/dr_shock.geo
Comments: Thanks for a great web site. She was a very beautiful woman.
if you get a chance check out my web site and look for the picture of me
her daughter Caroline
Shock…Caroline Munro is NOT Janet’s daughter. No relationship
between the two.
I was amazed to stumble on your site today. As a fan of hers, I was
looking up what had happened to her. All the rumours you hear. I hope
present the complete person. She was very talented, and like Sandy
who I believe has also been characterised wrongly, I applaud your
I'm in Southern
California, married and have three kids, and I was raised
on Darby, Third Man in the Mountain (there is a site put out by James
MacArthur on this film) and The Crawling Eye. She was great in The Day
Earth Caught on Fire.
Comments: Janet is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen.
Although I am not old enough to have lived when she was a star (I am 18)
grew up watching Darby O'Gill and the little people and she captured my
heart. She had the most wonderful smile and maybe someday if we are
enough, we will be star struck in heaven
I loved Janet Munro as "Katie" in Darby O'Gill! What a
face along with a wonderful talent
Comments: That's an excellent site you're building on Janet Munro. A
question if I may. I have seen numerous places list Caroline Munro as
one of her daughters Is there any truth to that?
…Caroline Munro is NOT Janet’s daughter
Comments: Hi Liam
and Munro Family,
As an LA native, I remember Darby O'Gill at the Grauman's Chinese
That day, a 10 year old boy developed a crush on a pretty Irish girl.
Seeing her on the walls of Disney Studio's animation building when I
worked there in the seventies kept my crush alive. Always the good
us too early, but when new photos are found, it's like she's
saying, "Hello there young man. Here I am in one of my movies. I
enjoy it." Yes, Ms. Munro, I certainly do!
All best. John Lange
First, I wanted you to know that I came across your Janet Munro web page
last evening while doing research on her. I found the site very
In the two Janet Munro films I have been able to see, she definitely
qualifies as someone I would like to know more about.
I began taking notice of Janet ten years ago while watching a video
version of Disney's Swiss Family Robinson. My original intention was to
MacArthur, who I have enjoyed since childhood. Janet, however, stole the
show. I was bewitched by her ability to play so many different roles and
truly expressive in each one. Her performance in Darby O'Gill and
People solidified my beliefs.
For the record, did she choke to death? You are the first person to note
Many of her films are unavailable. Do you have a suggestion as to
www.nostalgiafamilyvideo.com has several of her old movies…..Ebay usually has several of her later
moviesat any given time and
all the Disney movies are on Amazon.Com
From: George Clark
Subject: My recollection of Janet Munro
Dear Liam Byrne,
I greatly appreciate your dedicating a website to Janet Munro. I
discovered it by querying her name with a search engine.
As a 53 year old man, I can tell you from recollection that Janet
Munro and Hayley Mills had to be the crush of every male child in
the late 1950s and early 1960s.
.Your website definitely brought back the memories. You must receive
countless emails of similar content from men my age. That is because
Janet was certainly idolized by all men of my generation, when we were
children and Janet herself was in her mid twenties.
as you said in your very good Janet Munro site, I just want to say
hello. I do
not have much to add regarding your Janet Munro knowledge or collection
am a 56 years old (male), happily married for thirty years,
Norwegian Tommy Steele fan. I have been so since 1957/58 when the battle
between Tommy and Elvis were at the highest. Here in Scandinavia Tommy
winner in several polls. The rest is history, Elvis is dead and Tommy is
going strong. When you’re a Tommy Steele fan you will also be a fan of
co actresses, like Janet Munro. The other day I started to wonder what
to June Laverick (Duke Wore Jeans) and Janet Munro. Then I came across
site. I have seen Janet on TV in Walt Disney movies, but I thought it
little quiet around her. Now I know why. I must admit it was a shock to
reading that she died so young. She was absolutely
lovely in Tommy the Toreador. A film which I am seeing over and over
live in the outskirts of Oslo. There I have
rebuilt my garage to the smallest
cinema in Norway. The cinema has
eight cinema chairs and a projection room with both
16 and 35mm projection equipment.
do I tell you all this? Just because I think you
would like to hear that I have a beautiful 35mm technicolour copy of
Toreador which simply is my favourite film, thanks also to Janet Munro. When I
am showing the film to friends, the walls are decorated with related
pictures, lobby cards, records etc
Comments: I fell in love with Janet Munro in 1961 when I was 12 years
after seeing Swiss Family Robinson. Impossible first love, it was such a
painful experience and I had to write to her care of Walt Disney. I
received a wonderful hand written letter and signed photo from her which
became one of my most treasured possessions. Unfortunately they both
missing from my mother’s house when I went to sea in 1970. What was it
Address: Guilford, CT
Comments: In 1959 I was six years old and even at such a young age I
developed a crush on Janet after seeing her in 'Darby O'Gill'. Though I
very saddened of her death I still remember her winsome ways. Thank you
much for your website.
night I was watching Darby O'Gill
and the Little People for the who knows how many times. It's
my favorite Disney movie of all times, mainly because of the three
leads. Sometimes you can like a person instantly just by the smile or
happy look on her face. I've always loved Janet Munro in the film. It
was sad to read about her sad life and her much too early death. I saw The
Crawling Eye as a kid and liked it. It wasn't until I saw it
as an adult, that I found out that Janet Munro was in it. I've seen far
too little of her stuff. This is a great site and thanks for all of the
wonderful photos of this charming young lady and the music you have on
the site is great too. Maybe your site will keep her memory alive. I'm
sure she's looking down with irresistible smile on her face!
Comments: Thank you for allowing future generations to learn and know
about Miss Munro. We live in a rural area of Wyoming and my
don't have access to television programming. They watch movies and she
one of their favourites.
Your dedication to making sure her career is documented is commendable
Comments: Love your site dedicated to the very Beautiful & Charming
actress Janet Munro! I best know her as Roberta in Swiss Family
and wished she could be my Mom!!!
daughter and I enjoyed the pictures you had of Janet Munro.
Thank you so much for sharing your site with people like us. We
loved Janet Munro, and think she was so beautiful and sweet. We
are sad she died so young.
Email: ebrawley@comcast dot net
Comments: I just got Darby O'Gill on DVD. Then I ordered Third Man On
Mountain and The Day the Earth Caught Fire on DVD as well. Great
site--keep it up.
Email: PeterDAmato333@aol dot com
Address: Guerneville, California
Comments: Like so many of your website visitors, I've been puzzled for
years as to what happened to this talented, adorable actress. My
movies of hers are The Crawling Eye and The Day the Earth Caught Fire. I
liked Swiss Family Robinson too, but never seen her other films and now
I'll hunt them out. I knew something awful must have happened for such a
talent to have just "disappeared". Thank you so much for
mystery. Finding your site made today a sad but rewarding one. Good job.
Comments: Ms. Munro was gorgeous and fantastic in "Day the Earth
Caught Fire". As a Sci-Fi fan,
I remember her well for "The Crawling Eye" as
well. What a lovely woman.
I'm pleased to have found this site.
por mantener éste sitio, estoy muy agradecido por haber
visto información acerca de ésta carismática mujer.(.TRANSLATION….
Thanks to maintain this one site, very I am been thankful by to have
seen information about this one charismatic woman)
Comments: We are Italian Janet fans. This site is great, wonderful,
beautiful, especially the photo gallery!! Janet Munro is the most
beautiful woman of all time!!! We don't have any information about her
daughters and others parents, what is their job?
Answer us, please!!!
REPLY.SORRY GUYS YOU
DIDN’T GIVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS SO I COULDN’T REPLY. JANET’S
PARENTS ARE DEAD AND HER TWO DAUGHTERS ARE WELL AND LIVE IN
LONDON.NEITHER ARE CONNECTED WITH “SHOWBUSINESS”
Name :Hugh Benton
Email : banjopluck@aol dot com
Comments:When I was a little boy, my parents had taken me along with a
cousin of mine to see "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" at
a drive-in a small town in Central California. The whole family enjoyed the movie so much
that I remember that we went to see it at least one or two more times
during the time that it played there, even taking other family members.
I remember that I was just crazy for Janet Munro. I suspect she
must have been my first real "crush" being such a beautiful
and charming girl. And, I suspect that the movie was also probably
the first taste that I had ever had of Ireland and the rich heritage and stories. I must also
toss in that from that time I have always been enormously fascinated
with stories of the Banshee, which as a kid literally scared the liver
right out of me.
As years passed, I did see Janet in other movies on occasion, but it
never occurred to me to find out what had happened to her.
What made me think of her again was when I had brought my two youngest
grandsons out here to stay with my wife and me for the weekend. I
wanted to get them a movie that I thought they would like to watch right
before bedtime so I had picked "Darby O'GiIl." Well,
Grandpa enjoyed it at least as much as what they did and there was Janet
Munro again, looking as beautiful as what I had remembered her as a
I think it was the next day that I began to check with the Internet to
find out what had happened to this lovely woman, and I was so grieved
when I discovered that she had passed away. What was even stranger
to me is that, even though she had passed away MANY years previously, I
was almost as grieved as if it had just happened a few hours before.
How nice to know that I'm not the only one who still thinks of this
lovely woman after all of these years.
Name: Melanie Knox
Comments: I am 29 years old, and grew up watching Darby O'Gill. My
and I really enjoyed it. Janet was such a beautiful person. I get such a
feeling of joy whenever I see her sing with Sean Connery. Thank
such a wonderful website. My children will grow up watching that
as I did. She will be remembered for years to come. Thanks
St. Patrick's Day, the other girls and I in the office have been making
people that come into the office dance and Irish jig for us and we began
talking about Darby O'Gill and the Little People. I looked it up
on Amazon.com and saw that Disney has released it on DVD. That's
when I noticed Janet's name in the credits and we all wondered what ever
happened to her. So I typed in her name on the Amazon search and
that brought me to your site. I was so sorry to hear that she had
died at such a young age. I figured she stopped acting to raise a
family like so many actresses did back then. I like your site.
It is well done and there are good pictures of her. I hadn't
realized that she was also in The Crawling Eye -- a movie that gave me
nightmares as a child.
just wanted to tell you thanks for providing the info.
husband and I have loved "Darby O'gill" and the darling young
girl, Janet Munro! Those twinkling eyes and that gorgeous smile!
She was a true beauty!! She and Sean Connery made a terrific
couple - both charming and adorable!!!
matter of fact, we've watched the movie many times since
it first came out in VHS. My great grandmother lived in Ireland and came to the US about 1863 when she was 13.
husband has used the line "her tongue could cut a hedge" in
referring to me.
you for taking the time to provide a wonderful website in her
honor! I loved reading it!
name is Tracy Ramos and I am writing from
I wanted to write to let you know how lovely and thoughtful your
website of Janet Munro is.
I absolutely loved her! Darby O' Gill was my favourite Disney Movie. I
it for the very first time when I was a teenager (I am now 36) in the
recovering from a gall bladder problem. It was about
and I turned on
the T.V. to see the most beautiful young girl with her red hair,
To this day when I see the movie it is like an old friend who kept me
during my lonely hospital stay. I still smile when I think of her and
Thank you so much for keeping her memory alive and please let her family
that she is not forgotten!
Comments: Just the other week out of the blue Janet Munro`s name crossed
my mind, I thought I would look on the internet for info., I was very
saddened to find that she had passed away so tragically in the early
The first time I saw Janet Munro was in a TV play called "The
must have been in the 5o`s. and I also recall when she had one of her
children that she called Miss New as they had not found a name for her
yet. Janet had an innocent freshness about her she was very special and
very sincere actress.
I was very interested to read
your site about Janet Munro. I think she and her husband Ian made
a very interesting couple, and I remember long ago an article in a
woman's magazine about the beautiful house they had on the River Thames. I was quite envious!
I no longer have this article,
and wish I had kept it. What a tragic end they both came to, and
with so many yearsstillahead
One of their daughters - I
cannot recall which one - became a model for a while, and I have often
she is andwhat she is doing now - she looked
strikingly like her father! Can you help on this one?
Looking forward to hearing from
REPLY:THERESA…..SALLY ADMITS TO BEING A MODEL “FOR A WHILE”. BUT
Comments: JUST WANTED TO SEND A NOTE SAYING HOW MUCH I ENJOYED THE SITE.
WATCHING "DARBY" THROUGHOUT MY CHILDHOOD I, AS MANY OTHERS,
FELL FOR JANET MUNRO. THIS IS THE FIRST SITE I ENTERED LOOKING FOR
INFORMATION ON JANET AND I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER WITH IT'S CONTENT OR THE
WAY IT MIRRORED SOME OF MY OWN LIFE. EVERYTHING FROM MY SCOT AND
FRIENDS USING THE LINE "LOOK AT THE SIZE OF HER" (NOW I KNOW
WHERE IT CAME
FROM), THANKS AGAIN FOR A
GREAT SITE OF A LONGTIME CRUSH.
for putting this site together. I grew up watching Janet's movies
and often wondered what became of her. I couldn't believe that
there were not more projects that she was involved in. One site
mentioned her death at an early age but was very mysterious about it and
her departure from Disney.
not considered a great movie in the world of entertainment, I
nevertheless enjoyed the movie "Horsemasters". I hope it
comes to DSS soon so that I can record it. I wonder what her
relationship was like with Annette.
hope her family is doing well. Are her children involved in
thanks for the great site.
REPLY: DON …NO JANET’S CHILDREN ARE NOT INVOLVED IN ACTING.
Comments: I would like to say that I agree with the sentiment of many
have signed your guestbook. That even now so many years after her
death, one can look at a picture of her smiling and feel great sadness.
It’s incredible just how upset I feel now after reading about her
and her untimely death at 38. I had no idea and I feel quite numb.
I was looking at the imdb website and I decided to look her up. I
recently watch Darby O Gill on St Patrick's day on RTE TV (Irish
Station). She was beautiful
and shone from the screen like an angel. I am very sad to hear she
so many years ago and I hope God is being good to her.
There must be some truth in the sentiment that 'God takes the good away
from us when they are young'.
Comments: as a rabid fan of walt disney classics and television,and an
eternal lover of redheads, I fell instantly in love with Janet Munro at
very early age.
From the first time I saw "swiss family robinson" I longed to
be James Mac Arthur as the young man she fell in love with.later, in
"The Horsemasters" and "Darby O'Gill" I was
hooked forever. I am now 56 years old and still watch these movies at
least once a year. Janet Munro was both beautiful, talented and
sweet,and I have never lost that love throughout the years. I miss
her.throw in the gorgeous British accent and she was abolutely
irresistible to me.
Comments: Oh, how can I describe my sadness when I've read Janet isn't
with us anymore? I've seen "Darby O'Gill and the Little
People" a few minutes ago, and I decided to see on the web about
that fantastic actress.
Her smile is simply charming, as her glance. She'd have been a gently
person, sweet and glad. Thanks to you, webmaster: Janet' will remain in
mind (and heart) forever.
Email: comicsgod53@yahoo dot com
Comments: I too fell under the spell of Janet at a young age seeing her
Darby O`Gill and Swiss Family Robinson When I was a young lad in the
sixties. I would guess that she was the first love of many young men.
Thank you so much for the information you provide
Email: jonathan_lippman@yahoo dot com
Comments: Janet was charming in deed. I was born in 1950 so I remember
Disney films with great pleasure. IT is scary. There is a 1930s Warner
Brothers actress named Jane Bryan who played Bette Davis's daughter in
OLD MAID and Davis's sister in MARKED WOMAN among other roles. She is
spitting image of Janet. It is incredible. Look her up in the internet
see what I mean.
groomed to be star at Warners but got
married and quit in 1940 after some 20 or so movies. She is Janet's
double... Janet kinda reminds me of a younger Maureen O'Hara type.....