The Little Girl with the Big Voice
The mesmerizing and tragic true story of the iconic Mary Small, a child prodigy, radio singer, and Broadway star whose moxie and resilience made her a defining symbol of the Greatest Generation.
Despite her success as one of the most recognizable performers of the Golden Age and a fifty-year career in show business, Mary Small, the original Little Girl with the Big Voice, disappeared into obscurity, died penniless, and was buried in an unmarked grave. This revealing biography by her long-lost grandson breathes new life into the obituary she never received yet so richly deserved.
The Little Girl with the Big Voice examines the struggles of women and children in the early 1930s and ’40s through the eyes of Mary Small, a child prodigy, restless wife, and dedicated mother whose resilience in the face of constant challenges made her a defining symbol of her generation. Although she was undoubtedly one of the most recognizable stars of the Golden Age, she disappeared an unknown, became a ward of the court, and her possessions were discarded in the city dump. She never received so much as an obituary. This film by her long lost grandson attempts to finally right that wrong.