The Secret Is Out: The World LOVES Gennie James!

Gennie James

A year and a half ago I posed a simple question to you, my DVR Files devotees: “Whatever happened to 1980s icon Gennie James??? “, pictured above, and yes, there were three question marks because this was among the world’s greatest mysteries, up there with Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, the origins of Stonehenge, and Khloe Kardashian’s paternity.

As they say on Sesame Street, one of these things does not look like the other!

As they say on Sesame Street, one of these things (is not like the others).

Truth be told, because of a thing called “google,” it was quite simple to figure out what happened to Gennie, the princess of 1980s child actors. She is married with children and lives in Texas. Wow!

The thing is, I’m not the only person who is obsessed with Gennie. Y’all are too. In fact, the Gennie James post is the most popular entry in DVR Files history, behind only my observation that Reggie Bush is probably going to be the best dad ever.

Because you are such fans, I decided to include the trailer from Gennie’s most important role, Mary Lennox in the 1987 Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of The Secret Garden. You’re welcome.


There are MANY great aspects of this TV movie. Perhaps my favorite is that Gennie portrays a young British girl yet has an American accent, but the actress playing the adult Mary Lennox sounds remarkably English to me! WEIRD. And wait . . . is that Colin Firth playing an adult named, uh, Colin? Why yes, yes it is!


While Gennie may be perfectly satisfied in her present life, we will always welcome her back with open arms!

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