“Meet Me In St. Louis”, based on Sally Benson´s “Kensington Stories” is set in 1903/04. The main characters are the four daughters of the Smith family – Rose (18), Esther (16 1/2), Agnes (14) and Sarah, nicknamed “Tootie” (5). Both Agnes and Tootie fall into the target range, being played by actresses aged 5-8 (Tootie) and 10-14 (Agnes) on stage and in the gorgeous 1944 movie.
From Sears Wishbook:
The original book came out in 1913, but the 1960 movie is set around 1900 – 1905, like AG´s Samantha or my own Lettie.
(In fact, I decided to make my Victorian/Edwardian character a blonde after seeing Hayley Mills in some of her period roles.)
Hayley is inspired by Hayley Mills in her double role as twins, Susan and Sharon in The Parent Trap (1961).