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Billy and Bobby Mauch
The Mauch Twins
Born in Peoria, Illinois
onJuly 6, 1924

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Billy and Bobby Mauch were identical twins. When Billy was cast in Anthony Adverse, Bobby was to be his stand-in for unimportant scenes. Once the film was completed, however, the twins revealed to director Mervyn LeRoy that that had taken turns playing the lead role throughout the movie, confident that no one would notice. They are said to have played the same trick during the filming of The White Angel, where Billy again was cast as the lead. The only noticeable difference between them as boys was that Billy is left-handed, and Bobby is right-handed. (Edited from The Moving Picture Boy, by John Holmstrom.)

Billy and Bobby Mauch, The Mauch Twins

Bobby Mauch child actor photoBilly and Bobby Mauch in The Prince and The Pauper

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