Did You Know?
The producers of A Christmas Story
(1983) wanted a teenager to play the grouchy elf in the department-store Santa scene. Johnson, then in her 30s, didn't know about the age criterion until she arrived at the crowded casting call. She got huffy, told them she had professional elf experience, and showed them photos from a past job as a singing elf at Higbee's (a now-defunct department store in ...