Fleeing the Fates of the Little Rascals

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AuthorHouse, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 197 pages
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View, through the eyes of a child and teenager, the scene of growing up in the glamorous Hollywood of the 1930s and 1940s! During childhood, the author visited or auditioned at almost every major movie studio in Tinseltown. What was it like to work on the set of Hal Roach's Little Rascals? To be given a screen test with one of Hollywood's greatest directors? To be told "never again to call" the office of Columbia Pictures studio boss, Harry Cohn? To receive from one of the Marx Brothers, the gift of a camera? Author Laura June Kenny experienced all this and more. Her memoir provides a unique look at a Hollywood and a Southern California that is no more, and cannot be replaced. Born disadvantaged in the worst year of the Great Depression, her fate was to be discovered and to be loved by a disparate group of people who inspired her to reach for the "real stars," and thereby find her stardom. Filled with rare photos from the author's own collection, this is the story of a Hollywood moppet turned teacher, writer, public speaker, emcee, wife, mother, grandmother, and what she learned along the way!
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 THE SMELL OF EUCALYPTUS AND THE SOUND OF MOURNING DOVES 193236
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CHAPTER 2 LIFE BECOMES A TRIANGLE IN SPACE AND TIME 193641
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THE WORLD WAR II YEARS AND AFTER 194146
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CHAPTER 4 THE CITY AND THE UNIVERSITY 194651
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CHAPTER 5 WOMANHOOD WORK AND A WEDDING 195154
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CHAPTER 6 CHILDREN CREATIVITY AND A CRUCIBLE 19541962
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EPILOGUE
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Back Cover
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