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Jean Darling

( b. Aug 23, 1922 Santa Monica, California, USA - d. Sep 04, 2015 Rödermark, GERMANY ) Female

Jean Darling appeared in the "Our Gang" comedy films as a child and performed in the original Broadway production of Carousel. Known for her golden locks and a face like a kewpie doll, Ms. Darling was cast in the "Our Gang" films when she was 4, and appeared in 46 silent films and six talkies between 1927 and 1929. She continued to appear in films after the leaving the series, including as the young Jane Eyre in the 1934 adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's novel. In 1945, she originated the role of Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel and appeared in more than 850 performances.

She was also a vaudeville performer and acted on radio and television. She later became an author, writing a novel, "Marinda," and two autobiographies, in addition to hundreds of short stories.

Ms. Darling studied singing as a teenager. After turning down an offer to play alongside Mickey Rooney in one of MGM's "Andy Hardy" films, she made her debut on Broadway in the musical Count Me In in 1942.

She married Reuben Bowen, known as Kajar the Magician, in 1954 and toured the world with his magic show. After splitting from her husband, she settled in Dublin, where she wrote dozens of short mysteries that appeared in publications like Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Whispers, a horror and fantasy fiction magazine. In the 1980s, she appeared on Irish radio and television as Aunty Poppy and read children's stories.

Source: The New York Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Jean Darling [Carrie Pipperidge]
Apr 19, 1945 - May 24, 1947
Count Me In
[Musical, Revue, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Jean Darling [Aides, Singing Girl]
Oct 08, 1942 - Nov 21, 1942
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