Eugene

Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson: His Own Story

by Eugene W. Jackson II, Gwendolyn S. St. Julian, Gwendolyn Sides St. Julian
     
 

At age 6, Eugene Jackson was tap dancing for nickels and dimes on the streets of Los Angeles. Soon after, Jackson landed the role of "Pineapple" in Hal Roach's enduring 1924 comedy series Our Gang. Jackson broke away from the other "little rascals" for a solo career that saw him become the first African American child star in talkies, appearing in 1929's Hearts in

Overview

At age 6, Eugene Jackson was tap dancing for nickels and dimes on the streets of Los Angeles. Soon after, Jackson landed the role of "Pineapple" in Hal Roach's enduring 1924 comedy series Our Gang. Jackson broke away from the other "little rascals" for a solo career that saw him become the first African American child star in talkies, appearing in 1929's Hearts in Dixie. At age 16, his personal vaudeville tour visited 89 cities in 16 states. A true trailblazer, Jackson opened the door for other African American entertainers.

In his first-ever autobiographical work, Jackson recounts his remarkable career in show business as an actor, comic, singer, dancer and musician. He recalls working with such entertainment giants as Gene Autry, Irene Dunne, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis, Jr., Gene Kelly, Al Jolson and Gregory Hines, to name a few. Rare personal photographs and a filmography supplement the story of Mr. Jackson's amazing life, told in his own words.

Editorial Reviews

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fascinating insights...an extraordinary career
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wonderful reading...what an interesting life [Jackson] has had
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Jackson, a living slice of American entertainment history, is still a crowd pleaser and deserves to be paid: buy the book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786405336
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Pages:
235

Meet the Author

The late Eugene W. Jackson II ran a dance school in Compton, California until his death in late 2001. Gwendolyn Sides St. Julian is a speech pathologist in Chicago.

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