Fleeing the Fates of the Little Rascals

Fleeing the Fates of the Little Rascals

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by Laura June Kenny
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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ISBN-13:
9781418438616
Publisher:
AuthorHouse
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not finnish it damit
Guest More than 1 year ago
A WONDERFULLY WRITTEN BOOK OF AN ADULT'S REFLECTION OF HER CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION. THE BOOK DESCRIBES IN SMALL FRAMES HER EXPERIENCES DURING THE DEPRESSION AS WELL AS HER TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS AS A CHILD STAR. IN READING JUNE KENNY'S BOOK, THE READER RECALLS HER OWN EXPERIENCES DURING THIS PERIOD OF U.S. HISTORY. THE SMALL FRAMES JUNE KENNY PAINTS LEADS TO A PANARAMIC VIEW OF HOLLYWOOD AND HER LIFE WITH FOSTER PARENTS DURING THE DEPRESSION YEARS. A TRULY REMENISCENT VIEW OF HOW IT WAS. ONLY DISAPPOINTMENT IS THAT THE READER COULD NOT FOLLOW HER FURTHER IN HER LIFE'S STORY. A MUST READ BOOK WHICH IS TRULY INSPIRING!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fascinating retrospective examination of a Hollywood that is no more. Like no other author, Kenny has done a superb job at capturing the childlike essence and spirit of the Our Gang Follies. A marvelous read of the Classic Time of Hollywood and the coming of age of a young woman. I would highly recommend this book to all old time movie buffs and the legions of adoring fans of The Little Rascals. The book harkens me back to leisure and laughter filled summer days of my youth spent watching Our Gang. Truly a enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding book from the perspective of an author who was really a Little Rascal in Hollywood during the 30's and 40's. Because of the depression she was farmed out to two other families for survival. Just as Toby McGuire in Seabiscuit was left with another family and went on to fame as a jockey, these families just happened to have Hollywood connections, and that is how she became a Little Rascal. It was not the pleasant experience one would imagine. But with good mentors, she was resilient and survived and went on to become a successful teacher and now author in her life. Hence she fled the fate of most of the other Little Rascals whose destinies are outlined in her epilogue. The stories are touching and heartfelt and there is not an error in the book. The author has done a good job of editting for mistakes. This book is a must read and re read. In fact I purchased ten copies to send friends for Christmas. Five stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kenny gives us a dispassionate glimpse into a bright child's mind and heart and the character-shaping events of depression era Hollywood. Her family lived in poverty, their children helping provide support by acting. In contrast, she felt loved by wealthy childless people and was shuttled between two worlds. Her poignant account of pain, resolve, love and rejection, provide a unique glimpse into the destructive possibilities that she was able to overcome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Your heart will be gripped by the compelling struggle of a lonesome little girl who yearns for the love she finds in a Hollywood couple she adopts as stand-in parents. She needs their protection from the abusive fate of a child actress in the movie studios of the troublesome thirties. Coping with impossible odds beyond her years, she rises as an adult survivor with a passionate zest for life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Your heart will be gripped by the compelling struggle of a lonesome little girl who yearns for the love she finds in a Hollywood couple she adopts as stand-in parents. She needs their protection from the abusive fate of a child actress in the movie studios of the troublesome thirties. Coping with impossible odds beyond her years, she rises as an adult survivor with a passionate zest for life.