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Former Child Actor Moore Dead at 89: Kissed Temple, Was Married to MGM Musical Star Powell

Child actor Dickie Moore: 'Our Gang' member. Former child actor Dickie Moore dead at 89: Film career ranged from 'Our Gang' shorts to features opposite Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper 1930s child actor Dickie Moore, whose 100+ movie career ranged from Our Gang shorts to playing opposite the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, and Gary Cooper, died in Connecticut on Sept. 7, '15 – five days before his 90th birthday. So far, news reports haven't specified the cause of death. According to a 2013 Boston Phoenix article about Moore's wife, MGM musical star Jane Powell, he had been “suffering from arthritis and bouts of dementia.” Dickie Moore movies At the behest of a persistent family friend, combined with the fact that his father was out of a job, Dickie Moore (born on Sept. 12, 1925, in Los Angeles) made his film debut as an infant in Alan Crosland's 1927 costume drama The Beloved Rogue,
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'Our Gang' Actress Jean Darling Dies at 93

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Jean Darling, one of the child actresses from "Our Gang" and one of the last remaining stars from the silent film era, has died. She was 93.

Darling shot to fame at the age of 4 as part of the popular "Our Gang" series of short silent films. Thanks to what the New York Times dubbed "her golden locks and a face like a kewpie doll," Darling -- whose mother legally changed her name, Dorothy Jean LeVake, at 5 months old -- kept busy in Hollywood, starring in 46 silent movies and six talkies between 1927 and 1929.

She continued to act as she grew, including appearing as the young Jane Eyre in a 1934 adaptation of the novel. Darling also made a name for herself on Broadway, starring in the debut of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classic "Carousel" in 1945, in which she originated the role of Carrie Pipperidge.

In the 1970s, Darling moved to Dublin, Ireland,
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Desperate Housewives Emmy-Nominated Actress Lost Her Fortune Following Stock-Market Crash

Polly Bergen: 'Desperate Housewives' Emmy nominee; winner for 'The Helen Morgan Story' (photo: Felicity Huffman, Doug Savant, and Polly Bergen in 'Desperate Housewives') (See previous article: "Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List'.") Polly Bergen began her lengthy — and to some extent prestigious — television career in 1950, making sporadic appearances in anthology series. She won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Single Performance – Lead or Supporting — beating Julie Andrews, Helen Hayes, Teresa Wright, and Piper Laurie — for playing troubled torch singer Helen Morgan (Show Boat) in the 1957 Playhouse 90 episode "The Helen Morgan Story," featuring veteran Sylvia Sidney as Morgan's mother. Curiously, Bergen's retelling of Helen Morgan's story was broadcast the same year that Ann Blyth starred in Michael Curtiz's Morgan biopic. Also titled The Helen Morgan Story, the film focused on the relationship between the singer and a
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Elizabeth Taylor, Farley Granger, Jane Russell, Peter Falk, Sidney Lumet: TCM Remembers 2011

"TCM Remembers 2011" is out. Remembered by Turner Classic Movies are many of those in the film world who left us this past year. As always, this latest "TCM Remembers" entry is a classy, immensely moving compilation. The haunting background song is "Before You Go," by Ok Sweetheart.

Among those featured in "TCM Remembers 2011" are Farley Granger, the star of Luchino Visconti's Senso and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers on a Train; Oscar-nominated Australian actress Diane Cilento (Tom Jones, Hombre), formerly married to Sean Connery; and two-time Oscar nominee Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Great Race), best remembered as television's Columbo. Or, for those into arthouse fare, for playing an angel in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.

Also, Jane Russell, whose cleavage and sensuous lips in Howard Hughes' The Outlaw left the puritans of the Production Code Association apoplectic; another Australian performer, Googie Withers, among
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Edith Fellows obituary

Hollywood child star who was exploited then abandoned by the movie industry

Child stars, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney, who have long and successful careers as adults are the exception. Edith Fellows, who has died aged 88, had a film career longer than most – it lasted 13 years from the age of six – though it wasn't without its ups and downs. It is a familiar story: a talented child, exploited by avaricious adults, often family members, suffers in later life.

Fellows, born in Boston, had a domineering paternal grandmother, who was left to take care of the two-month-old baby, whose mother had walked out on the family and disappeared. The grandmother later barred Edith's mostly absent father, a mechanic, from seeing his daughter when she got into the movies. "She did not want anyone around me," Fellows explained. "No one. Just the two of us."

In 1935, when Fellows was at the height of her fame,
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Child Star Fellows Dead At 88

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Child Star Fellows Dead At 88
One-time child star Edith Fellows has died, aged 88.

The actress became the star of her own drama in the 1930s when she fought a custody battle with her own mother, who abandoned her as an infant.

She made her movie debut in 1929's Movie Night. By the time she became a teenager, she had appeared in more than 30 films, including The Rider of Death Valley and Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, alongside legendary funnyman W.C. Fields, and Pennies From Heaven with Bing Crosby.

Fellows died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retirement home in Woodland Hills, California on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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