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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameLauren Ann Chapin
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lauren Ann Chapin (born May 23, 1945, Los Angeles, California) is an American former child actress, most remembered for her role as the youngest child "Kathy Anderson" (nicknamed "Kitten") in the television show Father Knows Best which was produced between 1954 and 1960. She appeared in 203 episodes in the series. Chapin was awarded five Junior Emmys for Best Child Actress. Two of her older brothers were also child stars, Billy and Michael Chapin. She is also known for roles in School Bus Diaries (2016), The 36th Prime Time Emmy Awards (1984), Scout's Honor (1980), The Adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (1976), A Star is Born (1954), The Bob Hope Show (1954) and The Ed Sullivan Show (1958). In 1989 she wrote a NY Times Best Selling Autobiography, Father Does Know Best: The Lauren Chapin Story. She is well known as a licensed and ordained evangelist and advocate for Israel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Summer Chapin

Spouse (1)

Jerry Jones (25 February 1962 - 1966) ( divorced)

Trivia (5)

Mother of Summer-Healy Chapin.
Sister of Billy Chapin and Michael Chapin.
Has a son, Matthew Chapin.
After Father Knows Best ended, her life went into a tailspin. She married at 16 years of age, became addicted to diet pills, and lost a court case in which her mother sued her for the $90,000 in her trust fund from the series; Lauren wound up with only $19,000. She became hooked on speed and heroin, and in order to pay for her drug habits became a prostitute. She was arrested and jailed for forgery. After her jail time she went into rehab, got religion and changed her life around.
Profiled in the 2016 book "X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?" by Kathy Garver and Fred Ascher.

Personal Quotes (1)

If you love your children, you will keep them out of show business.

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