Tuesday, March 13, 2012

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: FORGOTTEN CHILD STARS

For every successful child star like Mickey Rooney and Jodie Foster, there are countless tragic child stars like Judy Garland and Dana Plato. Then there are just the child stars that seem to fade away. They disappear from movies and television, and they just fade into entertainment history. Here are some forgotten child stars that I was curious in learning more about...


LARRY SIMMS (1934-2009)
Larry is another forgotten name but a face you will remember if like me you remember watching the "Blondie" movie series on Sunday mornings. Simms played Baby Dumpling in that successful series from 1938 to 1950. After he is through with acting, Larry joined the Navy and then began another career as an engineer, before retiring to Thailand. Some reports claim that Larry was more interested in the technical aspects of filmmaking than in acting, which explains his career changes. Sadly, the social security death index reported the child star as died on June 17, 2009 - no media outlet ever reported it.


JULIE ALLRED (1954-2011)
Born in Philadelphia to a Jewish family, Julie landed her one and only film role in the 1962 thriller "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane" (1962) after winning a contest. The played the younger Bette Davis character from 1917. After appearing as the young Jane Hudson she never returned to the screen or any other form of acting thereafter due to the religious beliefs of her family. She spent the remainder of her life living in her birthplace of Pennsylvania married to a dentist and later raised a family. She was married with four children when she died of diabetes in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania on December 29, 2011.


TRACY STRATFORD (BORN 1955)
Who is Tracy Stratford you may ask? Well, I discovered her on an episode of the the great series "The Twilight Zone". She was in the episode called "The Living Doll". She played the stepdaughter of an angry and mean Telley Savales. Stratford, born on January 19, 1955 in Los Angeles, California was also the first voice of Lucy van Pelt. Stratford provided the voice for Lucy in the first Peanuts animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, in 1965. She also appeared on numerous other television shows like "The Loretta Young Show" and "Ben Casey" before retiring from acting in 1969. Not much is known about her but she did appear in a 2001 documentary on the making of "A Charlie Brown Christmas".

24 comments:

  1. You always have the most interesting posts!!

    I never watched the "Blondie" movies, and "The Twilight Zone" was always too scary for me. I do, though, watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" every year...it's a family tradition. Obviously, I've seen Miss Stratford's name on the credits.

    "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" is easily one of my 30 favorite movies. It was fun learning a bit about the young Baby Jane. I wonder why her family gave their permission for her to do that movie if it was against their religious beliefs. She was quite young when she died just a few months ago.

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  2. Larry Simms also played Peter Baily's oldest son, Pete, in the Frank Capra classic It's A Wonderful Life

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    1. And Austin, Barbara Stanwyck's son in the Gaylord Sisters

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    2. And was a page boy in Mr Smith Goes To Washington

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    3. Eerie that I am reading this as I am watching It's A Wonderful Life.

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    4. He certainly did play Peter Baileys son. Im so glad to hear he transitioned so well and lived on for many years.. Thank you Larry for the Wonderful memories and of course your service to our great nation.

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    5. Larry Lee Simms portrayed the grandson of Peter Bailey, the son of George Bailey on the Frank Capra Classic, "It's A Wonderful Life". He also portrayed Baby Dumpling, later renamed Alexander, on the "Blondie" film series.

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  3. Tracy Stradford is a librarian, and is awesome

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    1. how do you know she is a librarian? carlosaperez1972@yahoo.com....

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    2. If she is a librarian, or not... Where is she??

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    3. Not that hard to to find just use google:
      http://noblemania.blogspot.com/2014/06/peanuts-interview-tracy-shaw-lucy-in.html

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    4. She is a librarian at my high school I went to. Squalicum High in Bellingham, WA

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    5. Yeah she was at my high school when I went there, don't know if she is anymore but I went to Squalicum High in Bellingham WA

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  4. Could anybody please tell me what ever happened to Philip Hepburn? He starred in the 50"s movie Bright Road with Dorothy Dandrige and Harry Belafonte.

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    1. http://www.tribune242.com/obituaries/2016/jul/29/philip-hepburn/

      I am not sure if this is him, but the age would be about right.

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    2. http://www.tribune242.com/obituaries/2016/jul/29/philip-hepburn/

      Im not sure this is him, but the age and image seem to match

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    3. http://www.tribune242.com/obituaries/2016/jul/29/philip-hepburn/

      I am not 100% sure this is him, but the age and picture seem to be a close match.

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    4. Have you ever found out anything about him? I am also interested in knowing more.0

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    5. Watching Bright Road right now, wondering myself what happened to him, and a Google took me here. IMDB gives his birth year as 1941, which seems right. That would make this person ten years too young.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this information!! If you want to know more information on latest child actors as well as all the details, then try this child actors list.

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  6. I too would very much like to know what became of young actor Philip Hepburn who starred in BRIGHT ROAD with Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. He did such a fine job in that role, yet there is little written about him, at least that I can find...

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    1. I agree. I have been trying to find out. He was brilliant in Bright Road.

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    2. http://www.tribune242.com/obituaries/2016/jul/29/philip-hepburn/

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