Earn 125 points on every ticket you buy. Playing Tomboy Taylor, Rickert appeared in five of the McGuire comedies in 1933 and ’34. After quitting burlesque in 1959, Rickert worked a variety of jobs, including bartender, secretary and sales director for a regional theater in Springfield, Mass. It was never mine. She was 82. Rickert was 4 when she went for an interview for a part in an “Our Gang” comedy short at the Hal Roach Studios. Also was CEO of housing lender Fannie Mae in the 1990s. She performed in burlesque theaters and nightclubs across the United States and Canada in the 1950s. She hung up her furs and feathers in 1959, subsequently working as a barmaid, secretary, saleswoman and as a lorry driver for the American Air Force. Out on her own and without a studio contract to protect her, finding work was hard. Her first movie was How's My Baby? James A. Johnson, who chaired Mondale’s presidential bid and led Fannie Mae, dies. Shirley Jean Rickert, who died on February 6 aged 82, was to a legion of Depression Era fans the cute girl with the platinum blonde curls in the Our Gang comedies filmed during the early 1930s; to the same fans, some 20 years later, she was Gilda, a burlesque stripper who was in the same league of notoriety as Bettie Page and Tempest Storm. "We didn't date", she said, "we were friends, and to be honest he had very few of those." Bob Biggs, founder of iconic L.A. independent label Slash Records, dies at 74. The blonde "vamp" or "Little Rich Girl" of such Our Gang shorts as Helping Grandma (1931) or Bargain Day, Shirley Jean Rickert had won a beautiful baby contest in her native Seattle before making her screen debut opposite comedian Monte Collins in How's My Baby (1930). 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After a dozen or so Our Gang shorts, Shirley left the troupe to play Tomboy Taylor in the rival Mickey McGuire comedy series, with Mickey Rooney in the title role. But fame eluded her. The blonde "vamp" or "Little Rich Girl" of such Our Gang shorts as Helping Grandma (1931) or Bargain Day, Shirley Jean Rickert had won a beautiful baby contest in her native Seattle before making her screen debut opposite comedian Monte Collins in How's My Baby (1930). With flowing blond hair down to her waist, she was dubbed Gilda and Her Crowning Glory by her manager. After Rickert left the Our Gang series, she had a brief movie career, including starring roles as Tomboy Teri Taylor alongside Mickey Rooney in eight Mickey McGuire comedies, followed by a string of jobs including driving trucks for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. She played "Shirley Jean" in five of the "Our Gang" comedies from the early 1930s. After her film career (early 1950s) she became a blonde-maned exotic dancer who professionally went by "Gilda and Her Crowning Glory" and played both in the States and Canada. Earn 125 points on every ticket you buy. While living in Connecticut in the mid-'70s, she launched a long career as a traveling industrial hardware saleswoman, for whom her “Our Gang” tenure proved to be an ideal entree for making sales. James Randi, dazzling magician and leading skeptic, dies at 92. We know life happens, so if something comes up, you can return or exchange your tickets up until the posted showtime. The blonde "vamp" or "Little Rich Girl" of such Our Gang shorts as Helping Grandma (1931) or Bargain Day, Shirley Jean Rickert had won a beautiful baby contest in her native Seattle before making her screen debut opposite comedian Monte Collins in How's My Baby (1930). Fame's a weird thing!". She later toured Canada. Get your swag on with discounted movies to stream at home, exclusive movie gear, access to advanced screenings and discounts galore. She later worked in burlesque as an exotic dancer, billed as Gilda and Her Crowning Glory (after her long blonde hair), retiring from burlesque in 1959.. She was in five “Our Gang” comedies in 1931, appearing with Jackie Cooper, Bobby “Wheezer” Hutchins, Matthew “Stymie” Beard, Allen “Farina” Hoskins, Norman “Chubby” Chaney and other pre-Spanky and Alfalfa gang members. when you purchase 3 participating Suave products 9/1-10/31 at Walmart or Walmart.com. | “The mothers on the other hand, were awful. Later Shirley would be in the Mickey Maguire Comedies. Actress | Soundtrack Shirley Jean Rickert won a baby contest in Seattle when she was about 1-1/2 and her mother relocated the entire family to Hollywood, as she was sure she had a child star. Her mother took care of her daughter while she traveled and, when her mother died, she (for some reason she never figured out) moved to Buffalo, NY - you're either born in Buffalo or you're transferred there, but you don't voluntarily move to Buffalo. As she later wrote in response to an e-mail from a Detroit fan to her website: “Detroit was one of the towns where I would appear on a kiddie TV show on Saturday morning as Shirley Jean of the Our Gang/Little Rascals and disrobe on stage at night for the little kiddies’ parents.”. As an intern, Barrera shot black-and-white photos of everyday moments in overlooked Latino communities, which his team felt were covered only when crime occurred. and Follow Thru. She was born on March 25 1926 at Tacoma, Washington state. Aurelio Jose Barrera, L.A. Times photographer who helped paper win Pulitzer, dies. Away from Hollywood, she became a burlesque dancer in an act called Gilda and Her Crowning Glory, appearing in New York and Las Vegas, and performing alongside Tempest Storm, Jean Carroll and Jane Briggerman in theatres and night clubs. Tony nominee and L.A. stage regular Anthony Chisholm dies at 77. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. We had fun and enjoyed ourselves", she remembered. Her first movie was How's My Baby?  Rickert's most notable appearances were in the films Love Business and Bargain Day, in which her spit-curls were the centerpiece of her precocious performance. Shirley Jean Rickert, right, poses with her Our Gang co-stars. “I walk in, and they say, ‘Not another nuts and bolts salesman,’ ” she told the Associated Press in 1993. Stage mothers are just vile women, including my own. (1930) with Monte Collins and T. Roy Barnes. We had fun. Shirley Jean Rickert was twice married and divorced, and is survived by a daughter. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi. Recently she wrote on her website, in response to a fan from Detroit: "Detroit was one of the towns where I would appear on a kiddie TV show on Saturday morning as Shirley Jean of the Our Gang/Little Rascals and disrobe on stage at night for the little kiddies' parents. Publicity Listings "It didn't seem like work. Other Informations She began acting at the age of four in How’s My Baby? I can remember at 20th Century Fox Shirley Temple's mother in particular standing just out of shot tempting the curly-haired cutie with a bar of candy: 'Sparkle, Shirley, sparkle and the candy is yours!'". Stardom was my mother's dream. In subsequent years she worked in more than 100 movies, mostly musicals. Shirley Jean Rickert (March 25, 1926 – February 6, 2009) was an American child actress who was briefly the "blonde girl" for the Our Gang series in 1931, during the Hal Roach early talkie period. Their project won the 1984 public service award, despite initial skepticism from The Times’ editor. During the war years she was briefly under contract with Columbia Pictures, then worked as an uncredited dancer in a number of film musicals, including The Pirate (1948) with Gene Kelly; Royal Wedding (1951), starring Fred Astaire; and Singin' in the Rain (1952). [June 2003]. Vile women who craved the adoration and the pay cheques far more than their offspring ever did. She played Humility Crakstone in The Scarlet Letter (1934), and donned a black bobbed wig, styled by Max Factor, to play a native American oil heiress in the early John Wayne western Neath the Arizona Skies, released in 1934. 1 U.K. singles: ‘Keep On Running’ and ‘Somebody Help Me.’, Search Obituaries & Guest Books on Legacy.com, Honor a loved one, place an obituary notice, James Redford, son of Robert Redford, dies of liver cancer at 58. In 1927 her mother entered her 18-month-old daughter in a local baby beauty contest. The pair remained close until Dean's death in 1955. Shirley Jean Rickert won a baby contest in Seattle when she was about 1-1/2 and her mother relocated the entire family to Hollywood, as she was sure she had a child star. She left the Gang to go to Darmour Studios to play Tomboy Tailor with Mickey Rooney and Billy Barty. (1930) with Monte Collins and T. Roy Barnes. Shirley Jean Rickert (* 25.  She made her screen debut at the age of four in the short How's My Baby (1930), soon followed by her Our Gang debut, Helping Grandma in 1931. Platinum blond hair, heavily moussed, with four spit curls. "We tried the major studios like Paramount and MGM, then Poverty Row [a series of minor B-movie studios off Hollywood Boulevard] before getting a tip-off that Hal Roach was looking to cast a new series of kids for his Our Gang comedy shorts.". She left the “Our Gang” troupe to do the competing Mickey McGuire comedy series starring Mickey Rooney.