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Freddie Bartholomew

Freddie Bartholomew

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Also Known As: Died: January 23, 1992
Born: March 28, 1924 Cause of Death: emphysema and heart failure
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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Farmed out by parents to live with grandparents and aunt, Mylicent Mary Bartholomew, who raised him in Westminister, southern England; changed surname to his aunt's
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Made performing debut at age four, reciting a poem at a church social; aunt took him on rounds of British film studios and helped him get bit parts
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Aunt arranged contractual agreement whereby any money Bartholomew earned was divided between herself, his grandparents and a trust fund for him; parents were induced to sign the agreement
1930:
Film debut in "Toyland" shorts series (Great Britain)
1930:
Film acting debut in "Fascination" (Great Britain)
1934:
David O. Selznick, Louis B. Mayer's son-in-law, sent director George Cukor to England to cast title role of "David Copperfield" (Mayer wanted Jackie Cooper to star); Bartholomew's teacher Italia Conti recommended Bartholomew to Cukor; traveled with aunt to Hollywood; signed seven-year contract with MGM starting at $175 a week, with increases to $500 a week
1935:
Hollywood debut in title role of "David Copperfield"
1935:
Salary upped to $1000 after boxoffice success in Selnick's "Anna Karenina"
1937:
Aunt waged a court battle to wrest Bartholomew from MGM contract
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Subject to a drawn-out court battle between his parents and aunt over his earnings; final court settlement allocated his earnings as follows: 10% to his parents, 5% to each of his two sisters, 10% to his aunt and the remainder set aside in a trust fund for Bartholomew (ates approximate)
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Inducted into the US Air Force; served as a maintenance worker for a group of B-17 bombers in WWII
1945:
Formed a little theater group on the West Coast and toured with it as an actor-director
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Appeared in vaudeville and nightclub shows and performed in summer theater after WWII
1949:
TV debut in "Outward Bound"
1951:
Made final film appearance in "St. Benny the Dip"
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Turned to directing TV shows in USA
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Became associate director of WPIX TV station in NYC in the early 1950s
1954:
Joined Benton & Bowles advertising agency in NYC; rose to position of vice president; handled the company's involvement in "The Andy Griffith Show" and other show accounts
1991:
Made final onscreen appearance, an interview for TNT's six-hour history of MGM

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