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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 ...


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
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
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
Film debut in "Toyland" shorts series (Great Britain)
Film acting debut in "Fascination" (Great Britain)
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
Hollywood debut in title role of "David Copperfield"
Salary upped to $1000 after boxoffice success in Selnick's "Anna Karenina"
Aunt waged a court battle to wrest Bartholomew from MGM contract
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)
Inducted into the US Air Force; served as a maintenance worker for a group of B-17 bombers in WWII
Formed a little theater group on the West Coast and toured with it as an actor-director
Appeared in vaudeville and nightclub shows and performed in summer theater after WWII
TV debut in "Outward Bound"
Made final film appearance in "St. Benny the Dip"
Turned to directing TV shows in USA
Became associate director of WPIX TV station in NYC in the early 1950s
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
Made final onscreen appearance, an interview for TNT's six-hour history of MGM

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