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tuscany123 ( 2006-05-15 )
Source: Lassie Lou Ahern. She can be contacted through Veronica Aguilera at firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTN ROBERT OSBOURNE - Lassie Lou Ahern was born in Los Angeles, CA, on June 25, 1920. She made her film debut in Jack London's "Call of the Wild" at the age of 18 months. After that she appeared in many of the Our Gang comedies, along with her sister Peggy. Will Rogers was working at the Hal Roach studios during this time, discovered Lassie also working there, and used her in 3 or 4 of his films. One of the most well known comedians of his time, Charlie Chase, also noticed Lassie, and used her in many of his films, including "Sweet Daddy" (1925) and "Family Entrance" (1925) While Lassie was still working at Hal Roach, her agent told her father that Universal Studios was searching for a young boy to play the difficult role of Little Harris, in the movie "Uncle Toms Cabin" (1927) Lassie auditioned for the role dressed as a little boy, and won the part on the spot. She won critical acclaim for this role in the epic movie, that was destined to become a classic. Ms Ahern believes that she is the only surviving cast member of Uncle Toms Cabin. Her success in this role set her on the road to becoming one of the busiest child actesses of her time. She performed in the movie "Surrender" (1926) with Mary Philbin, and also in the Helen Holmes seriels. She also starred with Frankie Darrow in "Little Mickey Grogan" at F.B.O. (later to become R.K.O.), as well as many others. As an adult Lassie went back to Universal and did all those fun dancing movies with Donald O'Connor. She also teamed with her sister Peggy and had a singing and dancing night club act known as the "Ahern Sisters" during the 1930's and 1940's. They danced all over the US and Canada at the finer hotels and night clubs. Lately Ms Ahern has appeared on several TV shows including "Love, American Style", "The Odd Couple", "Petrocelli", "The Magician" plus talk shows "Oprah", "Our Magazine", Matt and Maddy", and "Talk of the Town". Ms Ahern has kept busy with her dance teaching at the pretigious Ashram Spa in Calabasas, CA, and counts Oprah Winfrey, Rene Zellwegger, Faye Dunaway, Vicky Carr and Sela Ward as former pupils. On a personal note, Lassie married, and had 3 children (John, Cary and Debra), three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She wants everyone at TCM to know that she is alive and well, and still "kicking up her heels". She is absolutely thrilled that TCM considers "Uncle Toms Cabin" (1927) a classic.
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