Silent film actress Jean Darling, star of Our Gang comedies, dead at 93

Legendary silent film actress Jean Darling passed away in a nursing home in Germany at the age of 93.
The one-time child star appeared in dozens of “Our Gang” comedy shorts and was one of the world’s last remaining silent film stars.

At the age of four Darling began appearing in the shorts all the way back in 1926. She appeared in 46 shorts altogether and reportedly four talkies about the childhood pals.

The California native also appeared on Broadway in Count Me In in 1952 and she originated the role of Carrie Pipperidge in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s original production of Carousel in 1945 and appeared in 850 consecutive performances.

Darling passed away after fighting off a short illness at her nursing home in Roedermark, Germany, where she lived with her son. She was born Dorothy Jean Lavake, in Santa Monica California on August 23, 1922.
After leaving the successful shorts of ‘Our Gang’, she appeared in Laurel and Hardy’s Babes in Toyland and in Jean Eyre both were filmed in 1934.

She had one son, Roy, with husband Reuben Bowen, who died in 1980.

No funeral arrangements have been discussed with the public or released but were told it will be a private funeral with just friends and family.

Rest in peace you will be missed.

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