R.I.P. Jean Darling: Last Surviving Member Of Original “Our Gang” (VIDEOS)


Jean Darling, last original Our Gang star dies

Jean Darling, one of the last surviving original cast members of the “Our Gang”, has passed away at the age of 93 in Rodgau, Germany.

Darling went on to star in the original Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel” and the silent comedy “The Butler’s Tale”.

Darling had been living with her son, Roy Bowen.

Her friend Rene Riva, a Dutch actor and singer that previously directed Jean in “The Butler’s Tale”, confirmed her death.

Darling was born Dorothy Jean LeVake on August 23, 1922 in Santa Monica.

Her mother changed her name when she was only five months old when her parents split.  The split was reportedly caused by her mother’s show business plans for her daughter.

Jean Darling in Our Gang pics

Darling started appearing in films a month later.  She was only four-years-old when she began starring in Hal Roach’s Our Gang series.

Darling continued to work in films after Our Gang, including as the young Jane in “Jane Eyre”.

She took singing lessons and later debuted in the musical “Count Me In” in 1942.

In 1945, she originated the role of Carrie Pipperidge in “Carousel”.

That role led to parts on radio and TV during the 1950s.

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Darling moved to Dublin, Ireland in 1974, where she wrote mystery stories.

She had around 50 stories published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Whispers.

Jean later moved to live with her son in Rodgau, Germany until her death.

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