Darla Hood

Born Nov 8, 1931

Darla Jean Hood was an American child actress, best known as the leading lady in the Our Gang series from 1935 to 1941. She was born in Leedey, Oklahoma, the only child of James Claude Hood and Elizabeth Danner. Her father worked in a bank and her mother was a music teacher.… Read More

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1931 Birth Born on November 4, 1931.
Hood played Darla in Our Gang. She made her debut at age four in the 1935 film Our Gang Follies of 1936 and was soon given a role in The Bohemian Girl with Laurel and Hardy.


1950 18 Years Old Hood then went out on her own with singing engagements in nightclubs and guest appearances on TV. She was a regular on The Ken Murray Show from 1950 to 1951.


1955 23 Years Old In 1955, she was a leading lady in the act of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen.
1957 25 Years Old She had a hit record in 1957, "I Just Wanna Be Free", and appeared in the movie Calypso Heat Wave (1957) singing a duet with Johnny Desmond. … Read More


1962 30 Years Old Hood was a guest on such TV shows of the early 1960s as Tell It to Groucho and The Jack Benny Show, where she appeared on October 30, 1962 as "Darla" in a spoof of the Our Gang comedies with Jack Benny (who appeared as Alfalfa). … Read More


1979 48 Years Old Following the procedure, Hood contracted acute hepatitis and died suddenly of heart failure on June 13, 1979; she was 47. … Read More
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