Darla Hood
Actor
Darla Hood
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.
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Movies In The Park Returns To Sharewood - WKSR
Google News - almost 6 years
The sanctity of the He-Man Woman Haters Club is threatened when one of its most respected members, Alfalfa Switzer, falls in love with, of all things, a girl, Darla Hood. It's up to Alfalfa's pal Spanky McFarland to set his pal straight before
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NEW DVDS; It's Spanky And Gang: Hold On to Your Beanies
NYTimes - over 8 years
W. C. Fields is said to have been the source of the show business maxim ''Never work with children or animals.'' ''The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection,'' a boxed set of eight DVDs from Genius Entertainment, offers approximately 20 hours' worth of reasons Fields was right: nobody could compete. Some 220 shorts were produced between 1922 and
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NYTimes - about 18 years
A restaurant review on Dec. 27 about Crabtree's in Floral Park included a proprietor's erroneous reference to characters and actors in the ''Our Gang'' films, and to a connection between the actors and the restaurant. Miss Crabtree, the character for whom it is named, was played by June Marlowe, not by Rosina Lawrence, who visited the restaurant
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DINING OUT; A Mix of Innovative Dishes and Standards
NYTimes - about 18 years
LONG before theme restaurants became commonplace, there was Crabtree's. This 12-year-old Floral Park favorite is named for Miss Crabtree, the teacher in the Our Gang-Little Rascals comedies. Anyone who has a warm spot in his heart for Spanky, had a crush on Darla or loved to imitate Alfalfa's singing will get a kick out of this place. But don't
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    FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 47
    After the procedure, she died suddenly of heart failure on June 13, 1979 at age 47.
    More Details Hide Details An autopsy disclosed that Hood had contracted acute hepatitis from a blood transfusion given during the operation, leading to her death. She was survived by her husband, Jose Granson; parents, James Claude and Elizabeth Davner Hood; a son, Brett; a daughter, Darla Jo; and a stepdaughter, Robin. The Our Gang community was stunned at Hood's unexpected death. Fellow Our Gang member Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas said, "I hate to hear it. It's a shock. She was an awfully nice person, a fine woman. We got along real good as kids." Thomas himself would die a little over a year later. During a lecture at Murray State University in 1985, George "Spanky" McFarland attributed her death to a broken heart. Hood is buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood. Hood was married twice, first to insurance salesman Robert W. Decker (1949-1957), then to record-company executive Jose Granson (1957-1979). She and Granson had three children. Tommy "Butch" Bond mentioned that her marriage to Granson was difficult because he used a wheelchair following a stroke.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1962
    Age 30
    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), and The Charlotte Peters Show in St. Louis.
    More Details Hide Details She did singing and voice-over on TV commercials, which included Campbell Soup and Chicken of the Sea tuna. She was also featured in The Little Rascals Christmas Special (1979) as the voice of Spanky and Porky's mother. She appeared in her own nightclub act at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, the Copacabana in New York, and the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hood was busy organizing the 1980 Little Rascals reunion for the Los Angeles Chapter of The Sons of the Desert when she underwent an appendectomy at Canoga Park Hospital, Canoga Park, California.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 27
    Between 1959 and 1962 she recorded several singles for the small Ray Note and Acama labels.
    More Details Hide Details In January 1959 Hood released a new record, Quiet Village. Joe Rivkin, who discovered her as a child, saw the cover and cast her in her final film role, her first adult role in a movie: she played a secretary in the suspense drama The Bat with Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.
  • 1955
    Age 23
    In 1955, she was a leading lady in the act of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen.
    More Details Hide Details In 1957, Darla was a regular performer on The Merv Griffin Show for the American Broadcasting Network. Other credits that year include a hit record, "I Just Wanna Be Free." and a duet with Johnny Desmond in the Sam Katzman movie "Calypso Heat Wave."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1950
    Age 18
    She was a regular on The Ken Murray Show from 1950 to 1951.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Age 9
    Hood's final appearance Our Gang film was 1941's "Wedding Worries".
    More Details Hide Details When she outgrew her role in Our Gang, Hood appeared in a couple of other movies and attended school in Los Angeles. While at Fairfax High School, she organized a vocal group called the Enchanters with four boys. Shortly after graduation, the quartet was booked by producer and star Ken Murray for his famous "Blackouts", a stage variety show. The group remained with Murray's Blackouts during its long run in New York and Hollywood. Darla Hood then went solo with singing engagements in nightclubs and guest appearances on TV.
  • 1935
    Age 3
    From 1935 to 1941, she continued to play in Our Gang.
    More Details Hide Details She is well remembered for her coquettish character, typically the love interest of Alfalfa, Butch, or (occasionally) Waldo. One of her most memorable moments was singing "I'm in the Mood for Love" in The Pinch Singer.
    She played Darla in Our Gang, except for her Our Gang debut, in which her character's name was "Cookie". 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.
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  • 1931
    Born
    Born on November 8, 1931.
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