Dear Diary – Et Al.

“Dear Diary – Et Al.” (Gidget episode 1, 15 Sep. 1965). Gidget’s private and personal feelings are revealed when her older sister “accidentally” comes across Gidget’s diary.

Girls: Sally Field (Gidget), Betty Conner (Anne Cooper), Lynette Winter (Larue), Pamela Colbert (Cornbread – credited at the end of the episode but scenes deleted. She can be seen in the unaired second version of the pilot on YouTube).

Boys: Stephen Mines (Jeff aka Moondoggie – in photo above), Peter E. Deuel (John Cooper), Mike Nader.

Olds: Don Porter (Professor Russell Lawrence)


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Daphne Dutton

Diane McBain (born 1940): from Surfside 6 (TV 1960-62) 44 episodes as Daphne Dutton, to I Sailed to Tahiti with an All Girl Crew (1968).



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The Mini-Skirt Mob 1968

The Mini-Skirt Mob (released 3 May 1968 American International Pictures); director: Maury Dexter, writer: James Gordon White; girls: Diane McBain, Sherry Jackson, Patty McCormack, Barbro Hedström, Jackie Rohr; boys: Jeremy Slate, Ross Hagen, Harry Dean Stanton, Ronnie Rondell Jr.

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Maryjane 1968

Maryjane (released 13 March 1968 American International Pictures), director: Maury Dexter, writer: Maury Dexter (story), Dick Gautier, Peter Marshall; girls: Diane McBain, Patty McCormack, Linda Cooper, Teri Garr,  Jo Ann Harris, Dodie Warren; boys: Fabian, Kevin Coughlin (1946-76), Gary Marshall, Frank Alesia, Ronnie Dayton

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Maury Dexter

Maury Dexter: born 12 June 1928, Paris Arkansas USA. Directing credits include: Surf Party (1964), Wild On The Beach (1965), Maryjane (1968), The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), The Young Animals (1968), Hell’s Belles (1969).

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Miss America 1959

Mary Ann Mobley, who stepped into the spotlight as the first Miss Mississippi to become Miss America and later hit the silver screen opposite Elvis Presley, has died. She was 77. LA Times Obituary, LA Times December 2014.

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Martin Milner 1931 – 2015

Martin Milner: born 28 December 1931, Detroit Michigan; died 6 September 2015, Carlsbad California. Select credits: Sex Kittens Go to College (1960), Gidget (TV 1965): S1E3 The Great Kahuna – ‘Kahuna’ Ski’, Ski Fever (1966), Valley of the Dolls (1967), Adam 12 (TV 1968-75).

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Jeremy Slate 1926 – 2006

Chris Noel and Jeremy Slate promoting The Lieutenant (TV 1963). Jeremy Slate born 17 February 1926 Atlantic City New Jersey; died 19 November 2006, Los Angeles California. Selected credits: G.I. Blues (1960), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), I’ll Take Sweden (1965), The Born Losers (1967), The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), Hell’s Belles (1969), Hell’s Angels ’69 (1969). Scandanavian looks: played ‘Gunnar Borgstrom’ in Bonanza (TV 1962 S3E29), ’Erik Carlson’ in I’ll Take Sweden (1965) and ‘Erik Larsen’ in Convoy (TV 1965 S1E12).

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Roddy McDowall 1928 – 1998

Roddy McDowall: born 17 September 1928, London England; died 3 October 1998, Los Angeles USA. First credit: Murder in the Family (UK 1938), moved to the US the following year, on screen until 1998. Selected credits: Lord Love a Duck (1966), The Cool Ones (1967), Hello Down There (1969).

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Tuesday Weld

Tuesday Weld: born Susan Ker Weld 27 August 1943, New York City; child model turned actress.

Screen debut in Rock! Rock! Rock! (1956 – songs voiced by Connie Francis); TV appearances including Sunset Strip; The Tab Hunter Show and 17 episodes of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV 1959-62); films including Sex Kittens Go To College (1960) with Martin Milner and Norman Grabowski; and High Time (1961) with Fabian and Yvonne Craig.

Beach movie-related credits: I’ll Take Sweden (1965) with Frankie Avalon; and Lord Love A Duck (1966) with Roddy McDowall, Martin West, Jo Collins.

1960 Golden Globe award for best newcomer. Final screen credit in Ethan Hawke’s Chelsea Walls (2001).


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