Darling, Jean

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Darling, Jean Gender: F
Dorothy Jean LeVake
born on 21 August 1922 at 16:15 (= 4:15 PM )
Place Santa Monica, California, 34n01, 118w29
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 28°07' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 16°16 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 17°15'

Jean Darling (1930)


American child actress who was a regular in the Our Gang short subjects series from 1927 to 1929. Prior to her death, she was one of four surviving cast members from the silent era cast of Our Gang (Lassie Lou Ahern, Mildred Kornman and Dorothy Morrison being the others). At the time of her death in 2015, Darling was, along with Baby Peggy, one of the last surviving actors who worked in the silent film era.

She began in movies at six months old as a freelance baby. She got her break in 1926 when she passed a screen test and was accepted for a part in Hal Roach's Our Gang series. Darling appeared in 46 silents and six talkies with Our Gang during this period.

She continued to appear in films after leaving the gang, including an appearance in Laurel & Hardy's adaptation of Babes in Toyland (uncredited) and as the young Jane in Jane Eyre (both 1934). A round of stage and radio shows followed.

Darling began to study singing, and in 1940 she was given a scholarship by the New York Municipal Opera Association. Her stage career hit a real high when she landed the role of Carrie Pipperidge in the original Broadway production of Carousel in 1945. She appeared in 850 consecutive performances.

Her role as Carrie Pipperidge helped her with parts for radio and TV in the 1950s. She hosted her own television show for NBC in New York City, A Date with Jean Darling. Her daily TV show for women, The Singing Knit-Witch, was aired on KHJ-TV in Hollywood. Her last work was a humorous silent comedy short, The Butler's Tale, from 2013.

In 1974, Darling moved to Dublin, Ireland, where she wrote mystery stories and had over 50 short stories published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Whispers. As "Aunty Poppy", she read stories, which she wrote herself, on RTÉ radio and TV. She also wrote plays for radio and worked as a journalist.

Darling married Reuben Bowen; they had a son, Roy. Reuben Bowen died of cancer on 22 August 1980. She never remarried. She later lived with her son in Rodgau, Germany. She died at a nursing home in Rödermark on 4 September 2015 after a sudden illness, aged 93.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Jackson, Mary Ann (born 14 January 1923). Notes: Co-stars in "Our Gang" films
  • associate relationship with Spear, Harry (born 16 December 1921). Notes: Co-stars in "Our Gang" films


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate. Wikipedia has 23 August in error.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 93)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Detective/ Mystery
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Radio)