STAGE NAME: Lassie Lou Ahern



RESUME on Internet Movie Database

OTHER STAGE NAMES: "Ahern Sisters" during Big Band Era

BIRTH NAME: Lassie Lou Ahern     DOB: June 25, 1920     BIRTH PLACE: Los Angeles, CA (Moved to Culver City in 1921)


CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Little Harry in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927)

AWARDS: Photoplay Award for Best Child Actress of the Year (For her performance in Uncle Tom's Cabin)

SPECIAL SKILLS: Vocalist, Dancer, Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics, Rope Spinning, Hand Balancing

MEMORABILIA / ENDORSEMENTS:
Buster Brown Shoes, Sunkist Oranges, Jean Carol Frocks
"The Lassie Lou Classics" clothing line was made by Jean Carol Frocks and was available at all major department stores.
Lassie Lou & her sister Peggy Lenore traveled the USA on a promotional tour for nine months modeling the collection at department stores.

LATER OCCUPATIONS:
Live Performer & Traveling Act: From 1932-1939 Lassie Lou & her sister traveled the USA & Canada billed as the "Ahern Sisters," performing at the finest supper clubs & hotels.
Performances included various styles of dance, violin, piano, tumbling, acrobatics, roping and singing.
TV Actress: Made appearances on several television shows such as Hour Magazine, Gary Collins Show (Semi-regular), The Vicki Lawrence Show, The Mike & Mattie Show, The Jim Bullock & Tammie Fay Baker Show.
Choreographer & Dance Teacher to the stars: Lassie Lou taught classes for 35 years at Ashram Health Spa in Malibu Canyon as well at many other places throughout Southern California.


FAMILY
PARENTS MARRIED: May 6, 1914

FATHER: Fred Ahern     DOB: March 12     BIRTH PLACE: Hiawatha, Kansas
DOD: N/A passed away at 72 years old     PLACE OF DEATH: Woodland Hills, California
OCCUPATION: Real Estate, Manager of Ahern Sisters during the Big Band Era
Fred Ahern helped Harry Culver develop and start Culver City.

MOTHER MAIDEN NAME: Elizabeth Wilson     DOB: December 22     BIRTH PLACE: Lexington, Kentucky
DOD: N/A passed away at 80 years old     PLACE OF DEATH: West Hills, California
OCCUPATION: Wardrobe & Hair Stylist for Lassie Lou & Peggy Lenore Ahern

SIBLINGS: (3)
BROTHER: William Patrick Ahern     DOB: March 9, 1928     DOD: 1986
SISTER: Peggy Lenore Ahern     DOB: March 9, 1917     DOD: October 24, 2012
HALF BROTHER: Fred Ahern     DOB: December 31, 1907

MARRIAGES
MARRIED: November 8, 1938
SPOUSE: Johnny Brent     DOB: 1899     BIRTH PLACE: TBA
DOD: 1972     PLACE OF DEATH: Culver City, California
OCCUPATION: Dixieland Drummer from New Orleans, Louisiana

CHILDREN: (3)
SON: John Charnel Brent III
SON: Cary Patten Brent
DAUGHTER: Debra Elizabeth Brent


GRANDCHILDREN: (3)
Child of Cary Patten Brent:
GRANDSON: Cary Patten Brent II

Children of Debra Elizabeth Brent:
GRANDDAUGHTER: Courtney Hood
GRANDDAUGHTER: Hayley Megan Hood

GREAT GRANDCHILDREN: (4)
Danica Weatherford, Liam Koa Brent, Tatum Cynthia Brent and Joshua Hood

NOTES FROM LASSIE LOU:

UNCLE TOM'S CABIN (1927)
The question I am asked most is "why is a girl playing Little Harry, Eliza's child?" The producers and director had seen many boys and tested some for months and months. They were not satisfied with any boy they saw. My agent called my father and said, "Fred, why don't you take Lassie Lou over to Universal Studios and try out for the part of Little Harry in Uncle Tom's Cabin? Get her a suit and have her use your name, Freddie, and see what happens." I did as my agent said and stood in line for several hours waiting to be seen.
When I went in to see the director, Mr. Pollard, he asked me my name and I said Freddie Ahern. He told me that it was a very difficult role and demanded some crying because I would be taken away from my mother. "Can you do that?" he said. I turned my back and thought for a minute and swung around holding my arms out to Margarita Fisher who plays Eliza in the film, and was Mr. Pollard's wife. I started crying my heart out, "Mama, mama, help!" Miss Fisher jumped out of her chair, came over and picked me up in her arms and went back to her chair sitting me on her lap. Mr. Pollard looked at me and looked at me. Then he took me and put me on his lap. He thought for a few minutes and said, "You're not a boy are you?" I was scared to death because my father was sitting in the corner of the room. I looked at my father and saw that he had a slight smile on his face, so I looked at Mr. Pollard and shook my head. "No," I said. He then said, "Well! What is..." suddenly he got up out of his chair and set me down. He then walked to the door, stuck his head out where there was still a long line of boys and said, "Thank you all for coming, we have found our Little Harry."

SURRENDER (1927)
While making "Uncle Tom's Cabin" at Universal Studios, they were shooting a film on the lot called "Surrender." Once again, there was a heavy dramatic scene in the film that called for crying.
Seemingly, they had auditioned many little girls and had not found anyone able to do the scene. I was on the set of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and someone (I do not know who) thought of me and suggested that maybe they could steal me off the "Uncle Tom's Cabin" set to do this difficult scene. The next thing I knew, the A.D. of "Surrender" came over on my set and carried me off to the "Surrender" set to see the director. As "Surrender" was a picture about the Jewish peoples struggles the director asked me if I was Jewish. I looked at him and said, "No" and moving my hands around quite fast said, "but I can make all the motions." The entire crew just howled.

WORKING WITH WILL ROGERS
I had made several movies with Mr. Rogers, and he was wonderful to me. My mother said that he was very fond of me, and he used me whenever there was a part for a little girl in his films. When we finished one of the films, the casting director came over to my mother and me and said thank you, but that it was a shame that Lassie Lou isn't a blonde as Mr. Rogers next movie required that his child be a blonde. Just at that minute, Mr. Rogers came up and heard what the casting director had said. He grabbed his chest, in a very dramatic way, and said "Nobody told me the wig department burned down." Consequently, a very lovely blonde wig was fitted on my head and I made his next movie. Bravo!! Mr. Rogers.

Lassie Lou took early retirement in 2005, at the young age of 85, and moved from Los Angeles, CA to Prescott Valley, AZ. She is enjoying her retirement, her family and having a ball with the "Red Hat" ladies.

Special thanks to Lassie Lou Ahern and Cary & Carol Brent for all the great photos & information!


You can write to Lassie Lou Ahern in care of her family and they will see she receives her fan mail.

Lassie Lou Ahern
8049 N. Sage Vista
Prescott, AZ 86315


DEAR FRIENDS & FANS OF LASSIE LOU AHERN
12/16/2014


Lassie would like all of you to know that she is in the hospital with a broken shoulder.
You all mean so much to her and she wanted you to let you know that she will be unable to send out Holiday Greeting Cards this year.

It was very important to her to send a message out to her friends & fans!
She wishes you all a Very Happy Holiday Season!
Sending lots of love!
From LASSIE LOU AHERN


Lassie Lou modeling silk Pajamas (1927)

Lassie Lou Classics clothing line "Scarf from Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1928)
Photo courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collections

Lassie Lou in a hand-painted scarf decorated with her own portrait and a picture of Uncle Tom's Cabin as a tribute to her work in the film. (1928)

Lassie Lou (c1921-22)

Peggy & Lassie Lou Ahern (c1921-22)

Call of the Wild (1923)
L-R: Buck the dog, Peggy Ahern, Lassie Lou Ahern, Maurice Murphy, Jack Murphy

Call of the Wild (1923)
Peggy Ahern is on the left and Lassie Lou Ahern is standing on the chair. I believe the little boy is Maurice Murphy.

Lassie Lou modeling for newspaper (1922)

Unknown movie with Will Rogers (c1922)
Lassie remembers in this film Will Rogers has a dream and marries a bareback rider and she plays one of his children

Lassie Lou in a blonde wig for a Will Rogers movie. (1922)

Lassie Lou with Will Rogers (1923)
She made 5 movies with him, but does not have the names of all the movies.

Peggy and Lassie Lou Ahern with Will Rogers (1923)

Lassie Lou Ahern, Jackie Condon & Peggy Ahern (1923)

Lassie Lou & Jackie Condon (1923)

Charley Chase Comedy (1924)
Lassie Lou appeared in several of the Charley Chase Comedies. She played his little girl.

Charley Chase Comedy (1924)

Charley Chase Comedy "Sweet Daddy" (1924)

Charley Chase Comedy "Sweet Daddy" (1924)

Helen Holmes Serial (1924)

Helen Holmes Serial (1924)

Helen Holmes Serial (1924)

Helen Holmes Serial (1924)

Helen Holmes Serial (1924)

Helen Holmes Serial (1924)

Helen Holmes Serial (1924)

Helen Holmes Serial (1924)

Helen Holmes Serial (1924)

Helen Holmes Serial (1924)

Lassie Lou portrait by Evansmith (1924)

"Robes of Sin" aka "The Roaring Forties" (1924)

"Robes of Sin" aka "The Roaring Forties" (1924)

"Robes of Sin" aka "The Roaring Forties" (1924)

"Fast Company" Our Gang (1924)

"Fast Company" Our Gang (1924)

"Fast Company" Our Gang (1924)
Lassie Lou & Mickey Daniels

"Fast Company" Our Gang (1924)
Lassie Lou & Mickey Daniels

"Fast Company" Our Gang (1924)
Lassie Lou & Mickey Daniels

Lassie Lou & Peggy 1924 Casting Directory Listing

"Jubilo, Jr." Our Gang (1924)

Lassie Lou & Peggy Ahern
Casting Directory Listing (May 1925)

Lassie Lou & Peggy Ahern
Casting Directory Listing (1925)

Lassie Lou with a doll

Jewelry advertisment (1925)

Charley Chase Comedy
The Family Entrance (1925)

Charley Chase Comedy
The Family Entrance (1925)

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927)
Lassie Lou started filming this movie in 1925.

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927)

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927)

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927)

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927)

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927)

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927)

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927)

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927)

Lassie Lou & Frankie Darro
"Little Mickey Grogan" (1927)

Lassie Lou & Frankie Darro
"Little Mickey Grogan" (1927)

Lassie Lou & Frankie Darro
"Little Mickey Grogan" (1927)

Lassie Lou & Frankie Darro
"Little Mickey Grogan" (1927)

"Surrender" (1927)

"Surrender" (1927)

"Surrender" (1927)

"Lassie Lou Classics" Clothing Line (1928)

"Lassie Lou Classics" Clothing Line (1928)

"Lassie Lou Classics" Clothing Line (1928)

"Lassie Lou Classics" Clothing Line (1928)

"Lassie Lou Classics" Clothing Line (1928)

"Lassie Lou Classics" Clothing Line (1928)

"Lassie Lou Classics" Clothing Line (1928)

"Lassie Lou Classics" Clothing Line (1928)

"Lassie Lou Classics" Clothing Line (1928)

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Sun Down Unlimited" (1924)
Our Gang

"The Dark Angel" (1925)
Flower girls are Lassie Lou, Betsy Ann Hisle, and Virginia Davis.

"Thundering Fleas" (1926)
Our Gang

"Thundering Fleas" (1926)
Our Gang

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" Cast (1927)

Peggy & Lassie Lou Ahern
Personal Appearance (1928)

Peggy & Lassie Lou Ahern
Modeling Jean Carol Frocks (1928-1929)

Peggy & Lassie Lou Ahern
Modeling Jean Carol Frocks (1928-1929)

Peggy & Lassie Lou Ahern
Modeling (1928-1929)

From 1932-1939, Lassie Lou & Peggy Ahern traveled around the country performing billed as the "Ahern Sisters."

From 1932-1939, Lassie Lou & Peggy Ahern traveled around the country performing billed as the "Ahern Sisters."

From 1932-1939, Lassie Lou & Peggy Ahern traveled around the country performing billed as the "Ahern Sisters."

From 1932-1939, Lassie Lou & Peggy Ahern traveled around the country performing billed as the "Ahern Sisters."

From 1932-1939, Lassie Lou & Peggy Ahern traveled around the country performing billed as the "Ahern Sisters."

From 1932-1939, Lassie Lou & Peggy Ahern traveled around the country performing billed as the "Ahern Sisters."

From 1932-1939, Lassie Lou & Peggy Ahern traveled around the country performing billed as the "Ahern Sisters."

Lassie Lou (1939)

Lassie Lou & Peggy in an unknown film with Jean Parker and an all girl orchestra.

Lassie Lou 1960's acting photos

Lassie Lou 1960's acting headshot

Lassie Lou and Peggy Ahern 1990's

Lassie Lou with son Cary and daughter-in-law Carol (1990)

Lassie Lou with sons John and Cary (1990)

Daughter Debra & Granddaughter Hayley Hood

Spokane Daily Chronicle (10/14/1929)

Ogden Standard Examiner (10/20/1929)

Salt Lake Tribune (10/22/1929)

Oakland Tribune (10/25/1928)

Laredo Times (3/3/1929)

Corsicana Daily Sun (2/1/1929)

Ogden Standard Examiner (10/20/1929)

Daily Courier Part 1 (10/30/2011)
Memories of a Child Star

Daily Courier Part 2 (10/30/2011)
Memories of a Child Star


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