Shirley Rickert (March 25, 1926 – February 6, 2009) was an American child actress who was briefly the “blonde girl” for the Our Gang series in 1931, during the Hal Roach talkie period. Shirley Rickert’s most notable appearances were in the films Love Business and Bargain Day, in which her spit-curls were the centerpiece of her precocious performance. After Rickert left the Our Gang series, she had a brief movie career, followed by a string of jobs including driving trucks for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Miss Rickert performed as an uncredited dancer in “Royal Wedding” and “Singin’ in the Rain”. In the 1950s, she was a stripper, billing herself as “Gilda and Her Crowning Glory”, though she was to comment that television commercials of today show more flesh than she ever did. In the 1970s, while living in Connecticut, she started a career as a traveling industrial hardware saleswoman, and was frequently to use her “Shirley Jean” character to gain entre. Late in life, she performed in local theater productions, helped maintain a Web site for her fans and occasionally appeared at film festivals and conventions. She also sold her crafts at a local shop with her daughter’s family. Shirley Rickert died in a nursing home on February 6, 2009 after a long illness.
- March, 25, 1926
- Seattle, Washington
- February, 06, 2009
- Saratoga Springs, New York
- Body donated to medical science