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Cammie King Conlon, with Clark Gable, in "Gone With the Wind." (Courtesy Photo)
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cammie King Conlon Actress

Cammie King Conlon, 76, who jokingly lamented that she was famous for an experience she barely remembered -- portraying Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler's ill-fated young daughter in the film "Gone With the Wind" -- died Sept. 1 of cancer at her home in Fort Bragg, Calif.

At 4, she was cast as Bonnie Blue Butler for her resemblance to her film-screen parents -- Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable -- but her memories of making the epic 1939 Civil War saga were vague, more like "snapshots," she often said.

She also recalled how director Victor Fleming had lectured her to remember her lines. He said, "Cammie, I have a daughter your age and all these men here have families, too, that depend on them to work here. They need to feed those children. But if you don't say your lines, they can't work,' " she told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in 1998.

Mrs. Conlon -- born Eleanore Cammack King and billed as Cammie King in the movie -- said she never flubbed another line.

As an adult, she appeared regularly with other actors from "Gone With the Wind" at retrospectives and events honoring the movie. After "Gone With the Wind," she had one more role, voicing Faline, who frolics with the title character in another classic, the 1942 Disney film "Bambi."

She had a long public-relations career that included working for the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Schimmel Comedian

Standup comic Robert Schimmel, a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio show, died Sept. 3 in a Phoenix hospital after suffering serious injuries in a car crash. He was 60.

Mr. Schimmel was a passenger Aug. 26 in a car driven by his 19-year-old daughter, Aliyah, who was hospitalized in stable condition. His 11-year-old son survived the accident in good condition.

Mr. Schimmel, who lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a frequent guest on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and on Howard Stern's radio show. He starred in a Fox sitcom that was picked up in 2000 but had to be canceled after he learned he had cancer and needed to begin chemotherapy immediately, according to his Web site.

Mr. Schimmel, who was born in New York and was the son of Holocaust survivors, modeled his humor after such comic legends as Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Richard Pryor. His provocative, sexually explicit comedy style was often too graphic for network television.

His 2008 memoir, "Cancer on $5 a Day," chronicled his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He also suffered a heart attack in 1998 and lost a son to cancer.

Mr. Schimmel recently had a Showtime special called "Life Since Then," which combined his experiences with comedy and sought to raise cancer awareness.

-- From news services


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