Years active 1923–1975
|Name Lassie Ahern|
|Born June 25, 1920 (age 95) (1920-06-25) Los Angeles, California, United States|
Movies The Call of the Wild, His Wooden Wedding
Similar People Peggy Ahern, Jean Darling, Diana Serra Cary, Leo McCarey
American actress Lassie Lou Ahern Died at 97
Lassie Lou Ahern (born June 25, 1920) is an American actress.
Born in 1920 into a family of four in Los Angeles, California, Ahern got her acting career started in 1923 in the silent film The Call of the Wild, produced by Hal Roach. Also making her first screen appearance was her older sister Peggy Ahern. It was the actor Will Rogers who recommended that Ahern's father put Ahern and her sister in show business. She went on appearing in many Our Gang films under the Hal Roach Studio, including Cradle Robbers, and is, as of 2015, one of the last surviving Our Gang members.
In 1927, another studio, Universal Studios, was in the process of making Uncle Tom's Cabin. Not satisfied with the boys who auditioned for the role as Little Harry, Lassie Lou Ahern was contacted and requested to take the part. Her acting in the film turned out to be a success and she won the best reviews of her career. Despite this, her career as a child actress ended the same year, with Little Mickey Grogan being her last silent film and her only movie to feature her in a starring role (alongside Frankie Darro). A crowdfunding campaign was started in 2016 to finance a restoration project for the film, following a similar campaign in 2015 to acquire a digital copy of Little Mickey Grogan in Paris.
In 1932, she teamed up with her sister Peggy and started putting up performances that included dancing, singing, and playing instruments. The duo was billed as "The Ahern Sisters" and mostly appeared in nightclubs and hotels. Lassie later went on to work as a dance teacher at the Ashram Health Spa, where many known stars were students. During the 1970s, she made several guest appearances in television shows such as The Odd Couple.