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Subject: Archive: Lucille “Babe” Brown, Aug. 21, 1992


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Child actress (Farina, in "Our Gang")
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Date Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 04:28:21pm

Lucille “Babe” Brown Barlow (abt. 1918 – 1992) was a child actor. She appeared as both Farina and Baby Lucille (where she got her nickname Babe) in the Our Gang movies in the 1920s. The Our Gang movies were the silent precursors to The Little Rascals movies. She led a colorful life as a young child when she traveled with her mother who was a hula dancer in a carnival. She was placed in an orphanage in California when she was 7, when her mother remarried. It was there that Babe was discovered by producer Hal Roach, who put her in the Our Gang Comedies. The directors of these films had a unique approach to making them. They would film the children after they let them run loose on locations such as department stores and a house with floating sheets which was supposedly haunted. Barlow’s Our Gang job ended after two years.

Later on, Barlow appeared in a handful all-African American films, and performed for many years in various venues such as night clubs and USO camps. She even followed in her mother’s footsteps and joined a circus where she learned to ride the elephants. Babe moved to Buffalo in 1956 where her husband had family. In Buffalo, she became a Blues radio show host for Buffalo’s WBFO.

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Allen Hoskins was Farina. Another Our Gang imposter (NT)NikThursday, August 22, 12:57:09pm


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