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Shirley Jean Rickert as 'Glda' in her Burlesque Years

Stage Name

Birth Name

<------ Gilda, The Golden Girl Shirley Jean Rickert
Gilda and Her Crowning Glory |  Gilda, Hollywood's Golden Goddess | Shirley Jean Measures

   Best remembered for her acting as a child star in the 'Our Gang' comedies as a child star. Shirley's mother entered her in a baby beauty contest when she was just 1 1/2 years of age (which she won) and re-located her family to Hollywood, California to become what she knew would be a future movie star.  

   Upon arriving in California an heading for the studios, Shirley would definitely get into pictures with her first role being in "How's my Baby" in 1930. Shortly after this, she had interviewed with Hal Roach and secured a spot in the "Our Gang Comedies" untill 1931.  The Our Gang Comedies had its first show in

1922 and featured 176 kids throughout its run in 1938 which later became known as "the Little Rascals" on TV. Later Shirley would be in the Mickey Maguire Comedies. When her contract was up she moved to Damoor Studios in Hollywood and started doing musicals as a teenager, mainly as a dancer.

   Shirley wrote; "When they stopped making major musicals in Hollywood, I became a Striptease in Burlesque and traveled all over the US and Canada playing in Burlesque Theatres and nightclubs." She would be known as "Gilda, The Golden Girl," and was trained by the Burlesque Choreographer Lillian Hunt. As Gilda she would be labeled as burlesque's sexiest blonde, she would make more films of the Burlesque type such as the ABC's of Love.

Birth Place

Birth Date



Seattle, Washington 3/25/1926 n/a a daughter
STATS: Measurements: 5'5" | 37-1⁄2"-24-36 | Blonde

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Stock Dance n/a Good Ole Days (Little Rascals Theme)
Chorus Type            

Burlesque Films



ABCs of Love (1953.).. as Gilda
Burly-Q's 2003 - Don't Drink The Water
The Slippery Pearls (1931.)... Herself Minsky's 2003 - Kiss or Make Up




How's my Baby (1930) "The Little Rascals" (1954) Our Gang Paper Dolls (1931)
Helping Grandma (1931)            
Bargain Day (1931)            
Fly My Kite (1931)            
Little Daddy (1931)            
Love Business (1931)            
Love Pains (1932)            
I'll Fix It (1934)            
'Neath the Arizona Skies (1934)            
The Scarlet Letter (1934)            
One Hour Late (1935)            
Straight from the Heart (1935)            
The Drunkard (1935)            
I Live My Life (1935)            
Crash Donovan (1936)            
Five Little Peppers In Trouble (1940)            
Best Foot Forward (1943)            
In Old Oklahoma (1943)            
Meet the People (1944)            
If I'm Lucky (1946)            
Good News (1947)            
Royal Wedding (1951)            
Singin' in the Rain (1952)            

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