Darla Hood

November 8, 1931 – June 13, 1979

By the ripe old age of 10, Darla Hood had already appeared in more than 45 of the classic Hal Roach Our Gang/Little Rascals shorts. After that, everything else was gravy. Originally from Oklahoma, Darla was discovered in New York by a Roach associate and was immediately shipped off to L.A. where she appeared in her first Our Gang short at just 4 years old. Ostensibly the only girl in the “classic lineup,” Darla often played the “love interest” of one or more of the other Rascals, including – perhaps most famously – Carl Switzer‘s Alfalfa. When she walked away from the series in 1941, Hood went on to find success as a recording artist and singer. She appeared on stage with Edgar Bergen in his famous ventriloquist act and was a regular performer on Merv Griffin‘s television show. She kept busy with guest appearances, stage shows and Our Gang reunions throughout her career. At the age of 47, Hood died unexpectedly due to complications from an appendectomy shortly after losing her second husband.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Light; enter the Sanctuary of Light to the left (south) of the main doors of the mausoleum, Darla is buried in the top row on the right,  about halfway down, just before the side corridor.

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