12-Year-Old George Winslow Gives Honest Answer, Ends Career


Once again it is an obituary that brought a smile.

George Winslow, a child actor with a deep, raspy voice and deadpan delivery who made a big move on Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” died on June 14 at his home in Camp Meeker, Calif. He was 69.

It was not his death, of course, that brought about my reaction, but instead the following.

George Winslow retired from show business in 1958, at the age of 12, and no wonder. When his film contract with 20th Century Fox was being approved in 1953, the presiding judge asked him if he liked to act. He answered, “Nope — not a bit.”

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