As an adult, she appeared regularly with other actors from “Gone With the Wind” at retrospectives and events honoring the movie. In a blog promoting her memoir “Bonnie Blue Butler,” Conlon said she was one of 10 surviving cast members. “Whenever she could, she used her fame to raise money for causes,” Lewis said. “She did it in a very light way. She wasn’t full of herself at all.
She was born Eleanore Cammack King on Aug. 5, 1934, in Los Angeles. Her parents divorced around the time “Gone With the Wind” came out. Her mother, Eleanore, was a columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner and in the late 1940s married Herbert Kalmus, a scientist who founded the Technicolor Corp. Conlon graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1956 and went to work as a production assistant on “Climax!” a CBS-TV anthology series.
Her first husband, with whom she had two children, died of cancer. She later remarried but divorced in 1976. In 1980, Conlon moved to Northern California and had a long public-relations career that included working for the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce. After “Gone With the Wind,” she had one more role, voicing Faline, who frolics with the title character in another classic, the 1942 Disney film “Bambi.” “All I really remember is crawling around on the floor of…a sound booth. And probably that was to get me to giggle, because that’s what I mostly do” as the character, Conlon said in 2005 on National Public Radio. Cast in another film in the early 1940s, Conlon came down with chicken pox the day shooting was to begin. “That was the end of my show biz career,” she told The Times in 1967, but she later said her mother had wanted her to have a “normal” childhood. Of her part in one of the greatest films of all time, Conlon liked to say: “I peaked at age 5.”
She is survived by her two children, Matthew Ned Conlon of Chicago and Katie Conlon Byrne of Hawaii, and three grandchildren.
A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at St. Brendan Church, 310 S. Van Ness Ave., Los Angeles.’ Copyright © 2010 Los Angeles Times
The story jogged my memory because I worked in the early 60’s at Rick Spalla Video Productions, on the Samuel Goldwyn Studios lot, with a gal who said she fell from the horse in “Gone with the Wind.” But she said her name was Cammie Pollack. I searched a zillion websites and found nothing referring to Cammie Pollack. But, then, there it was — an obscure website told the story.
‘Cammie King Colon is survived by one son, one daughter and three grandchildren. Her first husband, Ned Pollack died in 1965 and her second marriage to Mr.Conlon ended in a divorce in 1976. She worked for the Mendocino Chamber of Commerce and also started its film commission. Last year she published her book ‘Bonnie Blue Butler: A Gone With The Wind Memoir’.’ Copyright © 2010, Thaindian News