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date: 14 April 2021

Parsons, Harriet Oettingerlocked

(23 Aug. 1906–2 Jan. 1983)
  • J. E. Smyth


Parsons, Harriet Oettinger (23 Aug. 1906–2 Jan. 1983), journalist, filmmaker, and producer, was born in Burlington, Iowa, the only child of famed Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons and John Dement Parsons, a real estate salesman. When her parents’ marriage fell apart, she and her mother moved to Chicago. While Louella Parsons wrote scripts for Essanay Studios, Harriet was molded into a child star, “Baby Parsons,” and appeared in two films written by her mother, ...

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