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Biography

Character: Buckwheat/Marmalarde
Birthday: March 19, 1929
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: February 23, 1972
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California
First Short: Birthday Blues
Last Short: For Pete's Sake
Number of Shorts: 4
History: Not much is known about Carlena Beard. She is the real-life younger sister of Matthew Beard, who possibly got her in the series, and Betty Jane Beard, and the older sister of Bobbie Beard and of Rene Beard from Curley. She was first to portray a character named Buckwheat, but she was not the only Buckwheat in the series. The role was later taken over by Willie Mae Taylor , and then William Thomas Jr.. After Our Gang, she became a dancer and traveled for many years as a personal assistant to musician Lionel Hampton. She passed away at the age of forty-two in 1972.

List of Shorts

Other Projects

  • None known

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