|Also Known As:
Rochelle Elizabeth Hudson
||Died: || January 17, 1972
|Born: || March 6, 1914
||Cause of Death: || pneumonia and liver disease
|| Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
actor, real estate broker
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By age six was performing in local church pageants
Moved with family to California after father's nervous breakdown
Remained in California after parents divorce
Made screen test at Fox; signed to six-month contract, although she never made a film
Offered two-year contract with RKO
Film debut in "Laugh and Get Rich"
Named a Wampas Baby Star
Cast in "She Done Him Wrong", starring Mae West and Cary Grant
Played Shirley Temple's older sister in "Curly Top"
Retained by Darryl Zanuck when Twentieth Century-Fox was formed
Toured in vaudeville
During WWII, worked for US Naval Intelligence with then-husband Harold Thompson
Moved to Canada with Thompson
Returned to the USA
TV debut in episode of "Racket Squad"
Was series regular on "That's My Boy"
Cast as Natalie Wood's mother in "Rebel Without a Cause"
"Retired" from acting and moved to a ranch in Arizona
Resumed her career in "Straight Jacket" and in TV guest appearances
Final film "Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors"
Became partner with her mother in real estate ventures
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Ernest Belcher Academy:
Hollywood , California
Harold Thompson. Reserve officer, story editor. Married in 1939; during WWII they worked together for Naval Intelligence; moved to Canada in 1945; divorced in 1947.
Richard Hyler. Sportswriter. Worked for LOS ANGELES TIMES; married in 1948; divorced in 1950.
Charles Brust. Businessman. Married c. 1955; divorced.
Robert Mindell. Hotel executive. Married in 1963; divorced in 1971.
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Ollie Lee Hudson. Rancher; state worker. Descendant of British explorer Henry Hudson; suffered emotional breakdown in 1927; family moved to California; divorced from Hudson's mother c. 1928; moved to Kansas.
Mae Goddard. Real estate developer. Divorced from Hudson's father c. 1928; survived her.