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Baltimore comes together for Chubby Chaney headstone
Baltimore comes together for Chubby Chaney headstone

Though Norman Chaney has lain in obscurity for nearly 76 years, thanks largely to the generosity of Baltimore, the child star is getting a headstone. In May fans launched a campaign to raise money to mark the grave of Chaney, a Baltimore native, who won a national contest in 1929 to become "Chubby," the new "fat kid" in the popular film series "Our Gang." Though he quickly won hearts with his round cheeks and charm, Chaney, the son of a Baltimore electrical worker, left after just two seasons, returning to Baltimore, where he went to school, eventually became sickly and died at 21 just as most young people's careers are taking off. He was buried in...

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