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'Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story'

Sally FieldSandra DeeKaren Valentine

That's "Gidget" as in the beach-loving teenager played by such actresses as Sandra Dee, Sally Field and Karen Valentine at various times over the years.

In real life, the model for Gidget was Kathy Kohner, whose father - writer Frederick Kohner - transferred her experiences into a best-selling book that inspired the original movie, then numerous spinoffs. If you want to know where the name Moondoggie came from, here you go. *** (Not rated)

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