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Gidget (TV Series 1965–1966) Poster

(1965–1966)

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The edifice used for Lawrence house is on the back lot known as the "Columbia Ranch". Gidget's home is situated next door to the principal residence on Bewitched, which was in production at the same time. In select episodes, Samantha and Darrin Stephens' house is visible in exterior shots from Gidget's front yard.
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Television debut for Sally Field. She auditioned for the role on a lark and was astonished when they offered her the part.
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The title character was based on the author's daughter, Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, and her adventures growing up in the surf culture on the beach at Malibu in the 1950s.
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The series did poorly in the ratings when aired it against hit shows like The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), The Virginian (1962), and Gilligan's Island (1964). ABC cancelled it but then, the series had high ratings during the summer as teens had finally discovered it. ABC considered it too late to renew the series so instead they developed a new series for Sally Field. The result was The Flying Nun (1967) which aired for three seasons.
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Gidget's friends and classmates were often played by actors who appeared in the Beach Party (1963) series, like 'Beverly Adams' and 'Mike Nader', and other movies featuring teens. Joy Harmon and Robert Random co-starred in Village of the Giants (1965), while Bonnie Franklin had a brief role in A Summer Place (1959).
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When the series debuts, the character of Gidget is 15 1/2 years old. Sally Field, who played Gidget, was 18.
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Sally Field and Don Porter had a father/daughter-like relationship off screen as well. Sally was new to professional acting and sometimes made mistakes that caused others to laugh at her. Don not only took time to explain things to her but if he sensed she didn't know something, he would jump in beforehand and help her out so that no one would laugh at her.
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Sally Field and Lynette Winter (Gidget and Larue) became best friends in real life as well as on the show.
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Don Porter reprised his role as Russell Lawrence from Gidget Goes to Rome (1963).
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The original pilot was 30 minutes long and edited down for the series run. The full length pilot was included in the first DVD release of the series in 2006.
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Sally Field admitted in an interview that the hairstyle and clothes she wore on the show were her own style/preference.
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This was preceded by three feature films in which a different actress played the title role in each film. This makes Sally Field the fourth actress to play Gidget.
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