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George Foghorn Winslow, Famous Child Actor From the '50s, Dies at 69

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 03:19 PM

George "Foghorn" Winslow, who starred alongside Marilyn Monroe as a child actor in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," died June 13 of a heart attack at his home in Camp Meeker, California. He was 69.

While known better by his stage name, George Karl Wentzlaff appeared in 10 films during the 1950s, but left the acting world at age 12, The Press Democrat reported. He went on to work at the U.S. Postal Service after serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

His raspy voice as a child earned him the nickname "Foghorn," and his first show business appearance was on Art Linkletter's radio show "People Are Funny," where his voice and comedic timing earned him much airtime.

Iconic actor Cary Grant heard one of the radio shows and soon arranged a meeting with director Norman Taurog, which led to Winslow playing a part in Grant's 1952 film "Room for One More," where he was given the George Winslow stage name.

According to the entertainment website IMDb.com, Wentzlaff appeared with Grant again in "Monkey Business" before starring as Monroe's young admirer Henry Spofford III in 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

"Little George Winslow's big voice in a little body provides a comedy contrast to Miss Monroe's little girl voice in a big girl's body for his two scenes with her," wrote Variety's William Brogdon in his 1953 review of the movie.

Wentzlaff also appeared in television episodes of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," "Blondie," and "Dear Phoebe."

Fans of Winslow passed along their condolences on social media.





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George "Foghorn" Winslow, who starred alongside Marilyn Monroe as a child actor in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," died June 13 of a heart attack at his home in Camp Meeker, California. He was 69.
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