Longtime Friend of the Burroughs Family
Actress ~ Songwriter ~ Espionage Agent ~ Realtor
John Coleman Burroughs Biography
Edgar Rice Burroughs: The War Years
Florence Gilbert Burroughs Biography
Born: March 6, 1914 Oklahoma City, OK
Died: January 17, 1972 Palm Desert, CA (pneumonia)
Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)
Harold Thompson (1939-1947) (divorced):
WWII Naval officer who became a Disney Studios story editor
Richard Hyler (1948-1950) (divorced): A Los Angeles Times sports writer
Charles Burst (?-?) (divorced): A businessman
Robert L. Mindell (1963-1971) (divorced): Hotel Executive
A longtime friend of the Burroughs family was Rochelle Hudson, a movie starlet at 13. Since she lived near Ventura Boulevard, she was often given a ride to school by Jack and Hulbert. Snubbed by most of her schoolmates because of her fame as a movie star, she became a good friend of the Burroughs family and even took vacation trips with them.On one occasion, sixteen-year-old Jack drove Rochelle and her mother on a trip to Oklahoma City.
While in Hawaii during the war, Ed Burroughs often visited
Rochelle and her naval officer husband Hal Thompson. By that time Rochelle
had worked for many years in film. (The Bosko series, Mr. Moto, Curly
Top, Boston Blackie, Rebel Without A Cause [later in the '50s]). Rochelle's
film career was interrupted during the coming war years when she worked
for the Naval Intelligence Service in Central and South American and Mexico.
Born: 6 March 1916, Oklahoma City
Rochelle Hudson - Actress and Songwriter
From 1929-1967 she worked with:
Bruce Cabot (Herman Brix)
See Wild boys of the Road clip saved
Ref: Find-a-Grave Site
Actress and voice-over artist. Died aged 55 of Pneumonia. Appeared in Les Miserables (1935), Curly Top (1935) co-starring with Shirley Temple, and played Natalie Wood's mother in Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
Burial: Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Ref: ERB: The War Years - 1941
Jungle Girl was released as a 15-part Republic serial starring Frances Gifford. Ed's friend Rochelle Hudson had hoped to get the role. Rochelle starred in many films including: Savage Girl (1932), Girls Under Twenty-One, Men Without Souls, and Island of Doomed Men.
Ref: ERBzine: The Florence Gilbert Burroughs Bio
After a few months of beachcomber style existence at Kailua, Ed wrote friend Bert Weston that Florence was discouraged with the cost-saving measures, as well as the remoteness and condition of the house with its rats, bugs and scorpions. Ed maintained a daily writing schedule in his makeshift garage office but he and Florence still attended regular evening social affairs with friends - including many film people such as John Halliday and Janet Gaynor. Special friends were naval officer Hal Thompson and his wife, longtime family friend, Rochelle Hudson. Rochelle's film career was interrupted during the coming war years when she worked for the Naval Intelligence Service in Central and South American and Mexico.
Ref: ERB Bio 1930
February 26: Ed buys two new side mirrors for the Cord (now part of the Danton Burroughs Collection) ~ Rochelle Hudson visits ~ rides with Hully and then he and Emma go to Phil's for bridge.
Ref: ERB Bio 1940s
1940: December 5: Ed is flown to Canton Island and on to New Caledonia where he meets naval lieutenant Hal Thompson - Rochelle Hudson's husband.
1943: January 10: ERB returns to New Caledonia and checks into the Grand Hotel du Pacifique where he was glad to see old friend, navy Lt. Hal Thompson, husband of family friend Rochelle Hudson.
Ref: September 23, 1944 Letter to Joan
I have not been behaving very well lately. Two or three Marines from Saipan have been making my room their headquarters when they come in town from the hospital (they are all casualties). They have brought in half a dozen bottles of Bourbon and a couple of cases of beer, and they come in and make whoopie. One of them is Capt. Don Jackson, a friend of Rochelle and Hal Thompson. I met him through Hal down in Noumea. When his division was in rest camp on one of the other islands here after Tarawa I saw quite a little of him when he got leave to come to Oahu. They have to be back in the hospital by 9:50 every night - thank God! But I like them.
Ref: War Years Letters: September 2, 1941
Some day! A letter from you. Hulbert. Jack, Ralph. Rochelle Hudson, Caryl Lee and a birthday card from Esther and Paul Speyer. That's an idiotic science for a literatus to evolve, but you will gather at what I was driving - I got six letters and a greeting card.
Ref: Lee Chase Interview
Your mother starred in a film called The Johnstown Flood.
LEE: Yes, I guess you could call her the star of that film. That was also the film that introduced Janet Gaynor, who was a good friend of mother. She had all kinds of friends in the business, Rochelle Hudson and Mary Martin, others that I can remember back before the War. That was one of her last pictures. Uncle Eddie got me a copy of that and a couple other of her films. She did twenty or thirty films, all of them silent.
1937: American actress Rochelle Hudson (1914 - 1972) is a modern version of Victorian elegance in this cellophane lace negligee, posed over ice-green satin and decorated at the shoulders with pink ostrich feathers. The dress was designed by Eerschel for the film 'Born Reckless'. Title: Born Reckless Studio: TCF Director: Malcolm St Clair (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1937: American leading lady Rochelle Hudson (1914 - 1972) wearing a floral print dress and white fox cape designed by Hershel for the 20th Century Fox picture 'Born Reckless'. The film was directed by Malcolm St Clair for 20th Century Fox. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Hollywood 1387; 1930s; One-Piece Frock and Cape.
One-piece frock and cape in either of two length.
The skirt has a sectional front panel and
joins the blouse under a belt or soft girdle.
Soft pleats radiate from the neck which has a shaped turn-over collar,
and very short sleeves.
The collarless cape is darted at the broad shoulders and
may be either of two lengths.
Featuring Rochelle Hudson of 20th Century Fox on the front cover.
Two styles of blouse, a tuck-in shirt-waist,
and a waistcoat style.
Shirt-waist blouse is gathered at the shoulder yoke in front,
and has an inverted pleat below the yoke in back.
Shirt collar, patch pocket and long or short sleeves.
Waistcoat is dart-fitted front and back,
has a shirt collar, half belt, and short sleeves.
ERB wrote the poem, "The Wampas" for the Western Associated Motion Picture Advertisers group attending a Breakfast Club meeting. Ed wrote numerous other poems around this time. The Wampas were an honourary group of up-and-coming starlets chosen by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers. Rochelle Hudson, longtime friend of the Burroughs family was chosen to be the WAMPAS Baby Star of 1931. Previous Wampas Stars included Tarzan Film actresses Louise Lorraine (1922), Natalie Kingston (1927) and later Eleanor Holm (1932) and Jacqueline Wells (1934).
Rochelle Hudson, (1916.03.06: Oklahoma City - 1972.01.17: Palm Desert CA) was a movie starlet at age 13. Since she lived near Ventura Boulevard, she was often given a ride to school by Jack and Hulbert. Snubbed by most of her schoolmates because of her fame as a movie star, she became a good friend of the Burroughs family and even took vacation trips with them. On one occasion, sixteen-year-old Jack drove Rochelle and her mother on a trip to Oklahoma City.
While in Hawaii during the war, Ed Burroughs often visited Rochelle and her naval officer husband Hal Thompson. By that time Rochelle had worked for many years in film with titles that include The Bosko series, Mr. Moto, Curly Top, Boston Blackie, Savage Girl, etc. (Later, in 1955 she played Natalie Wood's mother in Rebel Without a Cause). Rochelle's film career was interrupted during the coming war years when she worked for the Naval Intelligence Service in Central and South American and Mexico. She assisted her husband Harold Thompson in doing espionage work in Mexico as a civilian to detect if there were any German activities in these areas. One of their more successful "vacations" uncovered a supply of high test aviation gas hidden by German agents in Baja.
The Rochelle Hudson - Burroughs Family Connection
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