Born 1925 as Mildred Gene Kornman in Hollywood, American actress, model, businesswoman, and photographer Ricki VanDusen became an actress at 20th Century Fox after graduating Hollywood High School, albeit only in uncredited roles. She was also a model, featuring in magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and in television commercials. She majored in art, English, and Spanish at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ricki VanDusen in the 1940s
In 2014, Kornman attended a reunion of My Gang cast members, hosted by The Sons of the Desert as part of their 19th International Convention. In 2015, aged 89, she was living on a remote ranch in Utah.
Kornman was one of the final surviving actors from the Our Gang series, which was produced from 1922 to 1944. She died on August 19, 2022, at the age of 97. She was one of the longest lived Our Gang cast members ever.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see portraits of young Ricki VanDusen as a model in the 1940s.
Ricki VanDusen in navy suit with white collar and cuffs worn with veiled navy hat, photo by Horst P. Horst, December 1941
Ricki VanDusen, photo by Richard Miller, circa 1945
Charles James shapes a jacket of black faille on model Ricki VanDusen, photo by Cecil Beaton, Vogue, 1948
Ricki VanDusen has a Gainsborough air in this beautiful floor-length evening dress of powder-beige net with a water-green satin sash and a gently folded fichu by Jane Derby, photo by Serge Balkin, Vogue, May 1, 1948
Ricki VanDusen in a beige linen suit by Mark Mooring and a pale flowered straw cloche both made to order at Bergdorf Goodman, makeup by Revlon, photo by Richard Rutledge, Vogue, April 1, 1948
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