As "Bonnie Blue Butler" in
Gone With the Wind (1939)
|Born||Eleanore Cammack King
August 5, 1934
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||September 1, 2010
Fort Bragg, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City|
Eleanore Cammack "Cammie" King (August 5, 1934 – September 1, 2010) was an American child actress. She is best known for her portrayal of "Bonnie Blue Butler" in Gone with the Wind (1939). She also provided the voice for the doe "Faline" as a fawn in the animated Disney film, Bambi (1942).
Life and career
King was born in Los Angeles, California to Winfred Cammack King (1898-1966) and Eleanore "Helen" Brodie (1905-1990). While her acting career only spanned four years during her childhood, she appeared in two of the biggest movies of the era, Gone with the Wind and Bambi.
Her parents divorced a few years after the filming of Gone With the Wind. Her mother, Eleanore, was a columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner. She was the godchild of Herbert Kalmus, co-founder of Technicolor, and became his stepchild in 1949 when he married her mother.
King graduated from USC with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1956 and went to work as a production assistant on Climax!, a CBS-TV anthology series.
She married Walter "Ned" Pollock in 1957. Together they adopted two children, Matthew and Katharine. Pollock died of cancer in 1968. She then married Michael W Conlon in 1971, and he adopted her two children. She and Conlon divorced in 1975. Her father-in-law from her second marriage, Judd Conlon, was a musical arranger for many Disney films including Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953).
In 1980, she moved to Northern California and had a long public-relations career that included working for the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce. In the early 2000s, King made a guest appearance as a contestant on the TV game show To Tell the Truth, hosted by John O'Hurley. Upon reflecting on her film career, King once joked, "I peaked at 5." She spent 40 years working as a marketing coordinator for the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.
King privately published a small book Bonnie Blue Butler: A Gone With the Wind Memoir in 2009, mainly selling copies directly to fans via personal appearances and the internet. King died on September 1, 2010, at her home in Fort Bragg, California, at age 76, from lung cancer, survived by her two children Matthew Ned Conlon of Chicago and Katie Conlon Byrne of Hawaii.
- 1939: Blondie Meets the Boss — Millie (uncredited)
- 1939: Gone with the Wind — Bonnie Butler
- 1942: Bambi — Young Faline (uncredited)
- 2010: Change in the Wind — Herself - Narrator (voice) (final film role)
- Ancestry.com. Various records on her family and marriages.
- September 03, 2010|By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
- Boone, Christine (2010-09-02). "Actress who played Rhett and Scarlett's daughter dies". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
Conlon, who married twice and had two children, eventually settled north of San Francisco, working as a marketing coordinator for the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.
- Soares, Andre (2010-09-02). "Cammie King Dies: Played Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh's Daughter in GONE WITH THE WIND". Alt Film Guide. Retrieved 2010-09-02.