Child actress who appeared in Laurel and Hardy's 'Troubles'
Jacquie Lynn (aka Jacquelyn Woll), child actress during the early 1930s whose brief film career lasted less than three years but who will forever be remembered as the waif in Laurel and Hardy’s “Pack Up Your Troubles,” died March 21 of a heart attack at her home in Granada Hills. She was 73.
Born Jacqueline Dufton, she made the most of her brief career by also appearing with Marie Dressler and Little Rascals’ Spanky MacFarland.
She was born in England in 1928 and immigrated to America with her widowed mother in 1930, settling in Brentwood, Calif. At the urging of family friend and cowboy star Tim McCoy, her mother took her to see Hal Roach, who cast her in the Laurel and Hardy movie “Pack Up Your Troubles” and two “Our Gang” comedies. She was even loaned to MGM, where she appeared in “The Strange Love of Molly Luvain” and “Prosperity” starring Marie Dressler.
Her career ended abruptly when her new stepfather asked for monetary considerations that the studio was unwilling to make.
In the early 1990s, she was discovered by Laurel and Hardy fan club the Sons of the Desert and appeared at two of their conventions.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Martin Woll, two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.