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Title
Weeping defendant Barbara Burns
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1958
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Photograph was edited for publication purposes and has small white spots in various places.
Barbara Burns was the daughter of famed American comedian Robin "Bob" Burns. He was a musical comedian appearing on radio and in movies in the 1930s and 1940s, and also wrote a homey newspaper column from 1936-1940. Burns invented a novelty musical instrument which he called a "bazooka." During World War II, the Army's handheld anti-tank rocket launcher, also known as "stovepipe" was nicknamed the "bazooka." He had four children and died in 1956. Barbara Burns was a troubled teenager who began using hard drugs by the time she was eighteen. She attempted suicide several times and finally died of an overdose in January 1962.
Photograph caption dated June 5, 1958 reads "Charges police promised immunity for her if she would implicate David Mack in narcotics case." Burns is sitting next to her attorney dabbing one eye with a handkerchief. Mack and Burns were married the previous April. Both were facing narcotics charges.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00110859
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 5139
CARL0005358984
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/32479
Subject
Burns, Bob,--1890-1956--Family
Burns, Bob,--1890-1956--Family--Trials, litigation, etc
Children of celebrities--United States
Crime--California--Los Angeles
Criminals--California--Los Angeles
Narcotic habit--California--Los Angeles
Drug abuse--California--Los Angeles
Lawyers--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Evening Herald Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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