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Title
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
Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes.
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.
Barbara is pictured standing in a doorway holding a cigarette. She is in court facing narcotics charges. Photograph dated May 29, 1958.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00110858
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 5139
CARL0005358983
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/32469
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
Women--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Evening Herald Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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