"Gidget" began as the nickname for Kathy Kohner of Brentwood, California, whose lightly fictionalized life as a teenage surfing neophyte at Malibu in the mid-1950s became a durable pop culture phenomenon—also known as Gidget—branching into books, movies, comics, television, and theater. "It was Gidget," Los Angeles magazine noted in 1994, "along with the Beach Boys, who gave surfing its most memor...

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