Girl  Evangelists
 
Violet
Van Gundy
(1918-2010)

Violet Van Gundy had two careers as a child performer. When two and a half years’ old, Violet became a regular in the Hal Roach “Our Gang” comedy (later named “The Little Rascals), where she was a member for four years. She also had roles in movies with Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and others, though her presence in these Hollywood productions is now unmentioned in movie or TV sites that list actors.

Her second career as a child performer came at age ten, when she was converted under the preaching of Pentecostal revivalist Aimee Semple McPherson. She and her younger brother Jack became regulars on the revivalist circuit, and later joined Youth for Christ, then under the direction of Billy Graham.

When they became adults, the family purchased a motel and campground complex, where in the restaurant Violet and Jack provided nightly entertainment.


 

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Violet Van Gundy and
Aimee Semple McPherson
Gundy at age 10 (1928)
McPherson frequently featured child evangelists at Angles Temple. The story here is more about Aimee deciding to let her hair grow after having “bobbed” it the previous year—a matter that offended some in her congregation.
[
The San Antonio Light
21 April 1928), 1]