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Oct 3, 2012 12:27 AM by Jeanette Trompeter

Getting to know Gidget at the Fremont theatre in SLO

The original "Gidget" Kathy Kohner Zuckerman and surfing pioneer Linda Benson will talk about paving the way for women in the surfing world at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Oibpso next Wednesday.

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) is teaming up with the Women's Legacy Fund (WLF) to present the unique evening of film, fun and conversation.

The focus of the event is a new documentary, Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story, which chronicles the true story behind the books, movies and TV shows that made "Gidget" a household name. The original "Gidget", Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, will be in attendance to talk about the challenges and the excitement of inadvertently becoming an inspirational icon for several new generations of female athletes now participating in traditional male sports.


Surfing pioneer and international women's champion, Linda Benson will also attend the event.

Benson won over twenty first place surfing titles from 1959 to 1969, and still found time to act as Annette Funicello's surfing double in the Beach Party films as well as Deborah Walley's surfing double in Gidget Goes Hawaiian. She appeared in Bud Browne and John Severson films, and was featured in the first Surfer Magazine in 1960.

The movie screening is free, with a suggested donation of $15 with proceeds to benefit both organizations.

A meet-and-greet reception will precede the screening, from 5:30 -7:00pm at Luis Wine Bar, 1021 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo. Admissionto the reception is $50 and includes a selection of excellent Central Coast wines, light appetizers, and reserved seating in the Fremont Theatre. Zuckerman will also be signing copies of the original book, "Gidget".

To purchase reception tickets, click here or call (805) 546-3456. These tickets include reserved seating and are limited to 70 guests. Individual movie tickets for the 900-seat Fremont Theatre will be available at the door beginning at 6:30pm. and seats can be reserved by email: sloiff1@yahoo.com.

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