Talk To The Real 'Gidget'

Talk To The Real 'Gidget'

Kathy Kohner was the inspiration for "Gidget," written by her… (Handout )

A documentary about the teenage girl who inspired her father to write the legendary novel "Gidget" will be shown this weekend in Southbury.

"Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story" is about Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, who lived in Malibu with her parents when she fell in with a bunch of surfers on the beach. Her father, Frederick Kohner, wrote "Gidget," an idealized story of a teen-girl surfer. It was made into the even more idealized movie "Gidget," which popularized California surf culture all over the world.

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