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.
Source : http://articles.courant.com/2013-03-04/entertainment/hc-alt-gidget-0307-20130304_1_real-gidget-story-kathy-kohner-zuckerman-frederick-kohner