Splits part II
- "Confessions of a Sour Grapes Messenger
- She was known as "Charley" on the Banana Splits
and Friends Show.
- I've had the greatest pleasure getting E-mail from
people who've played characters on Hanna Barbara TV shows. One
I've received recently
- was from Sheri Freedman who played Charley, the
"Sour Grapes Messenger Girl" on the Banana Splits Show in 1968.
Her name as a child was Shirley Hillstrom. There were four other
girls who played the part of Charley but none as memorable as
Shirley. Here is a really nice letter I'd like to share with all
you Banana Splits fans out there surfing the net.
- Her letter reads as follows:
Truly, I wasn't kidding about that being my 15 minutes of fame!
Before I got the Hanna Barbera gig, I did a bit in a Armor Star
Hog Dog commercial with a bunch of kids singing the song and
playing on some weird props munching hot dogs. Now for the fun
stuff.... I was taking classes at a dance studio, when they got
info about a Hanna Barbera audition, and the owner suggested that
my mom take me. To prepare myself, my older sister who was at one
time a professional dancer herself, showed me all the latest
moves....The Pony, the Swim, etc. So I went on this "cattle call"
with girls from different dance studios all over L.A. and I made
Then I went on an individual audition. I remember
being told to go into this room, and there was a man (some head
honcho) sitting in a chair that I was to dance up to. I did the
"Skate" and I remember smiling a lot, and I remember he was
grinning away. I must have charmed him 'cause I got the job. On
the set, to me, everything looked really big! The Banana split
characters costumes looked massive and I do remember comments
about how hot they were! The actors were really nice. Especially
Danny. He seemed to be the friendliest, and was easiest to pal
around with, and he was sooo cute! All us little girls would start
giggling and whispering when he showed up! All the girls were
really nice too. I'm desperately trying to find the cut out from
the TV guide with everybody's names on it. I remember Monica and I
think there was a Julie. She may have been the one who was a year
or two older. She was so pretty, I thought she should be a model!
I don't remember the choreographer's name, but he worked real well
with us kids. He was patient and made it so much fun! He was a
tall thin black guy that epitomized the term "Groovy baby!" I seem
to remember striped bell bottoms, sideburns, and a "pork-pie" hat!
(a style of hat that was very popular with jazz musicians, very
real funny vivid memory was him showing us the move to put the
"cherries" on top during the Banana Splits dance. The way he
wriggled his shoulders and butt was so funny! We were all trying
so hard to imitate it! When they were filming all us girls and
characters doing the B. S. dance, at some point one of the guys,
Snorky maybe, bumped into me and almost knocked me down! The
director shouted "keep dancing Shirley!" Oh, I did! We had some
drama on the set one day. The characters were filming, and after
the director yelled "cut", Snorky immediately took the top of his
costume off and he was bleeding from the head big time!
Apparently, a huge wire from inside the suit snapped and put a
huge gash in his forehead! Well, apart from tending to his wound
everyone was praising him for not stopping the shoot! I remember
people patting him on the back, and someone shouting, "now that's
a professional!" over and over. It made a big impression on me!
Between you and me, (giggle) I was also just fascinated how much
the grown ups were fussing over him! I've since realized it was my
first lesson in "kissing ass"! He did deserve it though!
for the short skirt? Hey! It was the year of the "micro-mini!"
Yep, I'm not making it up! Also, once and for all! I was just the
messenger girl!! I was not an actual evil Sour Grape! Okay, I
confess, I did work for those no gooders...but do you know what
hell I went through defending my good name?!!
- Well, there ya go! Again, the details are for your
enjoyment, I continued to enjoy music and dance all through high
school. Shortly afterwards, I raised a family. I have two boys.
Shaun 18 and Scotty 7. I'm a stay at home mom involved in the
little one's school, Boy Scouts, and sports. The whole Donna Reed
thing. My older son just passed the test (with flying colors I
might add) to join the Marines, and his goal is to become a police
officer. My personal passions are playing piano, studying
religious history and philosophy, (I love Dennis Prager, I have
many of his books and CD Rom and get his newsletter.) and being a
music lover, I'm huge James Horner fan, I've loved him since
Braveheart and was so thrilled when he won the Oscar for Titanic!
I own 35 of his CDs (so far).
Thank You so very much Sheri for the wonderful insights to the Banana
Splits show !!
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