Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story

“Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story,” is a one- hour documentary, (world premiere October 8, 2006, at the Malibu Celebration of Film festival) narrated by Jorja Fox (“CSI”) and produced by Brian L. Gillogly and Master Communication.

The project explores the largely untold story of the real “Gidget,” Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, and how her account of surfing Malibu in the mid-50’s became the basis for a best-selling novel by her father Frederick Kohner. A half century later, “Gidget” is celebrated as an enduring Hollywood movie/TV franchise and a slice of Americana, with considerable impact on popular culture and the sport of surfing.

Surf legends and present-day “surfer girls” set the stage and take the Gidget story full circle. Prominent actors, writers and directors, many of whom brought Gidget to the big and small screen, provide an often enlightening behind-the-scenes perspective. Some of them include:

Sally Field-Oscar winning actor (TV’s “Gidget”)
Cliff Robertson-Oscar winning actor (“Kahuna”)
James Darren-Actor/Singer (“Moondoggie”)
Gregory Harrison- Actor (“Ed,” “North Shore”)
Caryn Richman-Actor (“The New Gidget” TV series)
Paul Wendkos-Prolific director ( “Gidget,” “Gidget Goes Hawaiian”)
Layne Beachly-Five-time World Surf Champion
Summer Romero-Current Women’s Longboard Surf Champion
Jericho Poppler Bartlow-Former US Surf Champion
Kassia Meador-Top Longboard Surfer/Roxy Model
Belen Kimble-Top Longboard Surfer
Carla Rowland-Malibu Surf Champion
Lance Carson-Surf Legend (”Endless Summer”)
Mike Doyle-Surf Legend/Former US Champion
Mickey Munoz-Surf Legend

Together with Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, a raconteur like her father, they weave an entertaining and ultimately life-affirming true account of a young girl coming of age amongst the waves at Malibu’s fabled Surfrider Beach—and how a somewhat idealized vision of that girl became a true American icon.

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