Janice Gero (born 1952)

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Janice Gero was born in 1952. According to her family tree, she married Brandon DeWilde in 1972. They were married until Brandon's death in 1972.
Updated: November 18, 2021
Janice Gero was the second wife of actor Brandon DeWilde who was a child star in the 1950s, appearing in movies such as "Shane" and "The Member of the Wedding." They married on March 25th 1972 just 4 months before Brandon died at age 30 in a car accident. According to his IMDb biography, he was on his way to see Janice at a hospital where she had recently undergone surgery. His camper van struck a parked truck. There was a book written about the couple (see article further down on this page) where Janice was quoted as saying "We were so poor we went to the grocery store and were actually taking bags of beans and were putting them inside our clothes to get something to eat. I never forget it because I had never stolen anything."
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CAMDEN — In the 1980s after moving to Maine from the West Coast, Patrisha McLean and her husband, singer/songwriter Don, would watch movies on a 16mm film projector. They showed each other their favorite movies, Don's being "Shane" and Patrisha's being "The Member of the Wedding." As it turned out, both movies starred the same child actor, Brandon deWilde. "He was so compelling in both movies and we kept surmising what had happened to him," McLean said. Prior to moving to the East Coast, McLean worked as a feature writer for a daily newspaper in Contra Costa County in northern California. "I needed something to do as I was so used to meeting daily deadlines and I had all this creative energy," she said. So she set out to learn more about deWilde and after discovering no books had been written about the boy, she decided to write one. She learned deWilde had a fascinating life and was among the who's who of Hollywood when he was between 8 and 12 years old, "when theater and Hollywood were glamorous," McLean said. The child star won Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Shane." In deWilde's early 20s, he got into the music scene and really became involved in the 1960s psychedelic era, McLean said. He died in a car crash in 1972 at 30 years old. The Camden woman interviewed people who had worked with deWilde, including Paul Newman, and continued to track the boy's life through his childhood friends and relatives. In total, McLean said she interviewed about 75 people, but couldn't locate his second wife — a person McLean said was vital to her book because she had little information on the last two years of deWilde's life. McLean attempted to find the woman by placing ads in Hollywood papers, to no avail. This was in the late 1980s. She then decided to put the manuscript aside for a while. It sat in a drawer at her Camden home for 25 years. McLean's daughter, who is now in college, kept asking her about it. "I had talked to all these people and they gave me their time," McLean said of the interviews all those years ago, so she decided to go ahead with the book. In late 2011, the day before McLean was to send the manuscript to the printers, she got a random email from a priest in Italy. It was in broken English and gave McLean information about how to get in touch with deWilde's second wife. McLean said she was really nervous to talk to the woman but it turned out the couple had such a wonderful love story. "She was so lovely and was surprised (when McLean called) but said she would talk to me," McLean said. The woman, Janice Gero, said she had recently lost her parents in a car crash and taken a job as a stripper to support herself when deWilde met her in a Hollywood club. In the beginning of their marriage both were addicted to drugs, but they decided together to change their lives for the better. "The last year and a half of his life, he got back into acting, off drugs and was in love," McLean said. The couple were married four months before deWilde died. McLean interviewed Gero several times by telephone and she said the two have grown close and are planning to meet in person. The book is dedicated to Gero — for trusting McLean. The book, titled "All Fall Down The Brandon deWilde Story," was printed locally by Maine Authors Publishing and is available at Reading Corner and Hello, Hello in Rockland; and Jane Alden, Owl & Turtle and Sherman's Books in Camden.
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Janice Gero was born in 1952. According to her family tree, she married Brandon DeWilde in 1972. They were married until Brandon's death in 1972.
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In 1952, in the year that Janice Gero was born, on February 6th, George VI of England died from a coronary thrombosis and complications due to lung cancer. His eldest daughter, age 25, immediately ascended the throne as Elizabeth II and her coronation was on June 2 1953.

In 1969, on July 20th, the first men walked on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. both walked on the moon but it was Armstrong who first stepped on the moon. They fulfilled the promise of President Kennedy's commitment in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

In 1974, on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

In 1989, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall fell. The Wall was built by the East Germans to keep East Berliners from escaping into West Berlin, separating families and friends. When the head of the East German Communist Party announced that day that East Berliners could cross whenever they pleased, happy crowds surged across the border. People brought tools and took parts of the hated wall.

In 1997, on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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