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Nickname: Cookie
Played By: Darla Jean Hood (King - her family name in Bear Facts)
Born: November 4, 1931 (ages 4-9)
Relatives: Johnny (father), Mother (unnamed), Wilma (step-mother), Junior (brother)
Clubs: None
First Short: Our Gang Follies Of 1936
Last Short: Wedding Worries


Bio: One of the most instantaneously recognized Rascals, cute and adorable Darla Hood is first introduced in Our Gang Follies Of 1936, a singing revue which Spanky throws for the other kids to earn spending money. Darla plays the piano and apparently loves to sing. She performs the song, "I'll Never Say Never Again." In her first appearances, she has blonde locks, harkening back to Mary Kornman and Jean Darling; but she later goes back to familiar dark hair for which she is best known.
Darla's character is the daughter of James B. Hood, the local dentist, who is also revealed to be the owner of a circus (Bear Facts, in which his last name is stated to be 'King') and seems well-to-do, but not as rich as the family of Waldo. He refers to his wife as "Mother," and later remarries after Darla's mother has passed on (Wedding Worries), and he is often very exasperated by Darla's friends, especially when they stay the night (Night 'N' Gales). Interestingly enough, in Night 'N' Gales, her father's name is Arthur Hood, while in Feed 'Em And Weep, his name is John Hood. Darla also has a younger brother Junior seen in that short.
Darla is a young, gifted singer, appearing in several of Spanky's shows and once nearly on the radio if not for Alfalfa Switzer. Alfalfa considers Darla his girlfriend, and she very much enjoys the attention, but when the gang is taking his attention and he neglects her, she is not reluctant to use Waldo or even Butch to make Alfalfa jealous.