OFFBEAT: Dennis the Menace joins child stars for Chicago reunion next week

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-08-30T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Dennis the Menace joins child stars for Chicago reunion next weekBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

The child stars of TV, movies and music of Hollywood yesteryear could lend some valued advice to Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Angus T. Jones (the troubled man-boy recently fired from the CBS series "Two and A Half Men") and all the rest.

The best place to get the real scoop and see crowds of celebrities together for up-close interaction, autographs and photos is the Chicago Hollywood Celebrity Show.

It's next weekend and actually, a little north of Chicago in Rosemont at the Hilton Rosemont Hotel Ballroom, 5550 N. River Road at O'Hare Airport.

It's from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, and there are plenty of new famous faces who have never attended before making the trek to the Windy City to greet fans.

Remember, the stars do charge a fee for autographs and photos.

For this weekend's gathering, the organizers have even assembled a reunion of sorts for some famous real-life celebrity siblings, as well as favorite child star cast mates from popular TV series of decades past.

Kristy McNichol, 50, shot to fame on the drama series "Family," playing Buddy, the youngest of the Lawrence TV siblings, while her older brother Jimmy McNichol, was the teen face of the 1970s, having appeared in more than 60 TV commercials between 1967 to 1973. Both are attending next weekend, and will be joined by actress sisters Judy Landers, 54 and Audrey Landers, 57 and also real-life AND TV brothers Barry Livingston, 59, who played Ernie on "My Three Sons" and Stanley Livingston, 62, who played older brother Chip.

Also at this year's gathering, will be Jay North, 62, who played the title character on "Dennis the Menace" and actress Jeannie Russell, 62, who played his red-haired foil with the banana curls, Margaret. (Russell, who now works as a chiropractor, got the child star role when she was personally chosen by North, who was permitted by producers to make the casting decision for his co-star.) Erin Murphy, 49, who played Tabitha the tiny toddler witch daughter of late Elizabeth Montgomery's character on "Bewitched," is also attending this year, as is actor Greg Evigan, 59, who starred in the two hit shows "B.J. and the Bear" and "My Two Dads." Singer Debbie Gibson, 43, actor Johnny Crawford, 67, who starred with Chuck Connors on ABC's "The Rifleman," joined by actresses Kathy Garver, 67, who played Cissy on "Family Affair" and Mackenzie Phillips, 53, of "One Day at a Time," all attending, among others.

Barbara Eden, 79 and her co-star Bill Daily (who celebrates his 86th birthday today!) known for playing astronaut Roger Healey on "I Dream of Jeannie" and later playing airline pilot Howard Borden on "The Bob Newhart Show," are also reuniting and attending the show together to meet fans.

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