Monday, January 01, 2007

Sarah Smiles


NEW YORK POST
December 29, 2006 -- "ANIMAL House" boosted the careers of most of its young stars like John Belushi (Bluto), Kevin Bacon (Chip), Karen Allen (Katy), Tim Matheson (Otter), Tom Hulce (Pinto) and Stephen Furst (Flounder). But one of the brightest, Sarah Holcomb - who at 18 played the mayor's virginal 13-year-old daughter who passes out half-naked in the slovenly Delta frat house - tragically fell off the map. As Chris Miller, who co-wrote the screenplay of the 1978 comedy classic and penned the new book "The Real Animal House," relates to mrskin.com: "She was young, younger than the rest of us. We were a fast crowd. Drugs were everywhere. She fell into what, for lack of a better term, you would have to call bad company. And got [bleeped] up on drugs. Coke, primarily, if memory serves," Miller says. "[She] wound up in some home for [bleeped]-up young girls . . . wound up sort-of erased from life. I don't know what became of her. Sad story." Holcomb only made three more films before vanishing into obscurity after "Caddyshack."



My train had already made it’s final station stop and was pulling into the Stamford train yard when a spotted her; a lonely, pretty, thin blond woman in her mid 20’s. She was still seated in the middle of the train car when I approached her.

“Ma’m,” I said, “Where are you going tonight?”

“Westport.” She said.

“Well…if you’re going to Westport, you should have transferred in Stamford for the train to New Haven.”

She suddenly raised her head and looked around. She finally realized that she was the only passenger left on the train.

“Where are we?” She asked.

“We’re in the train yard in Stamford,”

SHIT! SHIT! SHIT!” She screamed.

“Woo! Calm down.” I said. “It’s no big deal. My shift is over, I’ll just drive you back to the station and you can catch the next train to New Haven from there.”

“When is that?” She asked.

In about an hour.”

The woman began sobbing uncontrollably. She told me that she had to get to Westport station now. She had someone waiting there for her and she couldn’t be late. If I had a cell phone at the time, I would have let her make a call, but this was about 18 years ago, BC (before cell phones).

“Listen,” I said, “don’t get upset. I drive through Westport on my way home, I’ll make a little detour and drop you off at the train station. I’m sure whoever is waiting for you will still be there.”

The tears that had welled up in this woman’s beautiful blue eyes were suddenly gone and she was now smiling. The extreme mood swings she had exhibited in this short conversation were amazing, and I began to have doubts about her mental health. She climbed into the front seat of my Honda Civic, and I began to wonder if my ride offer was such a great Idea.

Hi, I’m Bob,” I said, as we pulled out of the train yard parking lot.

“Nice to meet you Bob. I’m Sarah.”

Something about Sarah was familiar, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

“So Sarah…Do you live in Westport?”

“No, I’m staying here with some relatives.”

As we drove down I-95, I noticed that Sarah seemed anxious. I chalked this up to the fact that she was in strange car with a strange man. I tried to put her at ease with some small talk:

What do you do for a living?”

“I’m an actress.”

Bingo! Like in the old cartoons, a little light bulb turned on over my head. I was slowly beginning to put the pieces of the Sarah puzzle together.

A few months previous to my conversation with Sarah, I had run into an old childhood friend of mine. He had recently been diagnosed as being bipolar, and had spent several weeks in a psychiatric hospital. He told me that a fellow patient of his, was a girl named Sarah. Sarah, he said, had starred as the mayor’s 13-year old daughter in the movie “Animal House,” and as Danny Noonan’s (Michael O’Keefe’s) girlfriend in “Caddyshack.”

I think my friend wanted me to be amazed by this revelation, but I was more amazed that I never realized that the same actress had played both of these parts.“Are you sure, that mayor’s daughter was played by the same actress as Maggie, Danny Noonan’s girlfriend in Caddyshack?”

“Listen,” he said. “I was locked up with her in the looney bin…I’m sure.”

I now looked over at the pretty blond girl that was seated next to me, and wondered if I should dare ask the question. I bit my tongue for a while and then …Ah, what the heck:

“Sarah” I asked, “by any chance…did you play the mayor’s daughter in Animal House?”

“Wow! She said, I’m surprised you recognized me.”

And didn’t you also play Danny’s girlfriend in Caddyshack?”

“Yes! Yes I did…Not many people realize that I played both of those parts.”

Yeah,” I said. “I have an eye for those kinds of things. I really liked your Scottish accent in Caddyshack.”.

“Scottish!” She seemed insulted. “I wasn’t Scottish. I was Irish. Maggie O’Hooligan’s the name." She then went into character and recited her lines from Caddyshack. She concluded with…

“Well t'anks for nuttin.”

She smiled and seemed to finally relax, that was until I asked if she had done any movies lately.

“No,” she said. “Acting jobs are hard to come by, and I’ve been dealing with a lot of personal issues lately."

I told her that she was certainly pretty enough to do modeling work and that she had beautiful eyes.

“Thanks,” she said, “and you have a cute smile.” The conversation was starting to get a little weird now, so I made sure that I mentioned that I had a fiancé in the next few sentences.

When we reached Westport Station she thanked me for the ride, grabbed her things and got out of my car. I watched as she walked up the stairs to the platform, where a woman (her mother, I presume) waited for her. Part of me had wanted to tell her about our mutual friend from the mental hospital, but then I thought it best to respect her privacy. It wasn’t till a few days ago, when I read the above story in “The New York Post”, that I decided her problems were public knowledge and I’d share this story.

Before writing today I googled her name and found this entry on the ACME animal house trivia website:


Sarah Holcomb's (Clorette DePasto) four-year film career ended with Caddyshack in 1980. She reportedly turned to alcohol and drugs and slowly lost touch with reality as she suffered from schizophrenia. The 2004 film Stateside is reportedly about her descent through alcohol, drugs, sexual abuse and finally mental illness. I am told she is now living a quiet, obscure life far from the madness of Hollywood under an assumed name and does not wish to be found.

Sad. Very Sad.

167 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sad story. I only hope that she has found some peace in her "quiet, obscure life far from Hollywood".

Justin said...

I saw Danny Noonan on an epidode of Law and Order SVU.

Bond said...

So, interesting story and thank you. Today, was checking my site stats and looked to see what keywords had led people to THE COUCH. Saw that one came from a search on Sarah and it pointed us to your blog.
Thanks for relating that story - In August THE COUCH had a post on Animal House & Caddyshack and Sarah's role in both movies was part of the trivia used. You can find that posting HERE
if you are interested.

nhrtc said...

Another great story Bob. I enjoy reading your blog after a tough day at work. Your human issue stories are so not railroad at the same time they are!! Quite a literary accomplishment! Oh, how often we spend our days revelling in the garish details (or rumors) of people's lives, while being completely oblivious of our own insecurities. Keep up the good work.

Tony Alva said...

Have had a lot of fun trolling the internet for "where are they now" stuff on all the obscure folks from movies like Caddy Shack. You're a good man sir for helping her out.

Anonymous said...

It might be a subject for the TV Land Myths and Legends show, but I think I heard once that one of the circumstances involving Sarah's breakdown was that she couldn't break character in real life from the fictional Caddyshack Irish girlfriend. Anyone else ever hear that? Regardless, great story. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Bob- i remember your gesture of kindness and giving me that ride. I am amazed people still wonder what happened to me. i am doing fine and raising my 2 children. The path that hollywood put me on was a most destructive one. I wanted to let you know i am doing well and have found ways of dealing with my personal issues that are not self-destructive. Take care and god bless!

Anonymous said...

In the event that was really you, Sarah, that wrote the previous comment -

Although I enjoyed your perfomances in "Animal House" and "Caddyshack" immensely (t'anks for them both), it sounds as though you've finally sorted your holy cards and found the better role of loving Mother. I'm also glad that you responded to let everyone know that you've overcome the negative forces in your life. Here's to your continued health, happiness and prosperity always.

Dan Kelley said...

I was watching Animal House tonight on DVD and was wondering "whatever happened to"...

Sad story - but if that indeed was Sarah replying to your post it would appear she found peace. Very nice.

She's a wonderful actress; and its great she was able to share the performances she did with the world.

Patrick Kelly said...

Many of us have been through the alcohol and drug thing. And alcohol and bi-polar go together, as well as depression. Most don't survive. We who do are stronger, more spiritual, and generally better people than they who do not have the same experiences. Don't feel sorry for Sarah. She neither needs nor wants that. Celebrate her survival. My motto is "two steps forward and don't look back".

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, that was not Sarah who left the response, as it had clear misinformation.
Fortunately, Sarah is still alive. She lives a quiet and healthy life, although she has never fully recovered from her mental disorder.
I am a longtime family friend.

Anonymous said...

>>Unfortunately, that was not Sarah who left the response, as it had clear misinformation.<<

I would have to agree with the person who posted the message above. The anonymous posting was not Sarah.

I just finished watching the movie 'Stateside' which was a true story about her battle with mental illness. (She was not only battling drug and alcohol addiction, but was also suffering from schizophrenia at 20 years old) According to the director, very little was modified. The story was a true account as it happened.

If you happen to see the movie, you would quickly realize that it is highly doubtful that she is 'raising her two children' somewhere. I believe it would be more realistic to think that she is under permanent supervision (whether medical or family) for the rest of her life.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I (married 18 years) just watched Caddyshack, and we were curious, where are they now. I started searching, and here you are. Isn't it amazing what you find searching the internet? Thanks for a very compelling story, and for helping me put together some pieces of the puzzle.

Anonymous said...

I just watched Caddyshack the other night, and wondered about Sarah Holcomb, as here was someone in two of the funniest movies ever, yet I'd never seen her in anything else. And now I know why. Not quite the "guest starring in movies on Lifetime" happy ending I was expecting.

Anonymous said...

Just finished watching Caddyshack on ESPNCLASSIC channel. Seeing Danny's girlfriend made me think. I have always wondered how any pretty actress could go from Animal House to Caddyshack to ???? Thanks to your act of kindness, I know. I wish all the best to Sarah.

Tom said...

Well I searched and it has brought me here, although the post claiming to be Sarah Holcomb may or may not have been her I wouldn't be so quick to think that she isn't happy with her two kids somewhere. Schizophrenia is only a permanent disorder in about 1/4 of none cases however, it can come and go, I suffered from schizophrenia and other stress related disorders most of my life and dam near drank myself to death BUT! I've been sober for 11 long years I'm plenty happy and the father of five children so I'd say lets take another look at who's claiming to be the longtime family friend lets see some proof and I would like to know if she is still with the USMC soldier from the movie, I found the movie to be one of my fav's and I hope only the best for SARAH

Anonymous said...

she is working again..on private practice..

Anonymous said...

Actually I knew Sarah in high school (she dated my best friend for a while). She dropped out after her junior year to "go to Hollywood and become a star" (in which she clearly succeeded). She was drop-dead gorgeous in high school, much better looking in person that what you saw on film. She was also a fairly serious drama queen, very high maintenance even for a 17 year old girl, so her overall trajectory is not that much of a surprise.

Randall M said...

hmmm...I was classmates with Sarah at the American School in Mexico DF in 1975 I guess it was. I remember being in the counselor's office with her and about 6-7 other new students for some orientation thing. Of course, as with most who ever met her, I was enthralled with her fascinating, unsettling physical beauty, but more with the way she had of hesitating just before moving with absolute surety. I was really shy, pathologically shy, and remember only once daring to speak directly to her in a personal way; coming out of a locker room, we were alone passing each other and I had a moment of clarity and was able to say "hi sarah!". One other time I was alone at my locker and she came through the hallway door to go to her's and I was thrown into a panic, there we were, just as I had many times hoped we would be, and I couldn't utter a word, even as she looked at me from 15 lockers away, expecting me to say something (or at least I so imagined...). Her friend Leslie (well, I think her name was Leslie...hard to remember) once asked me in a really mean way why I hated her friend Sarah so much.
Sarah lasted about half the year and I never knew why she didn't finish the year, other than what other teenagers' rumors had been about what happened. I still occasionally feel like I wish I had some closure with her ("No I never hated you, Sarah, quite the contrary!")--but then I guess that's normal. Well, anyway, this has been therapeutic...oh one more memory, heehee, once acted in a 3-minute classroom skit with her; I was the elevator operator, and I don't remember what she was but I remember doing my best for her. Well I hope I haven't painted myself as completely pathetic! Have 3 kids and teach math, happily married! Good luck, Sarah!

Anonymous said...

to the previous poster - i attended the american school in mexico city as well (from 1972-1975, grades 5th through 8th) and i always thought that sarah looked very familiar when i saw her on the big screen - do you happen to know if she attended the american school prior to the 9th grade? after all of these years i still have great memories from those days in mexico and still remember some of the kids i went to school with - judd austin, ernie watts, martha something or other (my first "real" kiss), dawn meeker, george pratchett, rebecca rish (not sure of spelling?) to name a few. i actually ran into a couple of them years later - they happened to attended the same college as i in arizona. one girl that i knew from the american school and then ran into at college (her name escapes me now, an absolute beauty), went on to have a successful news anchor job i believe. another friend from the mexico city days was carlos papierski (i don't think he attended the american school) - he now goes by carlos bernard (bernard is his dad's first name) and has a recurring role on the tv series 24. have never kept in touch with him tho...

Gui said...

I too studied at the American School in Mexico City and also knew her. Some of the previous posts mention some girls I also met there. The anchorwoman in Arizona was Heidi Foglesong, Martha must be Martha Laird and Rebecca was jewish and had two brothers: Carlos and Alan.

I am writing this just to give enough credibility to the two posts from my schoolmates and to silence other urban legends.

The truth about Sarah is quite likely that of many young starting actors. The studios did not need her. She was just not called back. She gradually faded into anonimity and is likely living a quiet life. As far as all her mental problems, it is just urban myths. Was there ever a girl who accepted a ride? Perhaps. Was she Sarah? Unlikely. There are nuts who want to pass themselves as other people. Remember Leave it to Beaver's character.

Anonymous said...

I worked in a crisis counseling center in the late '80's and Sarah was one of my clients. Beautiful, smart, schizophrenic and very unsettling. She punched me in the hallway once, and I always felt it was due to envy that I was able to live a "normal" life while she had to deal with the demon of mental illness. We were only two years apart in age and I did feel "there but for the grace of God go I." I've seen her around a few times since then and she looks much happier, but I do not think she has two children!

Anonymous said...

To add to my last comment - I realize I'm breaking confidentiality by mentioning her being a client, but I wanted to stop the speculation of the last poster that she fell into obscurity because Hollywood dropped her. She made a major impression in Animal House and Caddyshack and I think Hollywood would have held onto her with both grasping hands if it had been possible. There's been so much speculation about her mental health I feel confidentiality is moot at this point and I want to add my voice to those that say she would have been a huge star if not for being schizophrenic.

Anonymous said...

I met her at a bar in Rowayton and she was very friendly (and good looking) and seemed surprised that I recognized her. I hope she is okay. My friend didn't believe who she was but I had her recite some lines and she did them to perfection.

Andrew said...

Wow you meet all kinds of people from Metro North Rail lines. You know Bobby your tenure at Metro North really brought you in contact with very intereesting and famous people. Unfortunatley this turned out to be a very sad story.

Patrick Kelly said...

I don't know how Mr. "Anonymous" can justify his comments as not breaching confidentiality. Wheather he was working as a janitor or as a counselor, he should never have shared what he learned about a "client". Above all, he should have never shared a diagnosis. I can cite federal code if needed. Others contemplating treatment may now think twice before entering a facility if they believe their story will find it's way to the web by someone who can't resist the urge to gossip. The "speculation" of others doesn't permit you to clear things up without her consent.

Anonymous said...

Just watching Animal House tonight and it dawned on me that she was the same girl in Caddyshack. So I googled and found my way here.

Didn't realize the Caddyshack girl was faking the accent. Good job.

I hope she has found happiness. She seemed like such a cute kid back them. Of course we're all older now, that was like 30 years ago.

Gui said...

Once again, another idiot writes a make believe story about having had her as a patient and then speculates that the movie industry would've never dropped her. Better actors have been ignored by the industry and gone into oblivion so this is not far fetched. What's important is that former schoolmates from the ASF kept in touch with her even after Caddyshack. I called a couple of them and even though they've since lost touch with her, not one mentioned any mental problem. Even one of her closest friends considers this to be a myth not unlike Lionel Richie's "Sit Lady" or Lana Turner being discovered at Schwartz. People tend to wanting to create myths that are larger than life. She is likely laughing her head off while reding these nonsense. Or she is using that funny jerigonze she created to talk secretly with her friends.

Dan Kelley said...

Whats very amazing is that this topic has remained alive since January, 2007....

Gui said...

Dan,

you've said it. I've seen more interesting topics fade out.
All this goes to show is that Sarah who is 50 now did cause quite a stir since people arr still interested in her after 30 years.

DMMc said...

Whatever her story I hope that she is well and happy.
I rewatch Animal House and Caddyshack a couple times a year just to try and recapture a little lost youth. Sarah's roles in both films were some of my favorites and ones that play in my head from time to time. Love that Irish accent...grin

Sergio said...

sergio gotlib .- I met her when she was 16 in México city she use to sing a song that i wrote...... Sarah if you ever read this my e mail is sgotlib@hotmail.com i hope you are ok..... always your friend Sergio

Anonymous said...

I too would like to know what happened to her Marine, hope they both met with happier days...

Anonymous said...

"Biggest whore on 5th Avenue, I'm told!"

Rick Myers said...

Sarah, You've become a legend. After reading so many posts and queries about you I thought to myself, "This girl should make a comeback". Hey if Cindy Morgan can do it so can you! I Just finished watching a "behind the scenes" film about Caddyshack. Seeing you again brought back great memories. Remember the night we met at that 50's Rock & Roll nightclub in western Massachusetts? The deejay booth was the front end of a pink Chevy? What are you up to these days? I'm a caterer living in Portland, Or? Ever been to Portland? Great city! Look me up next time you're in the NW. Mwah! www.companytonight.com nyrick@gmail.com

Lenny Jay said...

After the Biography Channel ran a special on Caddyshack tonight I wondered why they never talked to Sarah. I mean, they found extras from the pool scene, and they guy who gave Lacey the weed still had the call sheets from the shoots. How hard would it be to get a little time with Sarah? Then I read this. What a shame. I look forward to checking out the movie "Stateside", and wish Sarah all the best. I hope she realizes that she was in two of the greatest comedies most guys have ever watched.

Anonymous said...

I had the same reaction to the CaddyShack special last night like the writer above me and out of curiosity found myself at this site. I too wondered why they had not interviewed Sarah Holcomb. I too hope that she has found peace and privacy since obviously that's what she seeks.

Anonymous said...

Wow, everyone saw that Caddyshack special and wondered what happened to Sarah, huh?
I'm no different...I'd love to see her make a comeback and yet if she's happy then so be it.
I really want to see that movie "based" on her life.
She definitely had "IT" and was incredibly talented.
I wish she'd write a book or do an interview...

Anonymous said...

Wow. I just got satellite tv and as watching animal house. I also wondered what happened to Sarah. The search brought me here. The amazeing thing is I own both Animal house and caddyshack on DVD, but I still cannot let a public viewing go by without watching it.

josh pincus is crying said...

Great piece, Bobby.
I quoted you on my website in my post about Sarah Holcomb.

Allan said...

When I first saw Caddyshack, I was absolutely entralled with Sarah...thought she was absolutely beautiful, loved her energy. Then today, came across it on the tube and was watching it a bit - just to see her. And it lead me here.

Find it amazing how she has left such an impression on so many of us.

To wherever Sarah maybe or what she may be doing...here's to you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHJb87nNsGY

(I know the spelling isn't the same, but the thought is there)

Anonymous said...

Hollywood's version of Syd Barrett. Shine on You Crazy Diamond.

kris said...

Yes thank you it's just like syd barrett! i just wanna say watched ANIMAL HOUSE...i miss u Sarah Holcomb
hope on twitter or something so ur fans can show u some love!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just finished watching Animal House AGAIN. Wondered about Sarah. Sarah, if you read this, may God bless you. I wish you peace and happiness.

Anonymous said...

Like so many people, I ended up here trying to find out more about Sarah. The sad part is as I wrap up the story and comments, I seem to be even more confused than when I started. So many contradictory statements and accusations, I really have no idea what to believe about this girl. It sure would be nice to have someone definitively say what happened to her, and what she is doing now. If anyone can do that, I'll be checking back here regularly to see what has been posted.

Anonymous said...

This poster "Gui" knows nothing, and is speculating, though I will give him/her the benefit of the doubt and assume he/she is simply indulging in wishful thinking. We all wish for Sarah to be happy and healthy.

But facts are facts. Sarah's struggles were quite real. I haven't had any direct news about her for several years now, but the "doing better, but hasn't fully recovered" assessment sounds about right, and is consistent with what I know (or knew) about her condition.

The "urban legend" that was going around was that she died young. That's certainly not true, I'm happy to say.

Sarah and I came from the same small town in New England. I can't claim that she and I were friends in our own right - we weren't - but we were acquainted, and had many mutual friends and family connections. I haven't seen her (or lived within 70 miles of her) since 1977, but a good friend of mine remained close with Sarah's family all these years and I would occasionally get news, both the good and the bad, through that channel.

(continued)

Anonymous said...

Though I haven't seen "Stateside", I'm obviously not revealing anything confidential now by confirming that the story is based on Sarah's. It may be fictionalized, but the foundation is no myth. The only surprise, for me, was that the filmmaker opted to connect Sarah's name with the subject of the movie. I knew that she'd given him permission to do the story, but not that she'd given him permission to "out" her by making her influence public. Perhaps he had her blessing, I really don't know, so I can't really criticize him for bring her name into it. I was just surprised by it, because it kinda blew the lid off of Sarah's privacy with respect to her illness, and I thought that she'd preferred the lid to stay on. I don't know that for a fact, though.

Gui got this much right: Sarah made quite an impression. Thirty-two years have passed since the release of Animal House, people are still talking about her. One anonymous commenter wrote:

"She was drop-dead gorgeous in high school, much better looking in person than what you saw on film."

I have to agree. She was luminous. She could sing, too - beautifully, IMO.

The last word, however, goes to another Anonymous commenter:

"I too hope that she has found peace and privacy since obviously that's what she seeks."

Jo said...

Hi Sarah,
It's Jo.
Long time has passed. Think of you and your family often and our days growing up together in Weston. We have each been given paths to follow, some bumpier than others. We all have a story. I send you my best. Here's to remembering our friendship. ~ Jo

Anonymous said...

What horseshit. 'She was hitting on me so I told her about my fiance', "I have an eye for these things', etc.

Listen, if you can't resist the urge to make yourself look like a hero in your stories, then that's a sure sign that's all they are: stories.

Bobby said...

I had to go back and reread this post because I wrote it almost four years ago.
I noticed that several of the commenters here doubt the veracity of this story. I'm not sure why. Is it so unbelievable that I'd give a misguided passenger a ride to their station? I've done it several times over the years. Sarah just happened to be the only celebrity I've ever given a ride to. By the way, I've met much bigger stars on my trains, and if I was going to make up a story, I would have picked a much higher watt celebrity. Also,
I didn't say that she was hitting on me, but I did imply that she was flirting with me. I may have been flattering myself here. I think she just has a flirtatious personality.

Big Ramifications said...

Dan Kelly: Whats very amazing is that this topic has remained alive since January, 2007....

What's very amazing is that my mum has remained alive since January, 2007....

Anonymous said...

Bobby,
I honestly wouldn't worry about the not so eloquent comment from September 3 by the anonymous poster as your story doesn't sound far fetched or crazy at all. In fact, the part about the mild flirting sounds very real. As you said, you could have picked a celebrity with a higher profile and you certainly could have played it up if you wanted to really flatter yourself. Sounds like the anonymous poster is just a bitter pill.

That said, I find Sarah's story fascinating and sad.

Anonymous said...

I have thought about Sarah many times since seeing Animal House and then Caddyshack. I resided for a few years in the same small CT town previously referenced in numerous postings. I remember her so vividly because she was the beautiful, fun, extremely extroverted, shining star of my 7th grade class. My parents had friends who were good friends with Sarahs family and I remember hearing about when Animal House opened locally and how shocked some of the parents friends were with some of Sarah scenes. Soon after I heard of Sarah's life taking a really terrible turn. As I remember, many at the time blamed the bad influence of Brian Doyle Murray--her boyfriend at the time I believe. In any event, it was a sad and very rough time for those who loved her. My family moved out of state soon after and I never heard after that but many of these posts make perfect sense to me and I am so grateful to the original "Sarah Smiles" story because it brings hope that she at least has hung in there the best she could. Stay Strong Sarah!

Anonymous said...

I just finished watching "Stateside" and found out the movie was based on Sarah. Did some searching and came across two videos on youtube.

The first is "70 Years in the Life of Charles & Sarah Holcomb": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eke6lw_SKRQ

The second is "Happy Birthday to my HERO - my MOM - Judy Minter": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytf2I9DfpGM&feature=related

The first video came up because her name is in it. I didn't think it had anything to do with her at first, but some of the pictures looked like her. Then at the end of the first video there is a picture that looks like here with a marine, but I am guessing that is an old picture of Charles and Sarah (maybe Sarah's (the actress) grandparents?)

The second one is titled "my MOM - Judy Minter", I searched for a connection between Judy Minter and Sarah Holcomb and found this page about Charles Holcomb: http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=ae4a3ae8ff97c162&-session=TheDailyNews:4A0611B3142b0039D8ikL3E5182C

It says: "Charles is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sarah Holcomb; daughters, Judy Minter, Charlene Jackson, Louise Feder and husband Robin; son, Charles R. Holcomb, Jr. and wife, Clara, who was more of a daughter to our dad than daughter-in-law. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Sarah Mabry, Julie Mabry, Stephanie Thompson, Teresa Baskin, Joshua Jackson, Chad Feder, Alicia Feder, Jessica, Virginia, Victoria and Sarah Holcomb, Brandy Smith; three great-grandsons, Kovi Johnson, Christian Thompson and Madden Betancourt."

I don't know if Sarah is in any of the pictures from the 2 videos, but that last picture of the marine really reminded me of the charachters in "Stateside".


On a side note, I have to believe the story about the train since she said she was going to Westport. If you look at her brother's IMDB page "David Holcomb", he was born in Weston, Ct. That is only 5 miles from Westport, CT where she would be getting off the train.

Anonymous said...

the Marine in the last photo on the 1st youtube post is from 5th Marines, and they are out of pendleton, so it wouldnt have been "him" unless he'd re-enlisted and pcs'd after lebanon.
that said, some of those photos do resemble her.

Anonymous said...

In the early 90s I spent my last few years of college living in an off-campus apartment in Western Massachusetts. The apartment was a mix of college and non-college students. My senior year, Sarah lived right across the hall from me. I didn't recognize her at first. She would occasionally stop in to say hi or chat. My roommate and I sensed early on that there was something wrong with her. About a month or so in, she told us that she had been in Caddyshack and Animal House. I'm not one of those people that recalls every character from every film so I was a bit dubious. We ended up renting Caddyshack and sure enough, there she was. I wasn't sure what was wrong with her but after reading all the posts here, I can see now that she was schizophrenic. There were a few odd encounters where she'd knock on our door and when we'd answer she'd accuse us of talking about her. She made me a bit nervous to be around. I was young and hadn't been around someone with such a serious mental illness. This was about 17 years ago. I do hope she's doing well. --PB

Anonymous said...

I call B.S. on this one! You have "a friend" that coincidentally was locked up in the looney bin with Sarah, and then by chance, you run into her alone on a train? I'd have to calculate the odds of that being about a billion to one. It never happened. This story is about as likely as OJ not being the one who killed Ron and Nicole!

Bobby said...

Ugh!!! Connecticut is a small state. Sarah lived in a town approximately 25 miles away from where I grew up. There's not many mental hospitals in the state. My friend is a childhood neighbor (whom I haven't seen in years) He's bipolar. As I said before, I have celebrities on my train all the time, some big, some small. Not sure why this story is so hard to believe. It's not extraordinary.

Anonymous said...

UnbelievableI A friend and I, from the American High School in Mexico City were wondering what had happened to Sarah. I am the "Leslie" referred to in the comment by Randall M. above. I guess I was just a catty high school girl, in his eyes at least. Sarah and I were best friends for the short time she was at the American High School. She was beautiful and so talented. We spent an afternoon in my backyard playing the guitar and singing. My mother showed me the photograph. There was always some kind of drama swirling around Sarah. I was caught up in a little bit of it in High School in Mexico. I have always wondered what happened to my friend, Sarah. I am gratified to hear that she is alive and somewhat well. God bless you Sarah.

Leslie said...

I just wanted to post a comment in case Sarah ever reads this. We were best friends during the short time she was at the AHS in Mexico City. We went our separate ways but I always wondered what happened to Sarah. What a tribute to her talent that she has generated so much buzz for so long! God Bless you Sarah, wherever you are.

Anonymous said...

There are two mental illness facilities near where she grew up in Weston, Hallbrooke in Westport and Silver Hills in New Canaan. It's likely from these posts if they are accurate, that she spent some time at Hallbrooke. Many troubled teens were treated there including my brother in law, a diagnosed schizophrenic. Sarah was beautiful.

Steve said...

Wow, this thing is still going on. What a lasting impression you've made. Lots of love flowing in your direction including from me. Loved you then and love you now. I existed through a similar long time nightmare. I have my life back and it's better than I thought it could ever be. Going on 8 years. I get the sense it's all far behind you....Love you !

Comrade X said...

I grew up in Western Mass myself and played a small part in the chorus of a community theater show alongside her. She was very nice, though clearly troubled. Hearing Hollywood stories - both cautionary and fun ones - made me curious, I looked her movies up a few years later.

Sweet lady. I hope she continues to find, and maintain peace.

Anonymous said...

Things may be going better for her than it appears. I googled her name and came up with a photograph on the website for Northern Arizona University. Account for age and it sure looks like her. If true, she's an attorney, lecturer in the college of business and was recently given a local "Athena" award as a young professional.

Anonymous said...

Several years ago (10?) a Providence RI radio DJ claims to have seen a former cast member of Animal House working in a convenience store near Brown University. He didn't reveal a name, said definitely a major character of the movie. I always figured it was BS, but now...

Anonymous said...

Keith Richards lives in Weston CT
Has he ever been on your train??

Bobby said...

No, I haven't seen Keith. I became good friends with Victoria Jackson from SNL. I visited her house in Weston.

Anonymous said...

Leslie Zaidenweber?

Anonymous said...

Leslie Zaidenweber?? If so, are you still in Mexico City??

Mark said...

I have the 72, 73 and 74 American School yearbooks and Sarah appears in the 1974 as a freshman. I could not find Randall M. FYI, Gui is a guy.

Leslie said...

Hmmm I was a sophomore at AHS in 1974. Sarah and I were both new at the school. We became best friends until she left.

Mark said...

If you are Leslie Graves, then you appear as a sophmore. Sarah definetly appears as a freshman. I do keep in touch with alot of AHS alumni and they all remember her as a freshman.

By any chance, do you happen to know what her parents did and did she have a younger or older brother. Thanks....

Leslie said...

Not Leslie Graves, Leslie Bolek, class of '76

Leslie said...

I met her parents once in San Miguel Allende. They had a house there. I think her mother was an artist. Can't remember about her dad. I don't think she had a brother.

Mark said...

Leslie:

You are correct!! You are there as a sophmore. If you or others in this forum that attended the AHS in Mexico City want to get re-connected with old classmates, drop me an email:markrafaelmaldonado@yahoo.com

There are a number of social gathering throughout the year on the East and West Coast and they are alot of fun. Perhaps you will run into someone that is closer to Sarah and possibly re-connect you both.

As far as Sarah is concerned, i do remember her very well. Unfortunately, my last recollection of her was at a party in Palmas and she was the center of some dispute. Not sure what happened. In any event, we all hope she is doing well and MAYBE, you and her will re-connect some day.

Un abrazo,

Mark-

Anonymous said...

I could not stand NOT knowing who Dori is. I am satisfied now. Let it die.

Brian Rose said...

A lovely and sad story about a truly fascinating actress. I for one find her to be quite arresting, like Marie Falconetti. They both have a deep soul to them, powerful eyes, and precious few performances. Thanks to youtube, you can see everything she has done. She seemed a great person with a bad stroke of luck. I hope she's doing well today, and that perhaps she might reach a point where she would step back out, perhaps to tell her courageous story. And there would be many fans there to support her.

Anonymous said...

Greatest thread ever. I need to know what happened to this chick! I wrote my college thesis on Caddyshack and how we readily accept stereotypes that apply to Caucasians.

Jeff said...

I as well saw the special on Caddyshack last year but years before that i wondered what became of her. Sad part is she choose to live in seclusion which is her choice but what a waste of talent. Ive seen what drugs can do to young people to be introduced to all those drugs of course peer pressure and wanting to fit in she gave into it. Though i know she has straightened out her life a bit. She should be a stronger woman.Now whats that line.."What ever doesnt kill you..makes you stronger." By the way she lives in Connecticut and yes she has changed her name. She does work and earns a living and has a dog which she walks everyother day in the neighborhood. Who am i..well..someone was sent this post this morning by my friend who saw caddyshack last night on TBS and laughed and said.."If people only knew." oh and i happen to be a BIG movie buff and to answer your question raddling in ur heads..NO..in my 8years of living near her..ive never told her i know who she is. Take care.

Geoff Cole said...

I went to school with Sarah in Mexico City back in the seventies. She was having problems even back then. I remember a meltdown she had at a party that at the time I thought was due to drugs. I hear that things have finally evened out for her. I'm a pastor now and she's on my prayer list, so I pray for her daily. You should too. Geoff Cole

Marc Edward Heuck said...

I just wrote an essay on her, and I gave your landmark reminiscence an appropriate mention. If you have a moment, give it a read and tell me what you think.

http://projectorhasbeendrinking.blogspot.com/2011/08/sarah-holcomb-letter-for-lost-friend.html

Anonymous said...

what a sad and fascinating thread.
I too grew up in that small CT town and was friends w/ Sarah's older brother. and I have always enjoyed telling folks how someone I knew growing up was in Animal House and Caddyshack. so sad to hear that her life went sideways for awhile and I sure hope she is doing well now. and I too met Victoria Jackson in that same small town and we had a great 30 min chat while our kids played at a local playground. and yes Kieth Richard does have a home there and Meatloaf played in the park & rec softball league in the '90's and in the '70's Phil Jackson was a Knick and could be seen jogging on our HS track. a small town, yes, but quite an interesting one too.
Good Luck Sarah!

Anonymous said...

I also attended AHS in Mexico city but had graduated before Sarah & siblings began attending. began teaching at Lomas High several years later and had Sarah's younger sister as a student - also tutored her for a short while.

really didn't know Sarah well, but would see and interact with her when tutoring her sister. I remember her dating a soccer player who was trying out as a field goal kicker for some NFL team.

Kinda of tragic character even at that young age. have heard she lives in Ct., as do I. truly wish her well.

Carl G. AHS 1970

leslie Z said...

Hi Sarah ,wherever you are,we still think about you as you can see,you were a great friend,love you.Leslie Zai...

Anonymous said...

hi leslie z, leslie b, geoff c, and mark m. sarah went to the alcott school with me in mexico city and a bunch of other misfits. (brick brown, steve beimler, john mcgrath, tom looney, etc) she was a great actress from day 1. i once took her to a tryout reading at theater workshop and she knocked them dead, a real natural, she even did the blocking as she read, everyone stood with open mouths, knowing that she just got the job. she played a southern belle married to cheo martinez...one of the best natural actresses i ever met, and i have met lots of actresses... we were really good friends for a while...i think of her often as well as katie and her mom...what a talent..leslie z if it is you tell marcos that we missed him at the usc reunion...saludos amigos...elescott ahs class of 77...mark m...kick out the jams...sarah if you read this, remember how much fun we had with eugenio and the crew in acapulco...miss you and hope you are well

Anonymous said...

you said this? "Charles is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sarah Holcomb; daughters, Judy Minter, Charlene Jackson, Louise Feder and husband Robin; son, Charles R. Holcomb, Jr. and wife, Clara, who was more of a daughter to our dad than daughter-in-law. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Sarah Mabry, Julie Mabry, Stephanie Thompson, Teresa Baskin, Joshua Jackson, Chad Feder, Alicia Feder, Jessica, Virginia, Victoria and Sarah Holcomb, Brandy Smith; three great-grandsons, Kovi Johnson, Christian Thompson and Madden Betancourt."


YOU POSTED THIS ANONYMOUS? lol, well this is my grandfathers obituary, smart one. i am sarah holcomb, the grand daughter of charles richard holcomb and sarah LYDIA holcomb, i am the daughter of Charles Richard Holcomb jr. and yes, our family may have the same last name as her but that is not us. and the video on youtube, was a video of my grandmother, sarah lydia holcomb, she passed away. Judy minter is my aunt. you might wanna do some better research, because you are way off! sorry.

Anonymous said...

FYI. She was living in Massachusetts in the 1990s when I got to know her. I will not say where is as she is still in the area. Folks around here know who she is and her back-story. I am just glad that they are hip enough not to out her location because she obviously chooses to remain out of the public eye.

smitho said...

What a blog! I too was curious after watching Caddyshack again for the thousandth time. I hope life is good and treating her well where ever she is. I must say, this has been a fascinating read.

David said...

Bobby I road that train many times from Bridgeport to New York,
I also met Sarah at the same time period. I was at the Sandbar when my sister brought this girl (Sarah)
over to me she had just met thinking we would get along? Well after having a few drinks with Sarah My first impresssion was how Beautiful she was and not shy. BUT!
As Sarah and I Talked I picked up very bad Vibes from her conversation. She Bragged a prty with the then Saturday Night Live Cast and all the drugs that were involved. I could see how her life was heading for a trainwreck and her topics in talking changed iratically. I wish I was more mature at the time but we were young. I felt so sorry for Sahara with the impression I was getting about the people that had taken advantage of her. She dropped some famous names at the time and I was angered at how this people in show business had taken advantage of her trusting nature. I did not pursue any farther than our talk that night because even though I was young I reconized I did not want these problems brought into my life. I felt guilty I could not or did not know how to help Sarah at the time and always wondered what had happend to her and that she was ok. She was very vulnerable
and I was scared for her. Over the years I was curious about her life but could not find any info on her. I am happy to see what I read here she seems to be doing better than I expected! I applaud you for your kindness to Sarah and Belive you touched her life on that train ride and put her on a better corse that evening. Even after all these years I still think about Sarah and how she is doing. Though our paths crossing were short I could not get out of my thoughts the impression she left with me to worry about a stranger I met only once and wonder what if I was mature enough at the time to pursue the situation. She did call me a few times after that meeting but her state of mind at the time really kept me away from any further contact. Great Blog that shows how we can sometimes affect peoples lives!

Anonymous said...

Just curious....I knew Sarah way back when in Connecticut but never knew why it was she ended up in Mexico City at this school? Did she go straight to NY from there?

Bob Mack said...

Great piece and amazing that comments have continued all these years. If Sarah is out there I hope that she realizes that there are many people who wish they could return some small bit of happiness to her that she has given to us in her work. She is missed and I hope she is doing well.

epithumia said...

I just came across this string of comments. Most intriguing. It almost seems that "Where's Sarah" will replace "Where's Waldo" in the near future. I hope not; if off the grid is where she (or any of us) wishes to be, it is best to grant the wish.

Anonymous said...

Just watching Caddyshack on Cinemax, and checked IMDB to see who played Maggie because I thought I had seen her in something else. The actress' name, Sarah Holcomb, seemed vaguely familiar and then--when I saw Animal House in her credits--I knew immediately who she was. Wondering what had happened to her, I searched and found this blog.

Although it seems that nobody on this blog knows for sure what has happened to her, I hope she is doing well wherever she may be. She had a special "presence" about her, taking two relatively small roles and making them memorable enough to still stand out thirty years later even among some classic performances from some big name stars.

Sarah, if you see this, thank you for sharing something special with the world. I hope you have found happiness outside of movies.

Aspetuck Watchman said...

> Although it seems that nobody on this blog knows for sure what has happened to her

No, see, that's where you're wrong. People who KNOW have posted. I am one of them, as is another who was self-described as "a longtime family friend" - but we choose not to be too specific about anything, for reasons which by now should be rather obvious.

As "longtime family friend" said, Sarah lives "a quiet and healthy life," though she has never really recovered and almost certainly will not. She does not wish to re-enter public life. What else needs to be said?

FWIW: In my opinion, the train station story, at that time and place, is entirely believable.

Also, thanks to Sarah's friends from Mexico City (and elsewhere) who left comments. It's been nice reading those.

Bobby said...

Thanks for the insight Aspetuck. It amazes me how this post has taken on a life of its own and people are still commenting five years after I wrote it. I never understood why people doubted the veracity of this story...I gave a simple ride to a lost soul.

Anonymous said...

With all the interest, I wish we could get an actualy update from the family. David, Katie...someone. I know, I know "she has a quiet, obscure life". I'm not saying we want to intrude on her life at all. Just something. Anything. The sad thing is that with all the public records info and whatnot out there...combined with the internet...someone could really find this stuff out rather quickly if they knew where to look. Fortunately, nobody has posted that information. But it is out there, for sure. Poor girl...

Geoff Cole said...

The posts mentioning Alcott Institute and Lomas High School in Mexico City brought back memories. That was an interesting time and an interesting bunch. I lived across the street from Brick Brown in Polanco. I graduated from Lomas after being expelled from the American H.S. and my friend Tony Smith (I believed he died in Connecticut a few years ago) attended Alcott for less than a week before being expelled. I thank God that there were a few alternative schools in Mexico City. I worked on a couple of plays at the Theater Workshop with Dan Sharp. Sarah, I hope you are doing well. Love to hear from all of you. www.facebook.com/geoffcole

Greg Miller said...

Wow, just watched Animal House again on Demand here, I grew up in Eugene, still make my home there, and remember when all these folks were in town filming... never met any of them, and didn't even make the connection that Sarah was also in Caddyshack... Thanks for posting your story of meeting her, and I also hope she is well.

Anonymous said...

Does not wish to re-enter a public life..? That could meen 1 of several things.. She wishes to remain hospitalized? She never wants to be a actress again?

Can you clarify your statment please?

Anonymous said...

Sarah and I met the summer of 75'@an Aspatuck C.C pool party dance. She stole my heart away the moment our eyes met.We became great friends that summer as we rode bikes to see each other and swam together at Devils Den in Weston with other swim team friends.The last time we saw each other was saying goodbye after swimming in the Aspatuck Resevior together on the last day of summer. We kissed goodbye and waived and then road away on our bikes.The next day was my first day of high school.I called her a few times on the phone to try and see her again, however she cried to me and told me she was moving to Mexico soon.The next time I saw her was on the big screen watching Animal House for the first time while I attended the Univ. of Connecticut back in 77' or 78' its a little hazy.I will always remember our magical summer together Sarah!! Thank you so much,I will always miss you and love you.My prayers are with you. N.T.

Anonymous said...

the first time I met Sarah was at a summer country club dance at Aspatuck C.C.the summer of 1971 in Weston.Ct.Our eyes met awkwardly as 13 year olds do while trying to see if someone,"likes"you when you are so young and alive with first time emotions.We danced a few times and left the night as new friends so happily and innocently. We decided to meet up again to go ride our bikes to Devil's Den, a great swimming hole in Weston,Ct. with other friends later in the week.We continued seeing each other a lot that joyous summer until we both saw each other for the last time after a swim together trespassing on our bikes together at Aspatuck Resevoir(public water source for Fairfield County). We kissed goodbye promising each other to call soon. We were both headed off to the first day of high school in seperate towns. Sarah in Weston, and I in Fairfield.She is an amazing girl, with a heart so beautiful and her outward beauty so beyond description.You were my first crush and young love.I called her in a few days and she cried telling me she was moving to Mexico soon. She called once from there to say hello and then I never heard from Sarah again!The next time I saw her was on the big screen in Animal House in 77' or 78' while I was attending Uconn.Wow, what a shock and great surprise. I was so happy for her great success!! I just went on line to google her because I saw her in Caddy Shack on TV this week, and found this blog. Sarah, were ever you are,we will always love you.And thanks for our forever friendship through ourcountry club and Westport Water Rat connection. I hope you are ok. Lots of love...Neil T.

Jay Davison said...

Schizophrenia has been determined to be caused by a retrovirus. A Swiss company named Geneuro discovered this a few years ago, and they are working on a cure which should be available in a few years. Sarah, and the millions of others afflicted by this illness, can expect to be cured by the antiviral medicine Geneuro is developing. Here is their website:
http://www.geneuro.com/
Best regards to all, and much love to Sarah!

Jay Davison said...

Schizophrenia has been determined to be caused by a retrovirus. A Swiss company named Geneuro discovered this a few years ago, and they are working on a cure which should be available in a few years. Sarah, and the millions of others afflicted by this illness, can expect to be cured by the antiviral medicine Geneuro is developing. Here is their website:
http://www.geneuro.com/
Best regards to all, and much love to Sarah!

Robert Reynolds said...

SsSarah was in a less known film "Walk Proud" around 1979. I could only find this film on Netflix but was able to watch it instantly from the site. Robby Benson, teen idol at the time, has the Star role with Sarah as his girl. She has a lot of face time in this flick and, CLEARLY upstages Mr Benson. Her eyes have this depth and ability to draw you into what she's feeling. The movie is worthy of a watch, if only for Sarah.

Robert Reynolds said...

Sarah was in a less known film "Walk Proud" around 1979. I could only find this film on Netflix but was able to watch it instantly from the site. Robby Benson, teen idol at the time, has the Star role with Sarah as his girl. She has a lot of face time in this flick and, CLEARLY upstages Mr Benson. Her eyes have this depth and ability to draw you into what she's feeling. The movie is worthy of a watch, if only for Sarah.

Anonymous said...

I was a close family friend from Weston, one of those kids who were always running in and out of their house after school. She had other relatives living nearby and did a number of really memorable performances in high school.

One of the reasons that so many celebrities live in Weston is that people respect one another's privacy, or did. That's about all I can say. Her parents and siblings are terrific people.

I haven't seen her in many years, and respect her wishes to live quietly. My impression is that she has family and friends that love her and cherish her.

BTW, the railroad story sounds quite plausible.

Anonymous said...

I lived in a condo complex called Aspetuck Village several years ago...wonder of there is any connection to some of the posters here...

Robertjs said...

This thread is absolutely incredible.

Anonymous said...

Yep, this thread is still being read,watching Caddyshack and checkingIMD brought me here...

Anonymous said...

Peace to you, beautiful Sarah.

Anonymous said...

never saw an answer to the question whether her and the marine had a life together or still do? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

Wherever you are , I hope youre happy!

Aspetuck Watchman said...

Hi all, maybe I can answer a couple of questions that were posted a while back:

> "Does not wish to re-enter a public life..? That could mean 1 of several things.. She wishes to remain hospitalized? She never wants to be a actress again?"

A fair question. It means she does not wish to reenter the spotlight. Note her absence from Animal House reunions. But that doesn't mean she doesn't have a life.

> Do Sarah and the marine have a life together? Just curious.

Nope.

> I lived in a condo complex called Aspetuck Village several years ago...wonder of there is any connection to some of the posters here...

Yup. :-) It's just one of those Connecticut names. The source is the Aspetuck River. There's an Aspetuck Valley, a village of Aspetuck, and so on.

I use the name because of the Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston, where I and Sarah and other commenters grew up, where I used to play tennis and hang out by the pool when I was a kid. I still have vivid memories of being 13 and seeing Sarah, then a vivacious 11 year old, holding court at poolside. Most of my memories stop there, though. Before I turned 15, my parents would let their membership lapse, and Sarah would move to Mexico.

Robert Y. said...

Thanks for answers to some of the questions about Sarah.She is 3 yrs. older than I am,but that didnt stop me and probably 75% of the teenage boys in America from having a crush on her and I had it bad.As we look back to when we were younger as we all do,we wonder what happened to this person or that person and Sarah is one of those people that memories do not seem complete without knowing she is ok and just a little glimpse of your life after movies.We do not wish to intrude on your privacy,just a little note on your life.You made quite an impression on me and a lot of other adoring fans and hope you are as happy now as the smile on my face from the memory of seeing my first crush.

Anonymous said...

Thank you again, Bobby for writing this blog, and for returning my email. I certainly hope, as you said, that Sarah is at peace now. she is just one of those beautiful girls that you never forget. I hope you continue to smile Sarah.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing thread.

Just had a "where are they now" moment whilst watching Caddyshack (for the umpteenth time) and missed a big chunk of the movie reading here!

Sarah enjoy your peace and privacy.

btw, the interest in you and your enduring fame, it is global.

- Adrian, Canberra Australia.

Anonymous said...

Aspetuck, just curious. if your last memories of Sarah are from when you were 13, how do you know that she is no longer with the Marine, and other info that would seem to be recent?

Anonymous said...

http://radaris.com/~Sarah-Holcomb/273324170

Anonymous said...

http://radaris.com/~Sarah-Holcomb/273324170

Anonymous said...

I was travelling through Dinas Powys last Thursday on my way to a darts match. I saw this girl on the side of the road who looked just like Sarah Holcomb. So I stopped and asked her. "Are you Sarah Holcomb?" I asked.
"No", she replied. "I'm Sally Stembridge".
If I was Sarah Holcomb and didn't want to be identified that's exactly the kind of response I'd give.

Dr Foster, Gloucester

Anonymous said...

That's odd. if you look up Sally Stembridge on google, it shows the Stembridge name, with relatives with the last name Holcomb.

Aspetuck Watchman said...

If I were Sally Stembridge, that's EXACTLY the response I'd give.

It's rather unlikely that Sarah was walking alone in the south of Wales a week or two ago.


Danny said...

I know that people are very interested in Sarah, but even if, by some small chance, you did see her, don't you think with all of the posts that we have seen here, that she just wants to be left alone? she seems to not want to be recognized. It would be great to just say hello, walk away, and not tell anybody you even saw her. I am sure she wouldn't post that she saw you, would she?

Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't she be in Dinas Powys? It's a lovely part of the world. Now I think about it, it didn't really look like her so it probably was Sally Stembridge after all.

Dr Foster, Gloucester.

Anonymous said...

Great thread and amazing that it has run for years! Like everyone I came across while watching the movie. I too hope she has found some peace and happiness.

Aspetuck Watchman said...

> Why wouldn't she be in Dinas Powys? It's a lovely part of the world.

Well, it's not impossible - just (as I said) unlikely.

Speaking for myself, I'd LOVE to go there - haven't been to the UK in 40 years, and have never been to Wales.

I do suspect that the good doctor is messing with us. :-)

Doctor Foster
Went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And never went there again!

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful and talented woman.Mental illness is such a devastating thing to deal with and I hope she has found peace in her life.Good luck in your future endeavours Sarah

Anonymous said...

Chris Miller sounds like a really compassionate guy. I certainly wish only the best for beautiful Sarah, but I also wish that someone had watched out for her. she deserved that much.

Doug said...

Just watched "Caddyshack" for the first time tonight. The film was on sale at the store. When I first saw her in the movie I immediately thought, wow she looks just like a girlfriend I had in middle school!! Haha, but alas..no not the same girl. But, like with Sarah, I don't know what ever happened to her. So if you ever read this Kristina Taylor Brown..I miss you and hope your life is happy and your mother is out of prison.

Anonymous said...

Wow...
Like many commenters here...
I too found this blog because I was trying to find out who Sarah was and what she has been up to.
I have watched Animal House ever since it was on DVD and every time I watched it...I asked myself...where have I seen her before?
Last night, for some strange reason, I wanted to see the movie again but on my computer while working at home.
So I downloaded it.
Once again, I saw Sarah and asked the same question.
Some Googling found me here.
I too had no idea she was Maggie on Caddyshack, which I learned last night.
I do hope she is doing well..

Ryan M said...

I certainly hope Sarah is doing well, she was such a terrific actress and very lovely.

BeenAroundTheBlock said...

I know her cousin. I met Sarah at her cousins wedding years ago. About 7 years after ANIMAL HOUSE, CADDYSHACK, etc. She was gone. Didn't know where she was, who she was, what was going on. I've asked about her but the family..........that's the response. Very sad as many have said.

Grateful Web said...

Well, you guessed it. I ended up on this site because I was wondering what happened to Sarah Holcomb after watching Animal House tonight.

It makes sense that everyone ends up here because there is so little info about her, post Caddyshack (1980).

It's also pretty incredible that there is practically NO INFO about her or images of her after 1980, made available by Google. If she's truly trying to remain anonymous, she's doing a good job at it.

I wish her the best and hope she is well.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to her. I work with mental illness and know how ill people get. Great article

Anonymous said...

It is pretty astonishing that this thread has been going on now or six years! These posts by former friends from Mexico and people who grew up with her, know her relatives and have actually seen her, are all plausible, as well as the original train story. Great thread! One of the most compelling was this one, "I know her cousin. I met Sarah at her cousins wedding years ago. About 7 years after ANIMAL HOUSE, CADDYSHACK, etc. She was gone. Didn't know where she was, who she was, what was going on. I've asked about her but the family..........that's the response.". WOW!
I couldn't help but think of the Amanda Peterson story while reading this. She was the beautiful blonde in 'Can't Buy Me Love'. Been trying to figure out for years whatever happened to her. She was friends with some friends of mine in Los Angeles back in the early 90's. She dropped off the radar and left the business completely. Moved back to her hometown in Colorado. Drug use and an array of problems have been reported. Very similar cases. Both gorgeous and both talented actresses who dropped out of sight. Here's some interesting info on Peteson's whereabouts now. This IMDB thread is equally fascinating.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000584/board/?ref_=nm_ql_3

Anonymous said...

The information about retrovirus and schizoid disorders above is highly misleading. There is a probable relationship between retrovirus presence and MS, and there MAY be a loose relationship between that and a few MS-related schizoid episodic behaviors. That is our focus. Environmental factors such as substance abuse complicate the picture almost hopelessly, and there is no such cure as suggested by the above poster in the forseeable future

Anonymous said...

fascinating....je me soviens, all over again

Anonymous said...

Seems like hundreds of people "knew" Sarah Holcomb, or "ran" into her, or were here classmate in high school, or gave her a ride, or had lunch with her, etc. Some here want us to believe they know exactly what happened to her; most of the posts on this board are utter malarkey, beginning with the guy who started it all, the one who claims he ran into her on a train or some such thing. I would discount most of the posts here that claim the poster acted with Holcomb in some little "skit," somewhere or other, or that they know she has a couple of kids, or that they know she is living a wonderful life someplace, or that they're sure Hollywood dropped her after "Caddyshack," and she fell into obscurity (not likely, as she was "hot" at the time of "Caddyshack" and Hollywood does not drop hot properties), and all the rest of the nonsense that people CLAIM to know. It's all bunk. And no, I'm not Sarah Holcomb, so you can put that one to rest too.

Anonymous said...

Caddyshack and Animal House are two of my all time favorite comedies that I have watched over and over since they first came out. I remember finding out a few years ago that Sarah Holcomb played Maggie and the mayors daughter and being surprised. Her on-screen personality was quite dynamic as apparently was her off-screen persona. Hopefully she is doing well and is living in peace. I am also amazed at the longevity of this thread

Anonymous said...

Caddyshack and Animal House are two of my all time favorite comedies that I have watched over and over since they first came out. I remember finding out a few years ago that Sarah Holcomb played Maggie and the mayors daughter and being surprised. Her on-screen personality was quite dynamic as apparently was her off-screen persona. Hopefully she is doing well and is living in peace. I am also amazed at the longevity of this thread

Anonymous said...

OK, it's now been over 7 years since Bobby posted his story about his experience with Sarah. After watching CaddyShack tonight, I had to "research" why her photo was missing from IMBD - like so many other curious fans, I landed here.

After reading all the (mostly fascinating) entries, my take is:

1. I'm convinced Bobby's account is true.
2. Sarah is dealing with a life-long struggle that most of us cannot even begin to understand.
3. Most everyone posting here truly has her best interests in their hearts - and since it is clear she wants to be left alone, we should all stop being so inquisitive about her health/whereabouts/etc.
4. Sarah. we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers - and I expect this blog to keep going in perpetuity due to folks like me that are just being naturally curious about your disappearance, your wonderful (but unfortunately for us too few) performances, people who have had people who have had personal interactions with you.
All the best, Greg

Bill M said...

Sarah, Yeah, the movies were funny. You reminded me of another beauty I loved but lost. I quit drinking 12 years ago due to ulcers and found out that it was such a pain reliever of a real problem--neurological disease, no treatment other than--what? More pain killers, this time Rx drugs. God love you.

Anonymous said...

Sarah, if you read this, those few short years may seem so brief and inconsequential to your whole life. However, your works from that time have become a part of Americana. Many of us guys who were young then had a crush on you from your screen work. I hope you are well and it would be so cool to see you publicly again, if only briefly. It seems like there is something missing, yet to be completed from your work when you were so young. If not, we understand. Don't be ashamed of substance abuse or any illness you may have suffered from. It happens to many of us.

Thank You for blessing us with your talents and beauty.

Anonymous said...

Has no one contacted her brother David through Twitter? He seems readily accessible.

Anonymous said...

If she wants to maintain her current private life, I would imagine her brother will respect that and not make any comments. Think about how invasive the celebrity media can be. She may have good reason to maintain her privacy. As far as we know, she could be in a catatonic state, or she could be very normal at this point, and just want her privacy. It may remain a mystery.

Anonymous said...

This is some fascinating reading--I just finished watching Animal House and was on IMDB checking out the actors, when it dawned on me that Sarah was Maggie in Caddyshack too. The accent must've thrown me.
I've watched them both numerous times and never made the connection until today, which led me to this blog. I cannot believe how long this thread is and how many years old it is.
The internet can be both good and bad. Here is a case of it being good.Thanks everyone for posting.

Anonymous said...

Really just an interesting thread.. No idea how much of it is true, but reads like it is.

Will say i never would have made the connection between Sarah's roles in CS and AH...She was terrific.

Paul Thomas said...

Sarah had a lot of talent. Surely there was so much more to come. Hopefully she's happy and healthy with lots of family and friends who truly have her best interests at heart.
Cheers

Anonymous said...

It's comforting to read the posts of so many who were attracted to Sarah Halcomb's role in Animal House (and Caddyshack) that they would express their remembrances, thoughts and good wishes here. Not ever having known who she was before Animal House, I re-ran the credits twice to extract her name from the cast. I was absolutely fascinated by her character in A.H. It appears that we all have this in common: that she affected us enough so that we took the time to express our affection, good wishes, memories and hopes that she is now happy and enjoying her life, hopefully now free of the inevitable disruptions and possibly destructive effects on her recovery that could result were information about her whereabouts and other details were publicly revealed. I sincerely hope that fans and and others of us who remain curious (even fascinated by her) will respect her privacy and keep any information that might disrupt her life to themselves. Thanks to all of you for such heartfelt posts.

Anonymous said...

It's comforting to read the posts of so many who were attracted to Sarah Halcomb's role in Animal House (and Caddyshack) that they would express their remembrances, thoughts and good wishes here. Not ever having known who she was before Animal House, I re-ran the credits twice to extract her name from the cast. I was absolutely fascinated by her character in A.H. It appears that we all have this in common: that she affected us enough so that we took the time to express our affection, good wishes, memories and hopes that she is now happy and enjoying her life, hopefully now free of the inevitable disruptions and possibly destructive effects on her recovery that could result were information about her whereabouts and other details were publicly revealed. I sincerely hope that fans and and others of us who remain curious (even fascinated by her) will respect her privacy and keep any information that might disrupt her life to themselves. Thanks to all of you for such heartfelt posts.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Weston and was in her older brother Tim's class at Weston High School. The family lived in Mexico in the early 1970's because Mrs H's parents lived there and when Mr H lost his job in the recession (like a lot of other fathers in town), they rented out their Weston house and moved to stay with the grandparents for a while in Mexico. If you thought Sarah was pretty, you should have seen her mother, Peg. They did return to Weston after a few years and Sarah had one of the leads in a summertime production of Guys and Dolls. Yes, she could sing! There was a LOT of drug use in Fairfield County, where there is a lot of affluence and not a lot of things to do locally and many families went through a lot of grief with their kids - and still do. I had friends who spent time at Silver Hill. It was always very hush hush back then. One thing to consider is that heavy drug and alcohol use prematurely ages people to the point they become almost unrecognizeable. When a pretty girl loses her looks, she's not likely to want to make a comeback, even if she is "healthy" and doing well, so it makes perfect sense to me that she would keep a low profile. Both of her brothers have had careers in acting and her older brother is a drama teacher now. They were an awfully nice family, well known and liked in town, with more than their fair share of heartache.

SamG said...

The entertainment industry is a very tough place for many people. It attracts the type of people who are unconventional and "a bit off" in one or many dimensions. It also is a ruthless business. Cutthroat. And the non-performer/non-talent component of the industry is populated with many unsavory and unethical people.

I did not know Sarah before Animal House, so I can't speak to whether she had a pre-existing mental illness, although from these posts it sounds as though there were signs even back in high school. I don't know. But Sarah was not a sophisticated girl that was savvy to the world in which she found herself after Animal House. She was wholly unprepared for the type of people into whose orbits she had been propelled.

Sadly, some uncouth people in the entertainment biz see a beautiful young woman, naive, affable (too much so for her own good), and ambitious as a target for their own use and amusement. Sarah had several such people who hurt her badly, and I believe this was the straw that broke the camel's back so to speak. I only knew her briefly, but I am aware that she was treated badly by a few people who did not have her best interests at heart and contributed to her disintegration. I believe she retreated from our reality in part as a defense mechanism, as this reality was not treating her very well at the time. Indeed, it treated her horrifically in some events which I shant mention as they are not public.

Suffice to say, she may have been imbalanced before her motion picture debut, but it was the circumstances and people she found herself thrown into afterward which, I am certain, caused the break. It was not her fault and perhaps not her destiny, had it not been for that damned movie which we all love.

I am glad to hear she is in seclusion away from NYC and LA. That is where she should stay. Sarah is a great talent, but not a person who should be exposed to the types of people who inhabit this business at the professional level in major media. I would also add that whereas Sarah was a good soul and guileless person, John Belushi was not. John was not a victim of the industry or the drug culture of the time - John was a victim of John, and I am convinced that he would have met the same end no matter which route he followed, even if he had never been successful or famous. I'm surprised he lived as long as he did.



Anonymous said...

The amazing thing about her story and this thread is that nobody seems to know anything. Its amazing that she really disappeared like this. Sure people knew her before she became famous etc, but nobody has since identified her? You'd think somebody would have tracked her down, snapped a photo, something. After all, she is famous. Anyway, this leads me to believe that something very bad happened.

Moviemike10 said...

what a great story. I'm currently working on a book about the making of the film "Jaws 2", in which Sarah was originally cast. Would love to speak with her about the experience but will obviously observe her request for privacy. I'm glad that when I do mention her I can end with the fact that she is, in fact, doing well and is happy. A great ending to a sad story. If one of the posters here does actually know Sarah, please pass on to her that the friends she made during the making of the film remember her fondly and wish her nothing but happiness. Thank you.

Nik said...

This has got to be the most amazing thread I've ever read. I've been going through it from beginning to end, assuming within the seven year block, she appears.

No trace. It's creepy, but amazing.

Anonymous said...

i am, apparently, schizophrenic and the people next door are assholes . True story ....that is all ....FOR NOW

Anonymous said...

Well, I lived in Stamford CT and met Sarah through some of my friends as we were close in age. I very much do believe the story of author meeting her on the Train from New York, because that is quite typical of the area.

There are a lot of Hollywood, TV, Recording Artists, and Sports personalities and celebrities who live in CT and commute back and forth to the Apple.

Once in a while you will have an encounter or see them someplace familiar like at a super market, at a restaurant or on the train to the City. So this story of meeting Sarah sounds quite true, accurate and believable.

Sarah was part of my circle of friends for a while for a period of four or five months. Then she stopped showing up and that was that.

She was 25 when I met her and she could be fun to be around. She didn't come off as a "celebrity" or someone with a huge ego, just because she had played a few roles in the movies. She also seemed to have a chip on her shoulder because of her involvement with the Hollywood/ SNL crowd.

Animal House was playing on TV this afternoon and began wondering about what happened to her too and found this blog. Last time I saw her, she was talking about possibly going back to school or doing something with her life, but she didn't know what that would be exactly. She was just ready for change in her life.

I respected her privacy and didn't try to stay in touch with her. But I hope she is OK and doing well.


Bobby said...

Editors comment: I recently received a comment which listed the town where Sarah is living now. I chose not to publish it, so as to protect her privacy.

Anonymous said...

It is amazing that this woman has become an urban legend. I truly hope that she is alive and well and living a happy "normal" life. Keep your obscurity Ms Sarah - sometimes not knowing is all the more intriguing :)

Anonymous said...

I was watching a movie called “Path of Destruction,” and there was an actor who looked like “Flounder.” Well, I went to IMDB and sure enough it was him - Stephen Furst.

I then went to Animal House on IDMB and went through the entire cast reminiscing about so many of the scenes that we will never forget and I couldn’t find a photo of Sarah.

Eventually I did find this one http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1486474752/nm0390106?ref_=nmmi_mi_all_sf_1

I would say that this is Sarah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e6PPxqO8oE

This too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gNMKaySmRE

God Bless you Sarah and I hope all is well.

Steven said...

Seeing Sarah in Caddyshack brings a great quote from Leslie Nielsen in Naked Gun to mind: "She was the kind of woman who made you want to drop to your knees and thank God you were a man!."

There is just something serene, nostalgic, innocent and incredible about her eyes and smile that I can't explain. I'd have to say she is a tie with Mary Stuart Masterson as the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. Both are such classic beauties.

http://i.imgur.com/vvqAm.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DkL2F8tLwz8/Tr5vqmO9xgI/AAAAAAAAVxc/vhlBtJA0Wjs/s1600/Caddyshk2_002Pyxurz.jpg

That's a face any man could fall in love with for the rest of his life.

May you be full of happiness and love, Sarah. God bless you.

Colin said...

I actually posted a link to this page. The comments section has a supernatural, immortality to it.

Sarah was a good actress. I hope she is doing well and feeling loved.

shane said...

I have just bought the movie stateside and in special features under director interview tells ALL the marine was the director of the film and they never reunited after he left for war again its all in special features of the disc

Oilpressure said...

I don't claim to know Sarah, nor know anyone that has ever seen her. But I find the original post to sound authentic and I believe it fully. It is interesting to read all of the accounts of those that knew her. I tend to believe that most of them are authentic, as well - although I'm sure a few may have been fabricated.

Why a few slugs feel the need to accuse people of making this up is beyond reason. It's the good and bad of the Internet. Thanks to those that posted your accounts and recollections. I found them fascinating.

NICK said...

I have this page saved to my favorites and I check it about once a week. This is one of the more fascinating finds i've ever stumbled across on the internet. I've been lurking here for over a year now.

Sarah is in my two favorite comedies of all time, Happy Birthday, Gemini and Walk Proud.

J/K y'all. I'm talkin' Animal House and Caddyshack...

A documentary on Sarah must happen. I know she wants to keep her anonymity, but c'mon...This comment thread alone is more interesting than anything I've seen.

One day maybe...

Rhonda C. Poynter said...

Schizophrenia runs rampant in my own family; my father, sister and son were all diagnosed at young ages. I have learned through the years that medication issues, diet and other factors can 'skitter' a schizophrenic's capability to function, and what always crosses my mind regarding Sarah is the absolute verification through producers of CS, etc. That she fell into a rough crowd, and pretty much went right off the cliff, so to speak. If she were already an undiagnosed schizophrenic when she had her first partying event, God knows what it did to this fragile angel. I remember literally becoming airborne one night at my home when my sister was visiting; she noticed that l had NyQuil on the counter and could she take some for her cold? I had it out of her hand so fast that you should have been able to see smoke. Point being, one wrong place and time may have been all that was needed to take Sarah from a functional level of illness to straight darkness. I found this thread while researching an Article on AH, and it has just broken my heart...the already injured angels seem to be the ones to be abused even more so, sometimes. Sarah, l wish for you a soft place to have landed, light and love.

Brooklyn Blood said...

Oh the boyhood crush I had on her!