Eerie similarities in the lives of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin

  • Both were married to Ava Gardner.
  • Rin Tin Tin had a handler named Lassie; Lassie had a handler named Rin Tin Tin.
  • Both had older Southern co-stars named Johnson.
  • Both became stars before age 5 and lived to be 14.
  • Both had unsuccessful tryouts for Alpo commercials before becoming stars.
  • Both were played on radio by Orson Welles.
  • Both liked to hang their heads out of car windows.
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