"I surfed at Waikiki on my 60th birthday, but I don't ride the waves much anymore. I spend most of my time up at Duke's Malibu, a restaurant with a surfer theme. I'm a hostess there, and I love every minute of it," says real and grown up Gidget Kathy Kohner Zuckerman in an interview with Coastal Living.
Within ten years of the Gidget movie (1959), based on the book written by Kathy's father, two sequels, a television series, and a telemovie were produced. In 1965, Sally Field played Gidget in an ABC television series that was canceled after one season, being later followed by telemovies with the adult Gidget..., I have yet to see one of these!