In the late 1950s Gidget, whose acual name is Kathy Kohner Zuckerman (*1941), was one of the first surfer girls at Malibu Surfrider Beach. Her story became really popular worldwide through the novel "Gidget", which was written by her father Friedrich Kohner. In the book he based the plot on his daughter´s stories about her Malibu time.
Through the stories Kathy told and by perusing her diaries, he wrote "Gidget: The Little Girl with the Big Ideas" selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. In 1959 Columbia Pictures adapted the novel for a film starring Sandra Dee. Two others followed: “Gidget Goes Hawaiian” and “Gidget Goes to Rome.”
Then the TV series “Gidget” with Sally Field came, followed by the TV movies “Gidget Gets Married”, “Gidget Grows Up”, “Gidget’s Summer Reunion” and in the 1980s the TV series "The New Gidget".
Although she did not really surf again until 2001, she has continued to associate with her surfing companions, very influential surfers from her time in Malibu, such as Miki Dora, Mike Doyle and Tom Morey.
In 2011 Kathy was inducted as "Woman of the Year" on the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California.