Lassie turns 50
The talented collie had become a full-fledged star with MGM's much-loved Lassie Come Home in 1943 and six more hit movies after that, only to be pink-slipped in 1951.
But Lassie came back. On a Sunday night as the 1954 fall TV season got under way, a new four-legged franchise was born when CBS premiered its Lassie TV series. In the years that followed, the loyal collie would become one of the planet's most beloved animals.
At the peak of Lassie's career, the dog was allowed to travel on airplanes with trainer Rudd Weatherwax, with one airline even calling to find out how the dog would like his steak cooked.
I loved Lassie when i was a kid,,,hehe...i always wanted a dog like her,,but neva got one,,sighs,,,lol