Bergstrom, Rene Lee

Rene Lee Bergstrom 1945

Rene Lee Bergstrom

Sister of Carmelle Bergstrom

Rene is an artist. She was the 1943 Freshman class Vice President.

From the Mar-Ken 1940 Primary & Junior High Yearbook:
Rene’s poem, “My Birthday” about being born in 1929 appears in the Yearbook.

From the September 28, 1942 & October 13, 1942 Mar-Ken Journals:
Rene Bergstrom is on the Mar-Ken Journal Staff for these issues of the school newspaper.

From the 1942 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High School Yearbook:
•Eighth grade Class Ambitions: Rene Lee, when asked, simply said, “Commercial.”
•Famous Sayin’: Rene  … “Stench! I get to work.” (says she looking at Ceasar’s picture.)
•Class Predictions: Rene … She will be a famous artist or designer.
•Rene Lee wrote an article “Skating Shows of the Year” for the Yearbook.

From the 1943 Mar-Ken School Yearbook, as a Freshman:
Freshman Predictions: RENE BERGSTROM might be drawing fashions for Café Society in New York, trying to satisfy the gals’ desires to look like what they “ain’t”.

From the Crossword Puzzle: She excels in art, and is known as the “Poster Girl”. One of her other talents is playing the piano.

From the 1944 Mar-Ken School Yearbook, Transvia, “Sophomore Biographies”:
RENE BERGSTROM is one of those hard-to-find natives of our Golden State. All of Mar-Ken has enjoyed her art work and appreciated her collection of Alan Ladd pictures. She has held successfully the office of class president.

From the 1945 Mar-Ken School Yearbook, Senior Broadcast page:
RENE BERGSTROM – The artist (and model) whose destiny is to become the Ambassodress to Afghanistan has been a native daughter of L.A. since May 18, 1929. She adores gray, Italarini, and the military Polonaise by Chopin. She can usually be found either drawing posters or making stencils.

Rene was Treasurer of Los Buenos Vecinos (The Good Neighbors, Spanish Club) in 1945.
Nickname: Red
Rene is a member of the Mar-Ken Chapter of the National Honor Society.

The 1949 Mar-Ken School Yearbook has a page describing an alumni event:
In November [1948], the Honor Society gave an “Afternoon of Arts”, which they held at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Looking at it from both an artistic as well as fashionable standpoint, it was indeed a great success.
Mrs. Bessire, who was a very gracious hostess as she greeted the people as they entered the beautiful room, was positively stunning in a long sleeved black silk dress, set off by two rhinestone clips at the waist, a large black feathered hat, black satin slippers and white gloves.
The guest of honor, Renee Lee Bergstrom, whose drawings were exhibited at the gathering should have been rightfully proud, for her work proved the thing we have known for so long, that Mar-Ken students have an abundance of talent. Aside from her artistic ability, Miss. Renee Bergstrom appeared very striking in her red taffeta skirt, set off by a petite black velvet peplum jacket, and a small halo hat with a large red rose to match her skirt…