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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 11 April 1921Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Date of Death 22 October 1978Santa Monica, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameDorothy Sims
Nickname The Park Avenue Hillbillie

Mini Bio (1)

Dorothy Shay was born on April 11, 1921 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Dorothy Sims. She was an actress, known for Comin' Round the Mountain (1951), Mixed Company (1974) and The World's Greatest Athlete (1973). She was married to Dick Looman. She died on October 22, 1978 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Dick Looman (1958 - 1959) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

As a singer in the '40's, sang humorous "hillbilly" songs, while dressed to the nines in an evening gown. Very similar to her role in Comin' Round the Mountain.

Trivia (2)

Early in her career, she took acting lessons in an attempt to lose her Southern drawl, so that she wouldn't seem like a hick when auditioning for singing jobs. During WWII, she sang with the USO. After the war, she was the singer with the Morton Gould Orchestra. One evening, for an encore, she sang a rube novelty song, "Uncle Fud", it was a hit, and her career took off.
Her 1947 recording of "Feudin' and Fightin'" reached the top 5 on both the country and pop charts. She was a regular on Spike Jones' radio show. Eisenhower was a fan, and she was asked to perform at his inaugural ball in 1953.

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