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Overview (5)

Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA
Died in Altadena, California, USA  (road accident)
Birth NameDorothy Dell Goff
Nickname Mickey Bell
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Dorothy Dell was born to Elbert and Lillan Goff in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on January 30, 1915. She won the most beautiful baby in Hattiesburg beauty contest when she was thirteen months old. She lived in New Orleans from the age of ten. She attended the Sophie Wright High School for girls. Winning the Miss New Orleans title, when she was fifteen, she went on a Fanchon and Marco vaudeville tour for six months. She got a job with the Ziegfield Follies of 1931 when she arrived in New York City. She sang a solo, "Was I Drunk?", in the production. All of her films at Paramount were released in 1934. She died that year in an automobile accident on June 8, 1934, She had left an all-night party at an inn in Altadena and was going to Pasadena in the wee hours when the car left the highway, hit a telephone pole, bounced off a palm tree and hit a boulder. Miss Dell was killed instantly. Her date, Dr. Carl Wagner, who was driving, died several hours later.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Dorothy Dell was born Dorothy Dell Goff in Hattiesburg Mississippi, on January 20, 1915. Her family later moved to New Orleans where she became friends with Dorothy Lamour . The two girls dreamed of becoming actresses together. Dorothy began entering beauty pageants when she was a teenager and in 1930 she was crowned Miss Universe. She moved to New York City where she appeared in The Ziegfeld Follies. Dorothy fell in love with singer Russ Columbo but their romance was short-lived. At the age of eighteen she went to Hollywood and was quickly signed by Paramount Studios. She was given a prominent role in the 1934 film Wharf Angel. Her performance earned rave reviews and critics predicted Dorothy would become a big star. She worked with Shirley Temple in Little Miss Marker and with Lew Cody in Shoot The Works. In the Spring of 1934 it was announced she would play the lead in the drama Now and Forever. Dorothy's career was taking off and she had finally found true love. She became engaged to a caricaturist named Nat Carr and was busy planning their wedding. On June 8, 1934 she attended a party with her friend Dr. Carl Wagner. While driving home at 1:00 AM the car hit a boulder and flipped over several times. Dorothy was killed instantly. She was just nineteen years old. Dr. Wagner, who was driving the car, died several hours later. Dorothy is buried at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Elizabeth Ann

Trivia (12)

Stage actress.
Was Miss New Orleans, 1930. She beat out 74 other contestants, including a pre-fame Dorothy Lamour, who would win the title the following year. The two would become long-term friends.
Attended the wake for Lew Cody in Los Angeles, shortly before her own untimely death.
Two years after her death, it was reported that Dressing Room Number 101 on the Paramount lot was still vacant. The dressing room, originally built for Pola Negri, had acquired a "bad-luck" reputation. Irene Dunne and Gladys Swarthout both declined to use it.
Nearly two years after her death, Dell was still receiving fan mail at the Hollywood Post Office.
News of Dell's unexpected death devastated Shirley Temple, causing production of Now and Forever (1934) to be temporarily suspended.
Signed a long-term contract with Paramount pictures October 17, 1933.
Worked with famous choreographic duo Fanchon & Marco in 1930, appearing in pre-film dance prologues at Fox-Wilson Theater in Fresno, California.
Was related to the late U.S. Senator Guy Shepard Goff of West Virginia and Judge John W. Goff of the Supreme Court of New York. Her great grandfather was reportedly a cousin of Jefferson Davis.
Services were held for her in Hollywood on June 10, where her old friend Ruth Etting sang "The Rosary.".
At the time of her death she had been next scheduled to star opposite Gary Cooper in another Shirley Temple vehicle, Now and Forever (1934). The part went to Carole Lombard instead.
She announced her engagement to caricaturist Nat Carr just days before her death.

Personal Quotes (1)

[in 1930] I am going to be a real actress. Not just one more actress, but a real, honest-to-goodness actress like Marie Dressler.

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