Dorothy Peterson (I) (1897–1979)

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Dorothy Peterson was born on December 25, 1897 in Hector, Minnesota, USA as Bergetta Peterson. She was an actress, known for Dark Victory (1939), The Beast of the City (1932) and Saboteur (1942). She was married to Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams. She died on October 3, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Dark Victory Miss Wainwright
The Beast of the City Mary Fitzpatrick
Saboteur Mrs. Mason
Too Many Husbands Gertrude Houlihan


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 1964 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Caldwell
- Hi, Society (1964) ... Mrs. Caldwell
 1963 Escala en Hi-Fi (unconfirmed)
 1959 Naked City (TV Series)
Mrs. Graither
- Burst of Passion (1959) ... Mrs. Graither
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series)
- My Kewpie Doll (1955)
 1954 Janet Dean, Registered Nurse (TV Series)
Mrs. Kennedy
- The Kennedy Case (1954) ... Mrs. Kennedy
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- The Vault (1953)
 1951-1953 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Night Song (1951)
 1953 Lincoln's Little Correspondent (TV Movie)
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- The Return of Ulysses (1952) ... Wife
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- The Lonely (1952)
 1952 Suspense (TV Series)
Mrs. Morgan
- North of Shanghai (1952) ... Mrs. Morgan
 1951 Martin Kane (TV Series)
Mrs. Heyward
- A Jockey Is Murdered (1951) ... Mrs. Heyward
 1951 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Sisters (1951)
- Hour of Destiny (1951)
 1951 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Muriel McComber
- Ah, Wilderness! (1951) ... Muriel McComber
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Julia Gibbs
- Our Town (1950) ... Julia Gibbs
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
- The Box Supper (1950)
 1950 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Studio One (TV Series)
 1947 That Hagen Girl
Minta Hagen
 1946 Sister Kenny
 1946 Canyon Passage
Mrs. Dance (uncredited)
 1944 Faces in the Fog
Mrs. Mason
 1944 The Woman in the Window
Mrs. Wanley
 1944 When the Lights Go on Again
Mrs. Clara Benson
 1944 Mr. Skeffington
 1944 This Is the Life
Aunt Betsy
 1943 Reconnaissance Pilot (Documentary short)
Mrs. Cummings (uncredited)
 1943 This Is the Army
Mrs. Nelson
 1943 The Moon Is Down
Mother (uncredited)
 1943 Air Force
Mrs. Chester (uncredited)
 1942 The Man in the Trunk
Lola DeWinters
 1942 Saboteur
Mrs. Mason
 1941 Uncle Joe
Margaret Day
 1941 Henry Aldrich for President
Mrs. Aldrich
 1941 Ride, Kelly, Ride
Mrs. Martin
 1941 Cheers for Miss Bishop
Mrs. Bishop
 1940 Five Little Peppers in Trouble
Mrs. Pepper
 1940 Out West with the Peppers
Mrs. Pepper
 1940 Women in War
Sister Frances
 1940 Lillian Russell
Cynthia Leonard
 1940 Too Many Husbands
Gertrude Houlihan
 1940 Five Little Peppers at Home
Mrs. Pepper
 1939 Sabotage
Edith Grayson
 1939 Two Bright Boys
Kathleen O'Donnell
 1939 Dark Victory
Miss Wainwright
 1939 The Flying Irishman
Mrs. Edith Corrigan - Doug's Mother (uncredited)
 1938 Girls on Probation
Jane Lennox
 1938 Breaking the Ice
Annie Decker
 1938 Hunted Men
Mary Harris
 1937 52nd Street
Adela Rondell
 1937 Confession
Mrs. Koslov
 1937 Girl Loves Boy
Mrs. McCarthy
 1937 Her Husband Lies
Dorothy Powell
 1937 Under Cover of Night
Susan Nash
 1936 Reunion
Katherine Kennedy
 1936 The Devil Is a Sissy
Mrs. Jennie Stevens (uncredited)
 1936 The Country Doctor
Nurse Katherine Kennedy
 1935 Man of Iron
Bessie Bennett
 1935 Freckles
Mrs. Duncan
 1935 Pursuit
Mrs. McCoy
 1935 Laddie
Mrs. Stanton
 1935 Sweepstake Annie
Mrs. Henry Foster
 1935 Society Doctor
Mrs. Harrigan
 1934 Peck's Bad Boy
Aunt Lily Clay
 1934 Treasure Island
Mrs. Hawkins
 1934 Side Streets
Mrs. Richards
 1934 Uncertain Lady
Cicily Prentiss
 1934 Men in White
Nurse Mary (uncredited)
 1934 As the Earth Turns
Mil Shaw
 1934 Beloved
Baroness Irene von Hausmann
 1933 Big Executive
Mrs. Sarah Conway
 1933 I'm No Angel
 1933 The Mayor of Hell
Mrs. Smith
 1933 Hold Me Tight
Mary Shane (uncredited)
 1933 Reform Girl
Mrs. Putnam
 1933 The Billion Dollar Scandal
Mrs. Jackson (scenes deleted)
 1932 Call Her Savage
Silas' Wife
 1932 Payment Deferred
Annie Marble
 1932 The Cabin in the Cotton
Lilly Blake
 1932 Life Begins
A Patient
 1932 Thrill of Youth
Seena Sherwood
 1932 Attorney for the Defense
Mrs. Wallace
 1932 Night World
Edith Blair
 1932 When a Feller Needs a Friend
Mrs. Margaret Randall
 1932 So Big!
Maartje Pool
 1932 Business and Pleasure
Mrs. Jane Olsen Tinker
 1932 She Wanted a Millionaire
Mrs. Miller
 1932 The Beast of the City
Mary Fitzpatrick
 1932 Forbidden
 1932 Emma
Mrs. Winthrop (uncredited)
 1931 Rich Man's Folly
Katherine Trumbull
 1931 Way Back Home
Rose Clark
 1931 Skyline
Rose Breen
 1931 Penrod and Sam
Mrs. Schofield
 1931 Bought!
Mrs. Dale
 1931 The Reckless Hour
Mrs. Susie Jennison
 1931 Traveling Husbands
Martha Hall
 1931 Party Husband
 1931 Up for Murder
Mrs. Marshall
 1930 Mothers Cry
Mary Williams
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Character actress of Swedish ancestry, who after her movie debut in the 1930 melodrama 'Mothers Cry', was henceforth typecast to play long-suffering mothers and wives. Studied at Columbia University, New York, and appeared on Broadway from 1924 to 1930. Notable roles in 'Dracula' (as Lucy Seward, 1927-8) and 'Subway Express' (1929, with Helen Mack).

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