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Dorothy Shay (1921–1978)

Dorothy Shay was born on April 11, 1921 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Dorothy Sims. She was an actress, known for The Waltons (1971), Comin' Round the Mountain (1951) and Matinee Theatre (1955). She was married to Dick Looman. She died on October 22, 1978 in Santa Monica, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

The Waltons Thelma
Matinee Theatre Actress
The Red Skelton Hour Guest Vocalist


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 1976-1978 The Waltons (TV Series)
- The Return (1978) ... Thelma
- The Ordeal (1978) ... Thelma
- The Milestone (1977) ... Thelma
- The Children's Carol (1977) ... Thelma
- The Battle of Drucilla's Pond (1977) ... Thelma
 1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Claire Dodsman
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
The Mother
- Nothing Left to Lose (1975) ... The Mother
 1974 Mixed Company
 1974 The Brady Bunch (TV Series)
Frances Mathews
- The Hustler (1974) ... Frances Mathews
 1973 Room 222 (TV Series)
Thelma Fitch
- El Greco to Jason (1973) ... Thelma Fitch
 1973 The World's Greatest Athlete
Undetermined Secondary Role
 1970 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Mrs. Green
- Log 75: Have a Nice Weekend (1970) ... Mrs. Green
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Widow Krebs
- You Can Lead a Horse to Water (1970) ... Widow Krebs
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1954 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Guest Vocalist
- USO Thanksgiving (1954) ... Guest Vocalist
 1951 Comin' Round the Mountain
Dorothy McCoy
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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. See more »


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.


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