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Dorothy Wilson (I) (1909–1998)

This quiet, dark-haired beauty began her brief 30s career promoted as the "secretary to the stars." Dorothy Wilson started life out in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 14, 1909, born to non-professionals. She herself demonstrated little interest in an acting career growing up. Following graduation she took various secretarial jobs in the Chicago... See full bio »

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Known For

In Old Kentucky
In Old Kentucky Nancy Martingale
Scarlet River
Scarlet River Judy Blake
Before Dawn
Before Dawn Patricia
The Milky Way
The Milky Way Polly Pringle


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (21 credits)
 1943 Whistling in Brooklyn
Radio Quartette Member (uncredited)
 1937 Speed to Spare
Eileen Hart
 1936 Craig's Wife
Ethel Landreth
 1936 Hollywood Boulevard
Undetermined Minor Role (scenes deleted)
 1936 The Milky Way
Polly Pringle
 1935 In Old Kentucky
Nancy Martingale
 1935 Bad Boy
Sally Larkin
 1935 The Last Days of Pompeii
 1935 Circus Shadows
Elaine Cavanaugh
 1935 One in a Million
Dorothy 'Babe' Brooks
 1935 When a Man's a Man
Kitty Baldwin
 1934 The White Parade
Zita Scofield
 1934 The Merry Widow
Maxim Girl (uncredited)
 1934 His Greatest Gamble
Alice Stebbins
 1934 Eight Girls in a Boat
Christa Storm
 1933 Above the Clouds
 1933 Before Dawn
 1933 Scarlet River
Judy Blake
 1933 Lucky Devils
Fran Whitley
 1932 Men of America
 1932 The Age of Consent
Betty Cameron
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5' 1½" (1.56 m)

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I wasn't cut out to be an actress and I never meant to continue. It seemed to me very much like hard work and long hours with very good pay. See more »


Ida Lupino was initially cast in The Milky Way (1936) until illness forced Dorothy to replace her. See more »

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