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Dorothy Loudon Biography (1933-)
Born September 17, 1933, in Boston, MA; daughter of James E. (an advertisingmanager for a machine company) and Dorothy Helen (a sheet music demonstratorat Filene's department store; maiden name, Shaw) Loudon; married Norman Paris(a composer, music arranger, and conductor), December 18, 1971 (died, 1977).Addresses: AGENT--Lionel Larner, Ltd., 850 Seventh Avenue, New York,NY 10019.
Dorothy Loudon can be heard singing the best songs of the great masters of theatre music on the series of Ben Bagley "Revisited" albums, many conducted byher late husband, Norman Paris.
She told CTFT: "I'm happiest when I'm onstage. I think that's probably why most people act: it's because they get to be somebody else. I find a strength onstage that I don't have offstage. It's when I have my confidence."
- Birth Details
- September 17, 1933
- Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- BROADWAY DEBUT--In a vaudeville show, Palace Theatre, 1953.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Passionella, The World of Jules Feiffer, pre-Broadway tryout, 1962.
- Wilma Risque, Nowhere to Go But Up, Winter Garden Theatre, 1962.
- Sweet Potato, Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1968.
- Lillian Stone, The Fig Leaves Are Falling, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1969.
- Mabel, Three Men on a Horse, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1969.
- Charlotte Haze, Lolita, My Love, Shubert Theatre, Phildelphia, 1971.
- Beatrice, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, AmericanConservatory Theatre, San Francisco, 1972.
- Edith Potter, The Women, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1973.
- Miss Hannigan, Annie, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1977.
- Bea Asher, Ballroom, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1978.
- Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd, Uris Theatre, New York City, 1980.
- Cara Varnum, West Side Waltz, Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1981.
- Dottie Otley, Noises Off, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1983-84, then Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1985.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Title role, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, stock tour, 1963.
- Reno Sweeney, Anything Goes, stock tour, 1964.
- Ellen Manville, Luv, national tour, 1965.
- Eve, Bar-bara, and Passionella, The Apple Tree, national tour, 1970.
- You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running, national tour, 1970.
- Karen Nach, Muriel Tate, and Norma Hubley, Plaza Suite, national tour, 1971.
- Beatrice, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, 1972.
- Cara Varnum, West Side Waltz, national tour, 1981-82.
- FILM DEBUT--Garbo Talks, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Regular, It's a Business, DuMont, 1952.
- panelist, Laugh Line, NBC, 1959.
- regular, The Garry Moore Show, CBS, 1962-64.
- Dorothy Banks, Dorothy, CBS, 1979. Guest: The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS.
- The Kraft Music Hall, NBC.
- The Dinah Shore Show, NBC.
- "Those Ragtime Years," 1960, "Music of the Thirties," 1961, and "Regardsto George M. Cohan," 1962, all on the DuPont Show of the Month, NBC.
- Also appeared on British television on Gradada at 9:00 and Sunday at thePalladium.
Credits; PRINCIPAL CABARET APPEARANCES
- Nightclub singer and satirist, Ruban Bleu, 1953-58, The Blue Angel, 1953-62, Flamingo Hotel, 1962, Harrah's, Lake Tahoe, NV, 1963.
- Also Mister Kelly's and The Palmer House, both in Chicago, and the Persian Room, Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1964.
- Dorothy Loudon at the Blue Angel, Decca, 1960.
- Also cast albums of Annie and Ballroom, and others; also is a "cover" records singer for RCA.
November 15, 2003: Loudon died on November 15, 2003, in New York, NewYork, of uterine cancer. She was 70. Source: E! Online, www.eonline.com, November 17, 2003; New York Times, November 16, 2003, p. A43; People, December 1, 2003, p. 177.