Dorothy Lee: The Life and Films of the Wheeler and Woolsey Girl

Dorothy Lee: The Life and Films of the Wheeler and Woolsey Girl

by Jamie Brotherton, Ted Okuda


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Dorothy Lee: The Life and Films of the Wheeler and Woolsey Girl by Jamie Brotherton, Ted Okuda

Dorothy Lee is best remembered for her screen appearances with the popular comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey. She went from being a struggling vaudeville performer to the female vocalist in one of the most successful bands in the country to a star in the new-fangled “talking pictures” all within the span of a few short years. During the Great Depression, she lived a fairy-tale existence, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood luminaries and earning an income that most people could only dream of. She retired and balanced domestic life with charity work. And she saw, to her amazement, a revived interest in the movie career she had written off long ago. Based on years of conversations between the authors and Dorothy Lee, this book is an informative biography filled with revealing insights on navigating the studio system during Hollywood’s Golden Age and the ephemeral nature of fame.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786433636
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/15/2013
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jamie Brotherton is a journalist and film historian whose articles and interviews have appeared in such publications as Antique Trader, Comics Buyers Guide, Classic Images, and Filmfax. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ted Okuda is a Chicago-based film historian whose articles have appeared in such publications as Nostalgia Digest, Filmfax, and Classic Images.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword Nick Santa Maria 1

Preface 3

1 Do Something: Presenting Marjorie Millsap 5

2 I Want the World to Know: Broadway Baby 13

3 Sweetheart, We Need Each Other: Boys Meet Girl 21

4 Whistling the Blues Away: The Star Treatment 37

5 You've Got What Gets Me: Parting Company 57

6 Niagara Falls to Reno: A Star Without a Studio 69

7 Keep on Doin' What You're Doin': Back with the Boys 83

8 Isn't Love the Grandest Thing? Marriage Between Movies 97

9 My One Ambition Is You: Motherhood, Matrimony and Retirement 113

10 I Love You So Much: Kindred Spirits in the Autumn Years 123

11 Dilly Dally: An Unexpected Rediscovery 133

12 Dance and Let the World Dance with You: A Final Bow 139

Afterword 143

Filmography 147

Chapter Notes 179

Bibliography 181

Index 183

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