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Dorothy Lee (actress)

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Dorothy Lee May 23, 1911 – June 24, 1999 was an American actress and comedian during the 1930s, usually appearing alongside the popular Wheeler & Woolsey comedy team


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Partial filmography
  • 4 External links


Born Marjorie Elizabeth Millsap in Los Angeles, she started seeking film roles in 1929, after graduating from high school, but ended up in New York City working on the stage At 18, she signed with RKO Radio Pictures and began working with Wheeler & Woolsey; she became so identified with the comedians that she seldom appeared apart from them

She withdrew from the series after producer David O Selznick tampered with her performance in Girl Crazy; she returned when Selznick's successor Mark Sandrich cast her in two well-received features in 1934 RKO replaced her with Mary Carlisle and then Betty Grable, but she returned in 1935 for two final appearances

In the early 1940s, after Robert Woolsey had died, Bert Wheeler was struggling to re-establish himself as a solo performer, and asked Dorothy Lee to tour with him in vaudeville She immediately interrupted her private life to help her old friend

Personal lifeedit

Lee was married six times, including briefly to Hollywood gossip columnist Jimmie Fidler She had four children by her fifth husband - and longest married to - in 1941-1960, Frank John Bersbach, Jr who was a son of Manz Corporation VP Frank John Bersbach, Sr

She died in June 24, 1999, at the age of 88, in San Diego, California from respiratory failure

Partial filmographyedit

  • Syncopation 1929
  • Rio Rita 1929
  • The Cuckoos 1930
  • Dixiana 1930
  • Half Shot at Sunrise 1930
  • Hook, Line and Sinker 1930
  • Cracked Nuts 1931
  • Too Many Cooks 1932
  • Caught Plastered 1931
  • Laugh and Get Rich 1931
  • The Stolen Jools 1931, cameo appearance in short subject
  • Girl Crazy 1932
  • Plane Crazy 1933
  • A Preferred List 1933, lead in short subject
  • Hips, Hips, Hooray! 1934
  • School for Girls 1934
  • Cockeyed Cavaliers 1934
  • The Curtain Falls 1934
  • The Rainmakers 1935
  • Silly Billies 1936
  • Too Many Blondes 1941

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • Dorothy Lee on Internet Movie Database
  • Dorothy Lee at AllMovie
  • Dorothy Lee at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Dorothy Lee at Find a Grave

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