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Dorothy Wellman

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Dorothy Coonan Wellman November 25, 1913 - September 16, 2009 was an American actress and dancer Wellman was the widow of film director William Wellman, to whom she was married from 1934 until his death in 1975 Wellman cast her in several of his films


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Career highlight
  • 4 Later life and death
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life

Wellman was born Dorothy Coonan in Minneapolis, Minnesota She moved to Los Angeles, California with her family as a child


Her career as a dancer began at the age of 14 with Warner Brothers Studios Her early film credits as an on-screen dancer and actress included small, uncredited parts in such early talkies as The Broadway Melody 1929, Whoopee! 1930, Kiki 1931 Palmy Days 1931, and The Kid from Spain 1932 Her best-known films were 42nd Street 1933 and Gold Diggers of 1933 Many of the films in which she appeared were choreographed by Busby Berkeley

Career highlight

Film director William Wellman cast Coonan as "Sally" in his 1933 film, Wild Boys of the Road This was the only role she played in which she was credited or had a character with a name She makes an uncredited appearance in Wellman's The Story of GI Joe 1945 as an army nurse nicknamed Red who marries a soldier on the battlefield, only to be widowed shortly afterwards

Later life and death

A relationship soon followed and Coonan and Wellman were married in 1934 The couple remained married until she was widowed on December 19, 1975

Dorothy Wellman died in Brentwood, California at the age of 95 in 2009 She was survived by her seven children, twenty-two grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Dorothy Wellman dies at 95" Variety 2009-09-17 Retrieved 2009-09-20 

External links

  • Dorothy Wellman on IMDb
  • Dorothy Coonan - Daily Telegraph obituary

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