July 24, 1920|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 28, 1969
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ivan Tors (m.1955-1969)
(her death) (4 children)
Early life and career
Born in New York City, Dowling was a model and chorus girl before moving to California in 1943. She was the elder sister of actress Doris Dowling. Prior to her move to Hollywood, Dowling appeared in several Broadway productions, including Panama Hattie (with sister Doris), Hold On To Your Hats, and The Strings, My Lord, Are False. Dowling began her screen career appearing in Up in Arms (1944) for Samuel Goldwyn. She appeared in a few films after that, including the film noir Black Angel (1946) but her film career did not advance.
Dowling had been involved in a long affair with married director Elia Kazan in New York. He couldn't bring himself to leave his wife and the affair ended when Dowling went to Hollywood under contract to Goldwyn. She was later linked with Italian poet/novelist Cesare Pavese who committed suicide in 1950 after being rejected by Dowling. One of his last poems is entitled "Death will come and she'll have your eyes".
In 1955, Dowling married film producer Ivan Tors, with whom she had three sons: Steven, David, and Peter Tors, as well as a foster child, Alfred Ndwego of Kenya. She retired from acting after this marriage.
|1944||Up in Arms||Nurse Lt. Mary Morgan|
|Knickerbocker Holiday||Tina Tienhoven|
|1946||The Well-Groomed Bride||Rita Sloane|
|Black Angel||Mavis Marlowe|
|Boston Blackie and the Law||Dinah Moran||Alternative title: Blackie and the Law|
|1947||Addio Mimí!||Student||Alternative title: Her Wonderful Lie|
|Blind Spot||Evelyn Green|
|The Flame||Helen Anderson|
|1948||Città dolente||Lubitza||Alternative title: City of Pain|
|1949||Duello Senza Onore||Olga||Alternative title: Duel Without Honor|
|Follie Per l'Opera||Margaret Jones||Alternative title: Mad About Opera|
|Una Voce nel tuo Cuore||Dolly||Alternative title: A Voice in your Heart|
|1950||My Beautiful Daughter||Lilly|
|La Strada finisce sul fiume||Barbara||Alternative title: Stormbound|
|1951||Nash Airflyte Theatre||TV, 1 episode|
|Pulitzer Prize Playhouse||TV, 1 episode|
|The Adventures of Ellery Queen||TV, 1 episode|
|Cosmopolitan Theatre||TV, 1 episode|
|1951–1952||Lights Out||TV, 2 episodes|
|1953–1954||City Detective||TV, 2 episodes|
|1955||Fireside Theater||Betty||TV, 1 episode|
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