Doris Doscher (January 24, 1882 – March 9, 1970) was an American actress and model who appeared in the movie The Birth of a Race (1915), playing the role of "Eve." She posed as Liberty for the American Standing Liberty Quarter (1916–1930) by Hermon Atkins MacNeil. She was also the model for the Pulitzer Fountain of Abundance by Karl Bitter (completed by Isidore Konti and Karl Gruppe in 1915) in front of the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Doscher was a silent film actress who later acted under the name Doris Doree. Doscher wed Dr. H. William Baum, a physical therapist, who had offices at 130 West 42nd Street (Manhattan). When she was chosen by MacNeil to pose for the quarter, she exemplified the highest type of American womanhood. After her career as a professional model, she worked as a newspaper columnist and a radio broadcaster. Beginning in the late 1920s, Doscher wrote a daily column on health and beauty for the New York World. She lectured for years on similar topics.
Later years and death
In 1966 Doscher joined New York City mayor John Lindsay in a ceremony to rename a Queens, New York park after MacNeil. She served as president of the women's auxiliary of the American Naturopathic Association.
Doscher died at a Farmington, New York nursing home in 1970, at the age of 88. Her residence had been 10-27 147th Street, Whitestone, New York. She was survived by her husband, a daughter, and seven grandchildren.
In 1972, however, two years after her death, newspapers reported that the actual model was Broadway actress Irene MacDowell, then aged 92 (she died the following year) whose name was said to have been concealed because her husband (one of MacNeil's tennis partners) disapproved. In an article in the December 2003 edition of The Numismatist, Timothy B. Benford Jr. suggests that the supposed deception was to fool MacNeil's wife, who saw MacDowell as a potential romantic rival. In 1982, however, Doscher's widower stated that despite the MacDowell claim, his wife had posed for the quarter.
- Kline, J.H. Standing Liberty Quarters. Zyrus Press, 2007. p. 76. ISBN 1933990007
- "Mrs. H. William Baum, Model For Liberty Quarter, Dies At 88," New York Times, March 13, 1970, p. 39.
- Breen 1988, p. 361.
- Benford 2003, pp. 32–35.
- US Standing Liberty Quarter by year and type. Histories, photos, and more.
- Standing Liberty Quarter pictures
- Doris Doscher at the Internet Movie Database
- Reference to Coin World article
- A History of Doris Doscher as the Model for the Standing Liberty Quarter