Dolores Donlon

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Dolores Donlon
Born Patricia Vaniver
(1920-09-19)September 19, 1920
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died November 30, 2012(2012-11-30) (aged 92)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Other names Pat Van Iver
Occupation Actress, model
  • Victor Orsatti (m. 1949; div. 1960)
  • Robert dePasquale
  • Fernando Mendez

Dolores Donlon (born Patricia Vaniver; September 19, 1920 – November 30, 2012) was an American model and actress.[1]


Born in 1920, Donlon trimmed a few years off her age by claiming 1926 as the year of her birth. She began modeling in the mid-1940s under the name Pat Van Iver and acting in 1948 with uncredited walk-on parts in movies including Dough Girls and Easter Parade. In 1946, she was elected Queen of the Ball by the New York Press Photographers Association.[2] By 1954, she was playing credited roles in movies such as The Long Wait and Security Risk, and appearing in television series. Her television credits include roles in The Texan, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Maverick, Perry Mason, The Jack Benny Program and I Love Lucy.[3]

In 1957, Donlon was Playboy's August Playmate of the Month.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Donlon was married to Hollywood talent agent Victor Orsatti from 1949 to 1960.[4] The couple separated in 1958 after nine years of marriage, and were divorced in 1960.[5][6]

Donlon starred in Italian director Franco Rossi's 1961 film, Nude Odyssey.[7] She retired from acting the following year after marrying New York Philharmonic violinist Robert dePasquale.[3] She later divorced dePasquale and married Fernando Mendez.[8]

Donlon died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 30, 2012, at the age of 92.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "Playmate data". Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Press Reports". Popular Photography. December 1946. p. 206. ISSN 1542-0337. 
  3. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Dolores Donlon Biography". AllMovie. All Media Network. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Talent Agent Victor Orsatti". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 14, 1984. 
  5. ^ "Vic Orsatti's Third Wife to File Suit". Los Angeles Times. September 29, 1958. p. 47. Retrieved June 16, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Dolores Donlon Seeks Divorce". Indiana Gazette. Associated Press. January 26, 1960. p. 12. Retrieved June 16, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ Johnson, Erskine (October 16, 1960). "How Dolores Got Starring Role is Hollywood Odyssey". Star-Banner. 
  8. ^ "Dolores Donlon Profile". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Patricia Dolores Mendez". Terranova Funeral Home. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ Aydlette, Larry (February 1, 2017). "New information confirms Lake Worth woman as oldest Playboy centerfold". The Palm Beach Post. 

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