May 15, 1923|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
June 18, 2004 (aged 81)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City|
(m. 1952; div. 1956)
Robert F. Blumofe
(m. 1956; div. 1959)
Leonard B. Kaufman (m. 1960–2004)
Doris Dowling (May 15, 1923 – June 18, 2004) was an American actress of film, stage and television.
Dowling was born in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in New York City with siblings Robert, Richard, and Constance (who also became an actress). After graduating from Hunter College High School, she spent a short time with a Folies Bergère group in San Francisco before her mother brought her back to New York to attend Hunter College.
After her time as a chorus girl on Broadway, Dowling followed her elder sister Constance to Hollywood. Her first credited film role was that of Gloria, barfly and drinking companion to fellow alcoholic Ray Milland in the 1945 film The Lost Weekend. She next appeared in The Blue Dahlia, which starred Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.
Upon returning to the United States, much of Dowling's work was in theater and on television. She appeared in such television shows as Have Gun – Will Travel, Cheyenne, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Science Fiction Theater, Bonanza, Perry Mason, The Andy Griffith Show and, late in her career, The Incredible Hulk, Kojak, and finally, The Dukes of Hazzard in 1984. She co-starred with Bob Cummings and Julie Newmar in the sitcom My Living Doll. 
Dowling shared the "Best Ensemble Performance" Outer Critics Circle Award for 1972-1973 for her performance in a revival of The Women on Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include Panama Hattie (1942), Banjo eyes (1942), Beat the Band (1942), and New Faces of 1943 (1943).
Dowling dated Billy Wilder during the 1940s and married three times. In 1952, she became band leader Artie Shaw's seventh wife. They had a son, Jonathan, before divorcing in 1956. Later that same year, on April 27, 1956, Dowling married film executive Robert F. Blumofe; they divorced in 1959. She married Leonard Kaufman on April 20, 1960, to whom she remained married until her death in 2004.
- The Lost Weekend (1945) - Gloria
- The Blue Dahlia (1946) - Helen Morrison
- Bitter Rice (1949) - Francesca
- Othello (1952) - Bianca
- Running Target (1956) - Smitty
- Wink of an Eye (1958) - Myrna Duchane
- The Party Crashers (1958) - Mrs. Hazel Webster
- Birds Do It (1966) - Congresswoman Clanger
- The Car (1977) - Bertha
- Separate Ways (1981) - Rebecca Stevens
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