May 15, 1923|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||June 18, 2004
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Artie Shaw (1952-1956) (divorced) (1 child)
Robert F. Blumofe (1956-1959) (divorced)
Leonard B. Kaufman (1960-2004) (her death) (1 child)
|Children||Jonathan Shaw (b. 1953)|
Doris Dowling (May 15, 1923 – June 18, 2004) was an American actress of film, stage and television.
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 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 also 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. She was band leader Artie Shaw's 7th wife, and she had a son, Jonathan, with him. On April 27, 1956, Dowling married film executive Robert F. Blumofe; they divorced in 1959. She married Leonard Kaufman April 20, 1960. They were still married at the time of her death.
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- Doris Dowling at the Internet Movie Database
- Doris Dowling at the Internet Broadway Database
- Doris Dowling at Find a Grave