Dorothy Dare

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Dorothy Dare
Dorothy Dare.jpg
Born Dorothy Herskind
(1911-08-06)August 6, 1911
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died October 4, 1981(1981-10-04) (aged 70)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Resting place Pacific View Memorial Park
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1931-1944
Spouse(s) John L. Van Dam (m. 1942–81)

Dorothy Dare (August 6, 1911 – October 4, 1981) was an American film actress and singer.

Early life[edit]

Dare was born Dorothy Herskind in Philadelphia. As a child she often sang in church and developed good vocability. She first appeared on stage at the age of seven.

Hollywood years[edit]

She first began her singing and acting career in several of Ziegfeld's shows and then appeared in Vitaphone shorts. In time, interest was growing with young Dorothy and by 1934 she was signed under contract to Warner Bros. Studios and made her debut in Very Close Vangs (1934). In time she found herself co-starring with the likes of Dick Powell, Bette Davis, George Brent, Ross Alexander, Gloria Stuart, and Irene Dunne in full length featured films by 1935.

During the 1930s, she starred in a string of successful films such as Gold Diggers of 1935, Front Page Woman (1935), High Hat (1937), and Clothes and the Woman (1937). She sang such songs as "Red Headed and Blue" and "Yoo Hoo Hoo".

Later life and death[edit]

By the late 1930s and early 1940s, Dare began to lose parts. In 1942, she made her final film appearance as Peggy in The Yanks Are Coming and in 1944 she sang her last musical number in Musical Movieland. Dare left movies and moved to Orange County, California. She seldom granted interviews or wrote about her Hollywood years.

Dare died at her home on October 4, 1981. She was buried at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar.


  • Musical Movieland (1944) (Short)
  • The Yanks Are Coming (1942) .... Peggy
  • Cut Out for Love (1937) .... Dorothy
  • Clothes and the Woman (1937) .... Carol Dixon
  • Rose of Tralee (1937) .... Jean Hale
  • High Hat (1937) .... Elanda Lee
  • Romance of the West (1935) (Short)
  • Front Page Woman (1935) .... Mae LaRue
  • Springtime in Holland (1935) (Short)
  • Gold Diggers of 1935 .... Arline Davis
  • Maybe It's Love (1935) .... Lila
  • Sweet Adeline (1934) .... Dot/Band Leader
  • The St. Louis Kid (1934) .... Gracie Smith
  • Happiness Ahead (1934) .... Josie
  • Syncopated City (1934) (Short) .... Hal's Assistant/The New Mayor
  • The Winnah! (1934) (Short) .... Dorothy
  • Private Lessons (1934) (Short) .... Babs Henderson
  • Very Close Veins (1934) (Short)
  • Nearly Naked (1933) (Short)

Stage appearances[edit]

  • The Only Girl (1934)
  • Strike Me Pink (1933)
  • Manhattan Vanities (1932)
  • Here Comes the Groom (1931)
  • America's Sweetheart (1931)

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