Dorothy Dare

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

Dorothy Herskind (August 6, 1911 – October 4, 1981), better known as Dorothy Dare, was an American actress and singer.

Early life[edit]

Dare was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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 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). 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". 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. She died at her home on October 4, 1981, and was buried at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, California.


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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