Dorothy Ford

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Dorothy Ford
Born(1922-04-04)April 4, 1922
DiedOctober 15, 2010(2010-10-15) (aged 88)
OccupationActress and Model
Years active1943–1966
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Spouse(s)James Sterling (1949-1949, annullment)
Thomas B. Chambers (1952-1954) (divorced)
Mike Ragan (1965-1995) (his death)

Dorothy Ford (April 4, 1922 – October 15, 2010)[1] was an American actress and model active during the 1940s through 1960s.

She began her career as a model,[2] largely due to her height of 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm) and a 38-26-38-and-a-half figure.[3] She went on to be the first woman signed by showman Billy Rose for the swimming chorus in his aquacade at the World's Fair in San Francisco.[2] She studied at the Actors' Laboratory Theatre.[4]

In 1944, she made her screen debut in Lady in the Dark. She continued her acting career, including roles in the Andy Hardy movie Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946) and in Abbott and Costello's Jack and the Beanstalk (1952), until 1966, when she put in her final (and uncredited) performance in British film The Wrong Box. She made 39 movies from 1943 to 1962.[5] In reality Dorothy Ford was only 5’11” in bare feet.

Personal life[edit]

Ford and James Sterling wed in Las Vegas in April 1949. The marriage was annulled two months later. On April 23, 1952, she married Tommy Chambers, a tennis player. She had a miscarriage the next year. Her third and final husband was Hollis Bane, an actor who was also billed as Mike Ragan. They remained married until his death.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Obituary
  2. ^ a b Neill, Frank (March 26, 1948). "She's Not Only Pretty; There's More of Her". Long Beach Independent. California, Long Beach. International News Service. p. 29. Retrieved May 27, 2017 – via open access
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2008-12-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Wagner, Laura (April 2017). "Dorothy Ford: 'Glamazon'". Classic Images (502): 43–44.
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