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February 12, 1896|
Saugerties, New York
|Died||April 13, 1997
New York City
|Occupation||author, publisher, lawyer|
|Known for||political and social activism|
|Spouse(s)||Jay P. Vanderbilt (1986 to 1997, her death)|
Dorothy Frooks (February 12, 1896 – April 13. 1997) was an American author, publisher, military figure, lawyer and actress. In 1934, she ran on the Law Preservation ticket for U.S. Representative-at-large.
She worked as a writer for the New York Evening World and published the Murray Hill News in 1952. She also wrote a pamphlet, entitled Labor Courts Outlaw Strikes, calling for the establishment of a labor court. She was a lawyer in Peekskill, New York.
As an author, she wrote numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Olympic Torch, The American Heart and Lady Lawyer, her autobiography. A veteran of both World War I (United States Navy) and World War II (United States Army), Frooks served as the National Commander of the Women World War Veterans.
She appeared as one of "The Witnesses" in Warren Beatty's 1981 film Reds along with fellow centenarian radicals Scott Nearing and George Seldes. Frooks, Nearing and Seldes were all first-hand witnesses of the red-baiting, McCarthyism, and Cold War hysteria of the 1950s.
Frooks died in 1997 at the age of 101.