Dorothy Michelle Provine
January 20, 1935
Deadwood, South Dakota, U.S.
|Died||April 25, 2010 (aged 75)|
Bremerton, Washington, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
Dorothy Michelle Provine (January 20, 1935 – April 25, 2010) was an American singer, dancer and actress. Born in 1935 in Deadwood, South Dakota, she grew up in Seattle, Washington, and was hired in 1958 by Warner Bros., after which she first starred in The Bonnie Parker Story and played many roles in TV series. During the 1960s, Provine starred in series such as The Alaskans and The Roaring 20's, and her major roles in movies included It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Good Neighbor Sam (1964), That Darn Cat! (1965), Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (1966), Who's Minding the Mint? (1967), and Never a Dull Moment (1968). In 1968, Provine married the film and television director Robert Day and mostly retired. She died of emphysema on April 25, 2010 in Bremerton, Washington.
Early life and career
Provine was born in Deadwood in southwestern South Dakota, to William and Irene Provine, but grew up in Seattle, Washington, where her parents ran a nightclub. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle, from which she graduated with a degree in Theater Arts in 1957. While there, she joined the women's fraternity Alpha Gamma Delta. In Washington, she handed out prizes for a quiz program on a local television station until she was hired by Warner Bros. at $500 per week. In Hollywood, she starred in the 1958 film The Bonnie Parker Story. That same year, she performed in a credited walk-on part in the NBC Western television series Wagon Train, in the episode "The Marie Dupree Story." In 1959, she was in the cast of The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, which was Lou Costello's last screen appearance. In that same year she again appeared in Wagon Train in the episode "Matthew Lowry Story", this time having a part that ran the full episode.
On January 3, 1959, Provine appeared as Laura Winfield in the episode "The Bitter Lesson" of the NBC Western series Cimarron City. Laura Winfield is a newly arrived schoolteacher with false credentials who is plotting with a male companion to rob a stage shipment of gold, but not before Deputy Sheriff Lane Temple (series star John Smith) falls in love with her. Dan Blocker and Gregg Palmer also appear in this episode as interested suitors of the new teacher. A few weeks thereafter, she was cast in a supporting role in the episode "The Giant Killer" of the ABC/Warner Bros. Western series Sugarfoot, with Will Hutchins in the title role.
In 1959, Provine appeared as Ann Donnelly in the episode "The Confession" of another ABC/WB Western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston. Charles Aidman was cast in this episode as Arthur Sibley; Don C. Harvey as Sheriff Clinter. About this time she was also cast in an episode of the ABC sitcom The Real McCoys starring Walter Brennan.
Another 1959 appearance was as "Chalmers" in the episode "Blood Money" of the CBS televised Western The Texan starring Rory Calhoun as Bill Longley and Ralph Meeker in the guest cast as Sam Kerrigan. She also guest starred in the syndicated Western series Man Without a Gun starring Rex Reason.
Provine had a starring role in two ABC/WB series: The Alaskans (1959–1960), in the role of Rocky Shaw and with Roger Moore, and The Roaring 20's (1960–1962), in which she played the beautiful singer Pinky Pinkham. A profile in Time stated that "It is Dorothy’s oooohing and shimmying that have kept the series afloat." Rex Reason, from Man Without a Gun, co-starred with her in The Roaring 20s, along with Donald May, John Dehner, Mike Road, and Gary Vinson. Provine recorded an album of songs from the show, and had two hit singles in the UK Singles Chart — "Don't Bring Lulu" (number 17 in 1961) and "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune" (number 45 in 1962).
In September 1965, Provine starred in the two-part episode "Alexander the Greater" that opened the second season of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV series, alongside Rip Torn and David Opatoshu, later repackaged as theatrical feature One Spy Too Many (1966).
Provine's best-known film role was as Emeline Marcus-Finch in Stanley Kramer's epic comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). She also appeared in Good Neighbor Sam (1964), The Great Race (1965), That Darn Cat! (1965), Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (1966), Who's Minding the Mint? (1967), and Never a Dull Moment (1968).
Personal life and death
In 1968, Provine married the film and television director Robert Day and retired from acting, apart from occasional guest roles on television. The couple moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, about 1990, where they resided with their son. Provine was reclusive in retirement and indulged her love of reading and movies and occasionally drove around the island with her husband.
|1958||Live Fast, Die Young||Jackie||Uncredited|
|1958||The Bonnie Parker Story||Bonnie Parker|
|1959||Riot in Juvenile Prison||Babe|
|1959||The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock||Emmy Lou Rossiter|
|1963||Wall of Noise||Ann Conroy|
|1963||It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World||Emeline Marcus-Finch|
|1964||Good Neighbor Sam||Minerva Bissell|
|1965||The Great Race||Lily Olay|
|1965||That Darn Cat!||Ingrid Randall|
|1966||One Spy Too Many||Tracey Alexander||Two episodes of the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.|
|1966||Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die||Susan Fleming|
|1967||Who's Minding the Mint?||Verna Baxter|
|1968||Never a Dull Moment||Sally Inwood|
|1957||Man Without a Gun||Episode: "Man Missing"|
|1958||The Millionaire||Rosemary MacIntyre||Episode: "The David Barrett Story"|
|1958||Lawman||Julie Preston||Episode: "Lady in Question"|
|1958–1959||Wagon Train||Marian Pruitt / Susie||2 episodes|
|1958–1962||77 Sunset Strip||Nora Shirley / Betty||3 episodes|
|1959||Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||Suzy Keeler||Episode: "Coney Island Baby"|
|1959||Cimarron City||Laura Winfield||Episode: "The Bitter Lesson"|
|1959||The Real McCoys||Glory||Episode: "The McCoys Visit Hollywood"|
|1959||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Sharon Trotter||Episode: "The Morning After"|
|1959||Sugarfoot||Miss Bonnie / Ada||2 episodes|
|1959||The Rough Riders||Holly Morrow||Episode: "Lesson in Violence"|
|1959||The Texan||Chalmers||Episode: "Blood Money"|
|1959||Colt .45||Ann Donnelly||Episode: "The Confession"|
|1959||Bronco||Gilda Harper||Episode: "Red Water North"|
|1959–1960||The Alaskans||Rocky Shaw||36 episodes|
|1960–1962||The Roaring 20's||Pinky Pinkham||45 episodes|
|1962||Hawaiian Eye||Nora Stewart / Arnel Wade||2 episodes|
|1962||The Red Skelton Show||Piper Novak||Episode: "The Bride of Bolivar"|
|1962||You're Only Young Once||Mildred Offenbach||Television film|
|1963||The Gallant Men||Joyce Adams||Episode: "Tommy"|
|1965||Dr. Kildare||Sally Boles||Episode: "Music Hath Charms"|
|1965||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Julie||Episode: "Simon Says Get Married"|
|1965||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Tracey Alexander||2 episodes|
|1968||The Danny Thomas Hour||Laura Merrill||Episode: "My Pal Tony"|
|1968||The F.B.I.||Irene Minnock||Episode: "Breakthrough"|
|1968||The Sound of Anger||Marge Carruthers||Television film|
|1970||Love, American Style||April||Segment: "Love and Those Poor Crusaders' Wives"|
|1973||Police Story||Harriett Bonner||Episode: "The Big Walk"|
|1976||Police Woman||Episode: "The Trick Book"|
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