Dorothy Short

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Dorothy Short
Dorothy Short as Mary Lane.png
Dorothy Short as Mary Lane in Reefer Madness
Born(1915-06-29)June 29, 1915
DiedJune 4, 1963(1963-06-04) (aged 47)
Resting placeInglewood Park Cemetery
Plot: Magnolia, Lot 35
Dave O'Brien (Fronabarger)
(m. 1936; div. 1954)
(2 children)
ChildrenPatricia Barclay Fronabarger (b. 1942)
Pamela Fronabarger (b. 1945)[1]

Dorothy Short (29 June 1915 – June 4, 1963) was an American film actress, mainly in low-budget Westerns and serials in the 1930s and 1940s.

A native of Philadelphia, she married actor Dave O'Brien[2] in 1936, the same year they appeared together in the low-budget exploitation cheapie Reefer Madness, which in modern times has become a well-known cult film. She also appeared in another antimarijuana film Assassin of Youth in 1937.

She often appeared alongside her husband in various 'B' pictures and the Pete Smith series of comedy shorts, in which O'Brien played the lead on many occasions during the 1940s. After their divorce in 1954, Short retired from film acting, and died of cancer nine years later at age 47.



  1. ^
  2. ^ "'Brothers Of West' Coming To Kentucky". Kentucky New Era. May 28, 1948. Retrieved November 9, 2011.

External links[edit]