Dorothy Lena Young
May 3, 1907
Otisville, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 20, 2011 (aged 103)|
Tinton Falls, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, stage assistant to Harry Houdini, novelist|
Dorothy Lena Young (May 3, 1907 – March 20, 2011) was an American entertainer who worked as a stage assistant to magician Harry Houdini from 1925 to 1926. She later became a Broadway actress as well as a touring dancer.
She was selected by Houdini because she was shorter than he was. She left the act two months prior to his death on October 31, 1926. She appeared in the several Houdini documentaries.
After his death, Young, the daughter of a Methodist minister, appeared on Broadway in Jarnegan (1928–29), Conquest (1933), and New Faces of 1936 (1936). After leaving acting, she and her second husband, Gilbert Kiamie, toured the world as the Latin dancing team of "Dorothy and Gilbert".
She was the author of two novels loosely based on her life: Diary Without Dates and Dancing on a Dime, the latter of which was made into a feature film in 1940 by Universal Studios, as well as the booklet Touring with Houdini, published in 2003.
Her first husband, Robert Perkins, died after 13 years of marriage. Her second husband, Gilbert Kiamie, died in 1992. Young, the last surviving member of Houdini's touring show, died in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, on March 20, 2011, aged 103.
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- "Houdini's last surviving stage assistant dies". Associated Press. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
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- Dorothy Young on IMDb
- 2000 Interview
- Transcript from PBS's "The American Experience"
- 100 Years of Dorothy Young
- Dorothy Young's obituary
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