Kathryn Adams Doty
|Kathryn Adams Doty|
|Born||Kathryn Elizabeth Hohn
July 15, 1920
New Ulm, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||October 14, 2016
Mankato, Minnesota, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, novelist, psychologist|
|Years active||1939–1946 (acting career)|
Kathryn Elizabeth Doty (née Hohn; July 15, 1920 – October 14, 2016), also known by her stage name Kathryn Adams or as Kathryn Adams Doty, was an American actress.
The daughter of a Methodist minister, Dr. Chris G. Hohn, Doty was born in New Ulm, Minnesota. When she was 6, the family moved to Warrenton, Missouri, where her father was chaplain and executive secretary at an orphan's home. After she developed lung problems, she spent two years at a camp in Minnesota. As early as age 13, she took her father's place in the pulpit when he was sick. In a 1939 newspaper article, she recalled: "It was quite a radical thing, in that small town, for a little girl to conduct the church services and preach the sermon, but the congregation understood and were very kind to me."
Doty was a student at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, (where she sang in the a cappella choir) and worked as a catalog clerk at the headquarters of Montgomery Ward when an opportunity for an acting career arose. She competed in 1939 in the national finals of the Jesse L. Lasky radio contest, "Gateway to Hollywood", received a contract, and remained in California to begin a film career under the name of Kathryn Adams.
Doty debuted on film in 5th Avenue Girl (1939). One of her most notable roles was as "Mrs. Brown", the young mother in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942). She co-starred in Sky Raiders (1941), a film serial from Universal and had the leading lady role in three Western films in which Johnny Mack Brown starred.
She married fellow actor Hugh Beaumont in an Easter wedding, April 13, 1941, at Hollywood Congregational Church. They had three children: Hunter, Kristy, and Mark. After divorcing Beaumont in 1974, she married Fred Doty, and relocated to her native Minnesota. Fred Doty (1922 – 2011) died on January 8, 2011, aged 88.
She earned a master's degree in Educational Psychology and had a career as a psychologist, working at the Footlight's Child Guidance Clinic at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and later in Minnesota after she moved back to her home state.
Adams Doty wrote two novels: A Long Year of Silence and Wild Orphan. A Long Year of Silence, set in New Ulm, Minnesota, during World War I, was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and winner of the 2005 Midwest Book Award. A third book, Becoming the Mother of Me, described her life growing up as a minister's daughter and her trip to Hollywood and her first marriage.
Writing as Kathryn Doty, she published short stories in Pocket, The Friend and various children's magazines.
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- Othman, Frederick C. (April 15, 1940). "Hollywood Day By Day". The Danville Morning News. Pennsylvania, Danville. United Press. p. 2. Retrieved October 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Fitzgerald, Mike. "Kathryn Adams Interview". Western Clippings. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
- Fitzgerald, Michael G.; Magers, Boyd (2006). Ladies of the Western: Interviews with Fifty-One More Actresses from the Silent Era to the Television Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. McFarland. pp. 9–13. ISBN 9780786426560. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- "News Briefs". The Daily Reporter. Indiana, Greenfield. International News Service. April 14, 1941. p. 4. Retrieved October 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Gelt, Jessica (22 October 2016). "Kathryn Adams Doty, actress in Hitchcock's 'Saboteur,' dies at 96". Los Angeles Times.
- Barnes, Mike (22 October 2016). "Kathryn Adams, Actress in 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and Hitchcock's 'Saboteur,' Dies at 96". The Hollywood Reporter. ISSN 0018-3660.