Nora Denney

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Nora "Dodo" Denney
Born Dolores Teachenor
(1927-09-03)September 3, 1927
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died November 20, 2005(2005-11-20) (aged 78)
Crestline, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Other names Dodo Denney
Occupation Film, stage, TV actress
Spouse(s) Alan Denney
Children 2

Nora Denney (September 3, 1927 – November 20, 2005), also known and credited as Dodo Denney, was an American stage, television, and film actress.

Early life[edit]

She was born Dolores Teachenor in Kansas City, Missouri.[1] Her nickname, Dodo, was derived from the first syllable of her first name, although she would eventually use the first name Nora as well.


Her show business career began in Kansas City when she was hired by the local television station Channel 5 (KCMO TV) to play Marilyn the Witch, an onscreen host for horror movies.[2] She performed in many television series, including Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, Hart to Hart, Get Smart, Room 222 and That Girl,[2][3] and her film credits included Who's Minding the Mint? (1967), I Walk the Line (1970), Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (1971), I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? (1975), American Hot Wax (1978) and Truman (1995). She made her final film appearance in 1999, in Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil.

Perhaps her most notable film role was as Mrs. Teevee in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), starring Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson. She was initially the producers' second choice behind Jean Stapleton who performed in the television pilot for All in the Family instead.[2] (Stapleton's portrayal of Edith Bunker in the long-running TV series became her signature role). Denney also appeared in Splash (1984) as the Bloomingdales shop lady who assists Daryl Hannah's mermaid character in buying new clothes.[2]

Personal life and later years[edit]

She was married to Alan Denney (until his death). They had two sons, Dix and John, who are the founders of the Los Angeles-based punk rock band The Weirdos. She was an avid gardener.[2]

After a battle with cancer, Denney died on November 20, 2005, aged 78, at her home in Crestline, California. She was later cremated.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Nora Denney (1927-2005)". 19 December 2005. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Langlois, Mark. "Death of Character Actress Dodo Denney". Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ Nora Denney at the Internet Movie Database

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