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Dorothy Adams
Dorothy Adams in Lady Gangster (1942).png
Adams in Lady Gangster (1942)
Born(1900-01-08)January 8, 1900
DiedMarch 16, 1988(1988-03-16) (aged 88)
Resting placeInglewood Park Cemetery
OccupationActress
Years active1931−1975
Spouse(s)
(m. 1921; died 1970)
ChildrenRachel Ames

Dorothy Adams (January 8, 1900 – March 16, 1988)[1][2] was an American character actress of stage, film, and television.

Early years

Adams was born in Hannah, North Dakota. She later moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, and was educated there.[3]

Stage

In the 1920s, Adams was active with the Moroni Olsen Players.[4]

Films and television

Adams was perhaps best known for her role as Wilma Cameron's mother in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

Adams (right) with Carl Betz and Dolores Mann in My Three Angels (1954)
Adams (right) with Carl Betz and Dolores Mann in My Three Angels (1954)

Adams made numerous television appearances in the 1950s. She was seen in Gunsmoke with James Arness, and four episodes of the Western series The Adventures of Kit Carson, starring Bill Williams. She appeared in four episodes of the crime drama series Dragnet, starring Jack Webb. She made two guest appearances in Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr. She also appeared in comedy series, such as a 1958 episode of Leave it to Beaver, starring Jerry Mathers.

Later years

In the 1960s, she was a popular acting instructor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Personal life

Adams was married to character actor Byron Foulger[5] from 1921 until his death in 1970. She was the mother of soap opera actress Rachel Ames.

Death

She died in 1988 in Woodland Hills, California. Her ashes lie with those of her husband in niche A142 in the Del Prado Mausoleum of Inglewood Park Cemetery in California.[6]

Partial filmography

Selected Television

Year Title Role Notes
1952 The Adventures of Kit Carson Mrs. Williams Episode "Snake River Trapper"
1952 The Adventures of Kit Carson Mrs. Trumbull Episode "Outlaw Paradise"
1952 The Adventures of Kit Carson Mrs. Raymond Episode "Pledge to Danger"
1953 The Adventures of Kit Carson Landlady Episode "Claim Jumpers"
1953 Dragnet Episode "The Big In-Laws" (1953)
1953 Death Valley Days Amelia Griffen Season 2, Episode 1, "The Diamond Babe"
1956 Gunsmoke Mrs. Pitcher Episode "Cow Doctor"
1957 Gunsmoke Mrs. Glick Episode " Born to Hang"
1958 Leave It to Beaver  Miss Wakeland Episode "School Play"
1961 The Twilight Zone Mrs. Canfield Season 2, Episode 12, "Dust"

References

  1. ^ John A. Willis (1989). Screen World. Crown Publishers. p. 237. ISBN 978-0-517-57332-7.
  2. ^ Dorothy Adams : Classic Movie Hub (CMH), retrieved October 19, 2017
  3. ^ "Dorothy Adams Takes in Moroni Olsen Play". The Independent Record. October 15, 1927. p. 2. Retrieved October 22, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ "Benefit Play to Be Given". Morning Register. November 30, 1927. p. 16. Retrieved October 22, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ Hunter, James Michael (2013). Mormons and Popular Culture: Cinema, television, theater, music, and fashion. ABC-CLIO. pp. 236–237. ISBN 9780313391675. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Resting Places: The Burial Sites of 14000 Famous Persons by Scott Wilson

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