Born: September 17, 1933; Boston, MA
Died: November 15, 2003; New York, NY
Singer, actress Dorothy Loudon has stunned audiences with her versions of songs from the Roaring Twenties. Aside from singing in nightclubs, Dorothy Loudon has appeared on stage, in concerts and recitals, on television and in films. She claims her greatest inspiration during her career had been her husband Norman Paris, whom she married in 1971.
Dorothy Loudon was born in Boston to James E. and Dorothy Helen Loudon. Her interest inRead more singing and acting was piqued at an early age. Both parents encouraged Dorothy Loudon's talent. She attended both Syracuse University and Emerson College before entering a school specifically for the arts. In 1952 she attended the Alviene School of Dramatic Arts and in 1953 went to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. During her college years she appeared in the television comedy It's A Business and was a panelist on the quiz show Laugh Line.
The 1960s brought Dorothy Loudon even more success as a singer and actress. She performed in numerous Broadway productions including Luv, Anything Goes, Sweet Potato and Fig Leaves Are Falling. She received the Theatre World Award for her acting in Nowhere To Go But Up and the Dramatic Desk Award for the 1969 show Three Men On A Horse. Appearing both on stage and television, Dorothy Loudon was a regular on the 1960s variety show, The Garry Moore Show.
Although the '60s brought fame and fortune, the '70s proved even more successful. In 1971 she married Norman Paris who instantly became her inspiration and confidant in her professional career. She credits her husband for her winning a Tony Award for her portrayal of Miss Hannigan in the 1976 production of Annie. She was also awarded the Drama Desk Award and Outer critics Circle Award for her performance. In 1979 Dorothy Loudon played Dorothy Banks on the television comedy show, Dorothy.
Her successes and awards continued on into the '80s. She performed in the Broadway shows Sweeney Todd, West Side Waltz, Noises Off and Jerry's Girls, a collection of Broadway songs by lyricist Jerry Herman. During the '80s she divided her time between television and stage. She portrayed Sonya Apollinar in the 1984 film, Garbo Talks, performed in nightclubs and made guest appearances on television and variety shows.
After more than four decades of entertaining, Dorothy Loudon continues to sing and act. In 1996 she took on the role of Parthy in the Chicago production of Showboat and appeared in the 1997 film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. With a slew of credits and accomplishments, Dorothy Loudon says she couldn't have succeeded without the help of her husband. Read less
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