Post by carol on Jan 18, 2014 1:21:59 GMT -5
~ Dorothy Stickney ~
June 21-1896 - June 2-1998 age 101
Dorothy was born Dorothy Hayes Stickney on June 21st, 1896 in Dickinson, N.D., She was best known for her role in the longest running non-musical play on Broadway, " Life With Father". Dorothy studied acting in the North Western Dramatic School in Minneapolis. After several years in summer stock and vaudeville, she made her debut on Broadway in 1926 in "The Squall," and achieved notoriety. Her father, Victor Hugo Stickney, was a doctor who made house calls on horseback; he was among the first 10 elected to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. She attended the North Western Dramatic School in Minneapolis and was one of the four singer/dancer "Southern Belles" in vaudeville. Her initial failure to obtain acting roles in New York in the 1920s led her to write a poem "You're Not the Type" published in Liberty magazine. Her 1926 Broadway debut was a bit part in "The Squall" after which she often played character roles as an eccentric. Her last known movie was "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" in 1971.
Dorothy created the role of Mollie Molloy (who jumps out the window) in "The Front Page." Other plays included "Chicago," "Another Language," and "On Borrowed Time." "Life With Father," written by her husband, was turned down by everyone (including Lunt and Fontanne), so she and Howard played the parts in summer stock, bringing it finally to Broadway's Empire Theater on 8 Nov 1939. It closed seven years and 3,224 performances later, still the longest running nonmusical on Broadway. When the Empire was demolished they put two salvaged orchestra seats in their East Side town house where Dorothy died on June 2nd, 1998 in New York, New York from natural causes. She was 101 years old.
Dorothy married Howard Lindsay in 1927 , he was a Playwright and Producer and was born in Waterford, New York on March 29th, 1889, he died on February 11th, 1968 in New York, New York. Her career spanned over half a century. It is unknown if they had any children.