|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1923|
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 2010|
Los Angeles County
Dorothy Ford (April 4, 1922 – October 15, 2010 is an American actress and model active during the 1940s through 1960s.
She began her career as a model, largely due to her extreme height of 6 feet, 2 inches (188 cm) and a 38-26-38-and-a-half figure. In 1944, she made her screen debut in Lady in the Dark. She continued her acting career, including roles in the Andy Hardy movie Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946) and in Abbott and Costello's Jack and the Beanstalk (1952), until 1966, when she put in her final (and uncredited) performance in British film The Wrong Box. She made 39 movies from 1943 to 1962.
Dorothy Ford, Actress, - Biography
Height: 6 foot 2
Weight: 145 Pounds in 1940s
Born April 4, 1923 in Perris, California.
Dorothy Ford is an American actor and model active during the 1940s through 1960s. She began her career as a model, largely due to her extreme height. In 1942, she made her screen debut in Lady in the Dark and would continue her acting career, including a role in Abbott and Costello's 1952 film, Jack and the Beanstalk, until 1966, when she put in her final (and uncredited) performance in The Wrong Box. She also appeared in a number of Broadway musicals, including Thousands Cheer in 1943 and Broadway Rhythm in 1944.
She was brought up in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Tucson, AZ, she was in school pageants then went into modeling after graduation.
She first had a performing role alongside Johnny Weissmuller, then she was a showgirl for a while.
Her striking looks, brought her into a movie in 1942 in Lady in the Dark as a model. She went under contract with MGM and appeared in numerous movies, including one where she drank with Charles Winninger.
She in 1945, began her partnership with Abbott and Costello, and got her first big acting role. In here Come the Co-Eds (1945), she performs as a towering captain of a baseball team, and apparently boldly steels every scene she is in.
She then did a small bit of modelling in Brazil, then went back to the US, for good film roles.
In another movie she towered over Mickey Rooney as his girlfriend, a first movie where her height was a major part of the movie plot.
For a time in the press she was called a Glamazon, and said "if nature has made you tall, then be good and tall," stand tall. Among other actresses seen as tall were Maureen O'Hara at 5 foot 8 who was much shorter.
In 1949 she was in a scene where she almost became a love interest of John Wayne.
She also starred in a New York play called Big People, in the late 1940s.
Her biggest role came in 1952 along side Abbott and Costello again. Where she was the wife of a giant in Jack and the Beanstalk. She was head and shoulders almost above them and looked strong.
She was in the opening sequence too of the Seven Year Itch.
She then was in lower budget movies, but did help in the James Bond movie Octopussy, behind the scenes.
Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Record added: Jan 17, 2012
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