Aurore Dolores “Ora” <I>Daigle</I> Dorough


Aurore Dolores “Ora” Daigle Dorough

Indian Orchard, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 13 Nov 1951 (aged 58)
Jamaica, Queens County, New York, USA
Burial Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Lot 452-E
Memorial ID 144543090 View Source
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Vaudvillian News:
FORMER VAUDEVILLE ACTRESS DIES IN NY Mrs. Ora Daigle Nichols-Dorough of 43-23 41st St., Long Island City, NY, died Tuesday November 13, 1951 at Queens General Hospital, Jamaica, after a long illness. She was born in Indian Orchard, the daughter of Leandre and Valerie Gagne Daigle. She started a career in vaudeville in this city and later moved to New York City to become a sound effects technician with the Columbia Broadcasting System. She worked in that capacity until her retirement in 1945. She leaves an adopted daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Charland Cusson of Holyoke, and sons Alexander, Arthur, and Albert.

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Ora was married to Arthur William Nichols (1889-1931) on 19 Jun 1920 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. On their marriage certificate, Ora identified herself as a bookkeeper and Arthur an inspector. Arthur had three children, Alexander, Arthur and Albert Nichols (mentioned in the obituary, above) from his first marriage. Ora never had children of her own.

Ora was the first woman sound engineer. She and her husband Arthur worked side-by-side on silent films, later transitioning to radio show sound effects projects. According to Ray Brunelle's article "The Art of Sound Effects" from the September 1996 issue of Experimental Musical Instruments, "Ora and Arthur Nichols are regarded as the two people most responsible for bringing FX to radio, bringing several sound effects props from their many years of theatrical and silent film experience." Nichols was the first, and only, woman to run a radio sound effects department during the Golden Age of radio. Nichols and her husband Arthur Nichols are credited with bringing the concept of sound effects to radio. She produced sound for Mercury Theater-Old Time Radio, hosted by Orson Welles from 1938-1946. Some of the most memorable and historic radio shows Ora provided sound effects for at Mercury Theater were: "Treasure Island" series, 1938; "War of the Worlds" (CBS Radio), 1938; "The March of Time" series, 1931-1945 (Time, Inc.). This series was recognized with an Academy Honorary Award in 1937 and included the popular "Buck Rogers" series (CBS Radio), 1932-1947. Ora worked with famous personalities of the day, including Agnes Moorhead, Art Carney, Arlene Frances, and of course, Orson Welles.

A few years after the death of Arthur Nichols, Ora married drummer Louis William "Lou" Dorough (1903-1943) on 14 Jun 1934 in Queens, New York.

Ora adopted her niece Marie Jeanette Aurore Charland after the death of Jeanette's father in December 1926 and her mother in February 1927. In 1930, Jeanette's sister, Marie Rose Bernadette Charland came to live with the Doroughs. Marie Rose stayed with them until her death in 1937.

Ora, who began her show-business career as a Vaudeville actress, paved the way for women in the technical arts, and made a lasting name for herself in silent film and radio history.

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Burial on 17 Nov 1951.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Aurore Dolores “Ora” Daigle Dorough (18 Mar 1893–13 Nov 1951), Find a Grave Memorial ID 144543090, citing Saint Aloysius Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Jeff G. (contributor 47276975) .