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 Ann Doran

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Ann Doran

Birth
Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, USA
Death 19 Sep 2000 (aged 89)
Carmichael, Sacramento County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered
Memorial ID 6808319 View Source
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Actress. She is best remembered for her portrayal of the domineering Carol Stark in "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955). The only child of actress Rose Allen and stockbroker John Doran, whose surname she adapted for her own professionally, she began her career at the age of 4 on the stage. After she and her family moved to California in the early 1920s, her parents arranged for her to meet film director Allan Dawn and after conferencing with him she began her formal entry into the film industry beginning with a bit role in "Robin Hood" (1922). In a career that would span over the course of 50 years, she went on to appear in over 300 motion pictures; often typecast as a playgirl, best friend, receptionist, debutante, maid, secretary, nurse, educator, telephone operator, cowgirl, snob, countess, waitress, cook, retail clerk, wife, mother, old maid, eccentric, hairdresser, reporter, and, in her later years, matriarch. She appeared in such motion pictures as "One Exciting Adventure" (1934), "Stella Dallas" (1937), "You Can't Take It with You" (1938), "Blondie" (1938), "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), "His Girl Friday" (1940), "Sun Valley Serenade" (1941), "My Sister Eileen" (1942), "So Proudly We Hail!" (1943), "Mr. Skeffington" (1944), "Here Come the Waves" (1944), "Pride of the Marines" (1945), "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" (1946), "My Favorite Brunette" (1947), "The Snake Pit" (1948), "The Fountainhead" (1949), "Gambling House" (1951), "Starlift" (1951), "Rodeo" (1952), "Love Is Better Than Never" (1952), "Island in the Sky" (1953), and "The High and The Mighty" (1954). With the advent of television, she flourished as a household name appearing in various guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "The Roy Rogers Show," "Private Secretary," "The Lone Ranger," "Footlights Theatre," "Topper," "Four Star Playhouse," "I Love Lucy," "Mr. & Mrs. North," "The Gene Autry Show," "The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse," "For the Defense," "Cavalcade of America," "Fireside Theatre," "Big Town," "The George Burns and Gracie Allan Show," "Public Defender," "Crusader," "Brave Eagle," "TV Reader's Digest," "Father Knows Best," "My Friend Flicka," "Crossroads," "Lux Video Theatre," "Wire Service," "December Bride," "Broken Arrow," "The Silent Service," "Code 3," "M Squad," "Official Detective," "Whirlybirds," "The Loretta Young Show," "Men Into Space," "Bourbon Street Beat," "Leave It to Beaver," "The Donna Reed Show," "Wagon Train," "The Millionaire," "Rawhide," "National Velvet," "The Jack Benny Show," "Perry Mason," "Hazel," "McHale's Navy," "Petticoat Junction," "Bonanza," "The Virginian," "Lassie," "Bewitched," "My Three Sons," "Longstreet," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Mod Squad," "Alias Smith and Jones," "Adam-12," "This Is the Life," "Cannon," "The Rookies," "Barnaby Jones," "Ironside," "Mannix," "The Streets of San Francisco," "Fantasy Island," "How the West Was Won," "Eight is Enough," "Greatest Heroes of the Bible," "Backstairs at the White House," "Shirley," "Tales of the Unexpected," "Knots Landing," "Father Murphy," "Highway to Heaven," "Simon & Simon," "The Twilight Zone," "Scarecrow and Mrs. King," "Cagney & Lacey," and "Hunter." During her career, she was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was a chairwoman of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, was a theatrical instructor for the Pasadena Playhouse, was active with Catholic Charities, was involved with the California State Republican Committee, and she was an official endorser for both The American Heart Association and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Upon her retirement in 1988, Doran, who neither married nor had any children, spent the final years of her life devoted to religious and charitable causes and resided in the prestigious Motion Picture Country House. On July 28, 2016, she was posthumously recognized within her native Texas when it was declared per Governor Gregory Abbott that every year that date would be observed as Ann Doran Day.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6808319/ann-doran : accessed ), memorial page for Ann Doran (28 Jul 1911–19 Sep 2000), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6808319, ; Maintained by Find a Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered.