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Dorothy Hall



A Pennsylvanian whose voice sounded like that of an adolescent southern girl and whose grinning blonde face caused people to erupt in laughter, Dorothy Hall could not be taken seriously as an interior decorator, so heeding the advice of a would-be client, tried out for the stage in 1924. She undertook the audition to prove to her advisor that he was wrong, was immediately hired, and made a hit in the play "White Collars." One of the first babytalkin' blondes, she found producers had a place for her in all sorts of productions - melodramas such as "The Complex" and "Speakeasy"; comedies such as "Other Men's Wives" and "The Greeks had a Word for It"; farces such as "Precious" and "The Love Duel"; and three important musicals -"Flying High," "On Your Toes," and "Louisiana Purchase."  Her stage career lasted fifteen years, until age made the adolescent voice begin to sound odd rather than cute. She made seven films from 1927 to 1931, playing a type blonde. Only 1929's "Nothing But the Truth" in which she plays "Flo" suggests the amusing qualities that made her regular on Broadway during the interwar years. David S. Shields/ALS