Dorothy Wellman
American actor and dancer
Dorothy Wellman
Dorothy Coonan Wellman was an American actress and dancer. Wellman was the widow of film director William Wellman, to whom she was married from 1934 until his death in 1975. Wellman cast her in several of his films.
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  • 2009
    Age 95
    Dorothy Wellman died on September 16, 2009, in Brentwood, California at age 95.
    More Details Hide Details She was survived by her seven children, twenty-two grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
  • 1975
    Age 61
    The couple remained married until she was widowed on December 19, 1975.
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  • 1934
    Age 20
    A relationship soon followed and Coonan and Wellman were married in 1934.
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    Wellman was the widow of film director William Wellman, to whom she was married from 1934 until his death in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Wellman cast her in several of his films. Wellman was born Dorothy Coonan in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She moved to Los Angeles, California with her family as a child. Her career as a dancer began at the age of 14 with Warner Brothers Studios. Her early film credits as an on-screen dancer and actress included small, uncredited parts in such early talkies as The Broadway Melody (1929), Whoopee! (1930), Kiki (1931) and Palmy Days (1931).
  • 1933
    Age 19
    Film director William Wellman cast Coonan as "Sally" in his 1933 film, Wild Boys of the Road.
    More Details Hide Details This was the only role she played in which she was credited or had a character with a name.
    Her best-known films were 42nd Street (1933) and Gold Diggers of 1933.
    More Details Hide Details Many of the films in which she appeared were choreographed by Busby Berkeley.
  • 1913
    Born on November 25, 1913.
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