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Dorothy Flood


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Dorothy Flood was born in 1912 and attended Children's Professional School in New York.  Early on, she was a ballet dancer with The Metropolitan Opera Company.

She became a Ziegfeld Girl and was in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931.  After her Ziegfeld career ended, she did modeling jobs, including for Dobbs Hats and Whitman's Chocolates.

Other career highlights include:

  • In the musicals Hot-Cha!, Ziegfeld Follies of 1931 and Midnight Frolic, and Smiles

  • one film, Resurrection (1931), playing Princess Hasan

  • dancing with Racine in Swan Lake as the Black Swan (understudy)―she was chosen for her wonderfully expressive hand movements

  • ballerina in Ziegfeld's production of Whoopee!, and serving as understudy for  Ruby Keeler (going on for her when Ms. Keeler was injured).  Apparently, Dorothy was asked to go to Hollywood to be in the movie version, but her parents wouldn't allow it.

She was also in a show with Maurice Chevalier when he sang in the Rainbow Room.  She and Bing Crosby used to drink tea backstage together at rest breaks during a show they were doing together.  Dorothy counted among her many friends Buddy Ebsen (whom she had worked with in Whoopee!) and his sister Vilma.

She was in a few Marx Brothers movies (but said her scenes usually ended up on the cutting room floor!).  During her later years, she lived happily as a housewife on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.


September 10, 1912 in Brooklyn, NY

August 21,2005 in Jupiter, FL

Edward E. Bates
December 31, 1940 in Greenwich, CT

Daughter (b. 1952)


Other Dorothy Flood Sites

Internet Broadway Database

Internet Movie Database