Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dody: That Tweetie Bird!

 Born Dolores Goodman, in Columbus, Ohio, in 1914,
Dody started out in dance...
and landed a spot in the ballet troupe of Radio City Music Hall,
when she arrived in NYC.
From there, it was an easy jump to dancing in Broadway musicals,
like Call Me Madam, High Button Shoes, and Wonderful Town.

 Thanks to Imogene Coca and George Abbott,
Dody started doing comedy...appearing on talk shows,
like Jack Paar's Tonight Show, 
touring in Once Upon A Mattress, and Fiorello!
 Above, a return to Broadway in 1974,
with Carol Channing in Lorelei.
(That's Dody on the right.)

 In 1976, she played Louise Lasser's mom in
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman...
(that's her, seated on the left in green)...
along with Mary Kay Place (in pink!).

 In 1978 and 79, Dody portrayed Blanche,
Eve Arden's secretary in Grease 1 and 2.

 And later, she played Tom Hank's secretary in Splash.

 Someone once described Dody's voice as sounding like 
"a Tweetie Pie cartoon bird strangling on peanut butter." 
Later in life, she used that voice for cartoon characters in
"Alvin and the Chipmunks,"
singing (and dancing) in Nunsense and its sequel Nuncrackers...
and passed away at the age of 90.

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