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Doro Merande
Born Dora Matthews
March 31, 1892(1892-03-31)
Columbus, Kansas, USA
Died November 1, 1975 (aged 83)
Miami, Florida, USA
Occupation actress
Years active 1928–1974

Doro Merande (March 31, 1892 – November 1, 1975) was an American actress who appeared in Hollywood films, onstage and on television. She frequently portrayed "sour, witchy old women" with her abundant talent as a character actress. She was born as Dora Matthews in Columbus, Kansas[1] and orphaned at a young age.

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Stage actress

She headed to New York City to become an actress. She found her first part in a small summer company in Massachusetts.

Merande coveted Broadway parts during the Great Depression. Her career began with the Jules Levanthal Company. She debuted on Broadway as "Sophie Tuttle" in Loose Moments, in 1935. Soon she was cast in One Good Year, Red Harvest, and Angel Island. Her first important role was playing the gossip in Our Town by Thornton Wilder (in which role she would also make her film debut in 1940).

Merande later appeared with Leo G. Carroll in Lo and Behold, The Rat Race with Betty Field, and in The Silver Whistle, with Jose Ferrer. She also performed with Clifton Webb (in Mr. Belvedere Rings The Bell), Walter Huston (in Apple of His Eye), and Franchot Tone (in Hope For Your Best). In the latter play, Merande played Tone's Down East Housekeeper.

Her final Broadway appearance was in a 1969 revival of The Front Page. She played the cleaning woman in a filthy press room. She recreated the same character in the movie and television versions. They starred Robert Ryan and George Grizzard. Merande earned good reviews in both productions.

Films/TV

She entered films in 1940, reprising her role as the gossip in the sanitized film version of Our Town. Other film credits include:

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Television

She appeared regularly during the first season of NBC-TV's That Was the Week That Was (1964).

Death

Doro Merande attended The Honeymooners anniversary special with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in Florida. A short time later, she died of a stroke in Miami, aged 83.

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