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Dorothy Abbott
Born December 16, 1920(1920-12-16)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died December 15, 1968 (aged 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Dorothy E. Abbott
Occupation Actress
Years active 1946 – 1964
Spouse(s) Rudy Diaz (m. 1949–1968) «start: (1949)–end+1: (1969)»"Marriage: Rudy Diaz to Dorothy Abbott" Location: (linkback:

Dorothy Abbott (December 16, 1920 – December 15, 1968) was an American actress.



Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Abbott appeared in many films between the 1940s and 1960s as an extra. In Las Vegas she was a showgirl at the Flamingo Hotel and was known as "the girl with the golden arm". She also appeared in guest roles on The Ford Television Theatre, Leave It to Beaver, and Dragnet as Sergeant Joe Friday's girlfriend Ann Baker.[1] When she could not find work as an actress, she modeled and sold real estate.[2]

Depressed about the end of her marriage to police officer and actor Rudy Diaz, Abbott committed suicide in Los Angeles on December 15, 1968, a day before her 48th birthday.[1] Abbott is buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1946 The Razor's Edge Showgirl Uncredited
1947 Road to Rio Show Girl Uncredited
1948 Night Has a Thousand Eyes Maid Uncredited
Words and Music Showgirl Uncredited
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game Dancer Uncredited
Little Women Schoolgirl Uncredited
Neptune's Daughter Model Uncredited
Red, Hot and Blue The Queen
Angels in Disguise Reception nurse Uncredited
East Side, West Side Model Uncredited
1950 Annie Get Your Gun Carriage Woman Uncredited
Where Danger Lives Nurse Clerk Uncredited
1951 His Kind of Woman Card player Uncredited
My Favorite Spy Pretty girl Uncredited
1952 The Las Vegas Story Waitress Uncredited
Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick Showgirl Uncredited
1953 The Caddy Girl in Dressing Room Uncredited
1954 There's No Business Like Show Business Show Girl Uncredited
1955 Love Me or Leave Me Dancer Uncredited
Rebel Without a Cause Nurse Uncredited
1956 Pardners Dance hall girl Uncredited
The Great Man Stewardess Uncredited
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Girl Uncredited
The Unholy Wife Waitress Uncredited
Jet Pilot Girl Uncredited
Jailhouse Rock Woman in restaurant Uncredited
1958 South Pacific Nurse in Thanksgiving Show
Rock-A-Bye Baby Secretary Uncredited
1960 The Apartment Office Worker Uncredited
Pepe Girl Uncredited
1962 Sergeants 3 Mrs. Collingwood
That Touch of Mink Stewardess Uncredited
1963 A Gathering of Eagles Mrs. Josten
Year Title Role Notes
1953-1954 Dragnet Ann Baker 6 episodes
1955 It's a Great Life 1st Dancer 1 episode
1956-1960 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Various roles 4 episodes
1963 Vacation Playhouse 1 episode


  1. ^ a b Donnelley, Paul (2005-11-01). Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries (3 ed.). Omnibus Press. pp. 5. ISBN 1-844-49430-6.  
  2. ^ "The Private Life and Times of Dorothy Abbott". Retrieved 2009-08-28.  

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