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Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba
Born Dorothy Adelle DeBorba
March 28, 1925 (1925-03-28) (age 84)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1930-1933

Dorothy Adelle DeBorba (born March 28, 1925) is a former American 1930s child actress who was a regular in the Our Gang short subjects series from 1930 to 1933. She is of Portuguese Azorean ancestry.[1]


Our Gang

Dorothy DeBorba began her career at age five. Her first Our Gang short was "A Royal Romance" (1930) and her last was "Bombshell" (1933). With her trademark curls and elaborate hair bows, Dorothy quickly became an audience favorite. Her mother made those bows and would spend two hours every night brushing and putting Dorothy's hair up in curlers. Of course, her natural energy and mischievousness added to her appeal. Although she stated that "the boys [in the series] were given all the best lines", in Love Business Dorothy has some of the funniest lines in the entire series, delivered while Chubby is practicing his lines on a cutout of Greta Garbo in front of a movie house:

Chubby: Oh, my dear, hear the pleas in my whispers.
Dorothy: Oh, my dear, hear the fleas in my whiskers.
Chubby: If love is like a rose, I will nip my rose in the bud.
Dorothy: If love is like a rose, I will stick my nose in the mud.
Chubby: My heart is filled with joy. I want to trip and dance.
Dorothy: My heart is filled with joy. I want to rip my pants.

DeBorba today

DeBorba is one of the few living Our Gangers from the original series. Other surviving members are Jackie Cooper, Dickie Moore, Jean Darling, Robert Blake, Sidney Kibrick, Jerry Tucker, and Jackie Lynn Taylor.

DeBorba is a native of Livermore, California (San Francisco Bay area), where she still resides today.



  1. ^ Distinguished Americans & Canadians of Portuguese Descent

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