|Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba|
|Born||Dorothy Adelle DeBorba
March 28, 1925
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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.
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:
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.