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Dorothy Frooks

Robert M. McBride and Dorothy Frooks, Stork Club, 1952
Born February 12, 1896(1896-02-12)
Saugerties, New York
Died April 13, 1997 (aged 101)
New York City
Occupation author, publisher
Known for political and social activism
Spouse(s) Jay P. Vanderbilt (1986 to 1997, her death)

Dorothy Frooks (February 12, 1896 – April 13. 1997) was an American author, publisher, military figure and actress. An intriguing figure for most of her long life, Frooks was active in public affairs and in the military throughout her life.

In 1934, she ran on the Law Preservation ticket for U.S. Representative-at-large.

She worked as a writer for the New York Evening World and published the Murray Hill News in 1952. She also wrote a pamphlet, entitled Labor Courts Outlaw Strikes, calling for the establishment of a labor court.

As an author, Frooks wrote many fiction and non-fiction books, including The Olympic Torch, The American Heart and Lady Lawyer, her autobiography.

A veteran of both World War I (United States Navy) and World War II (United States Army), Frooks also served as the National Commander of the Women World War Veterans.

Frooks appeared as one of 'The Witnesses' in Warren Beatty's 1981 film Reds along with fellow centenarian radicals Scott Nearing and George Seldes. Frooks, Nearing and Seldes were all first-hand witnesses of the red-baiting, McCarthyism, and Cold War hysteria of the 1950s.

Frooks died in 1997 at the age of 101.

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