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Is also known to have been credited
in films as "Kay Winters" and "Linda Winters".
"Blondie Film Series"
Name: Margaret Louise Comingore
[Name information contributed by Judith Collard (Dorothy's daughter) on
June 25, 2005]
1913 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: December 30, 1971 in Stonington, Connecticut, USA
Cause of Death: Pulmonary Disease
[Cause of death information contributed by Judith Collard (Dorothy's
daughter) on July 18, 2005]
I have for you here, on this page, a rare treat for everyone who is a
fan of Dorothy Comingore. At the time of this writing (July 2005)
you can look all over the Internet and find next to nothing about this
wonderful actress...until now. This is her tribute page. I
was first contacted by Ms. Comingore's daughter, Judith Collard, on
June 25, 2005. She agreed to tell me as much as she knew
about her mother and we've been e-mailing each other back and
forth. I can never thank Ms. Collard enough for all that she has
and is sharing, but I hope this page helps. THANKS, JUDY!
discovered by Charlie
Chaplin where she was working in a small playhouse in Carmel,
California. She was friends with Chaplin all the way up to the
time he left the U.S. Dorothy's daughter, Judy, remembers
visiting Charlie Chaplin on the set of his film "Limelight".
Judy was born
in 1941; just two years after Dorothy's appearance in
"Blondie Meets the Boss". Dorothy's next child, a son named
Michael, was born in 1944. She became an alcoholic and her first
marriage ended in divorce. Judy believes that her parents had
separated by the time Michael was born. Dorothy's children lived
with her up until 1949 (Judy was 8) and saw their mother every other
weekend for a few years afterwards. For many years, Judy thought
custody was given to her father because of her mother's drinking
problems. Actually, it was due to the fact that Dorothy was a
member of the Communist Party. At the time, it was considered
really, really bad to bring your children up in a Communist
household. Isn't that silly. If she were just an alcoholic
she might still have had custody of her children. But since she
was a Communist...
If you know
you're American history, you'll know about the Red Scare
and how the government's anti-Communist feelings devastated many a
Hollywood career. By 1951, Dorothy Comingore was blacklisted and
never again appeared in movies. Such a shame.
married again, this time with writer/editor Ted Strauss.
This was probably about five years after Dorothy's first marriage
ended. Dorothy had a son with Ted by the name of Peter.
Judy is sure that Peter is about ten years younger than her, so he
would've been born around 1951. The timeframe is a little unclear
to Judy, but the second marriage dissolved as well.
into a sanitarium for her drinking problems. When
she came out, she married a postman by the name of John Crowe.
She lived with him in Connecticut all the way up to the time she died
at the age of 58.
visited the Internet Movie Database and looked up Dorothy
Comingore, it might still tell you that she committed suicide.
Her daughter says, and can prove, that this is false. According
to Dorothy's death certificate, she died from a pulmonary
disease. She was in poor health for the last several years of her
life and had a lot of back and neck problems. Supposedly Dorothy
had cancer of some sort, but no one seems to know what kind.