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Birth Name:  Dorothea Dick "Dickie" Moore
Born:  January 12, 1919 in Mattoon, Illinois, U.S.A.
[Some say this date is false and she could have been born as early as 1914; this info comes from publicity bios which can be misleading.]
[The Roepels also say that Dorothy was 86 when she died, and not 91.]
Died:  October 5, 2005
[Thanks to Knut and Rhonda Roepel for this information which they contributed on October 27, 2005.  They were friends of Dorothy's family for 46 years]


Biography:  Moore only appeared in many shows, but only two Blondie movies: #1 Blondie, #2 Blondie Meets the Boss.  In both movies, she plays Blondie's younger sister, Dot Miller.  Dot added a lot to the Blondie films she was in.  She was ditzy like her older sister, but unlike her older sister she had a lot more spunk.  For instance, in the second film she is a jitterbug dancer.  Blondie is more reserved (or as reserved as she can be with a husband like Dagwood).  It's curious that the writers didn't continue the character of Dot Miller, even with another actress.  Oh well, I guess that's just one of Hollywood's many mysteries.

Update June, 2005:  In June of 2005 I was contacted by Frank Reighter.  Interesting enough, he is an active member of the Three Stooges Fan Club and is one of several members who researches the supporting players for those film shorts.  In case you didn't know, the Blondie film series and the Three Stooges shorts were both produced by Columbia Studios.  It's not unusual to see many actors from the Blondie films appear in the Stooges shorts and vice-versa.  Dorothy Moore was in two Three Stooges shorts:  "Calling All Curs" and "Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise" (both in 1939).

    I've been forwarded many e-mails concerning Dorothy Moore (and other Three Stooges actors) which has helped put the pieces of her history together.  The following information is obtained from a 1937-1938 Motion Picture Almanac.  It was told to Frank Reighter by his fellow researcher Bill Cappello and forwarded to me:

    "Her education is given as Manual Arts High School and Ben Bard's Dramatic School.  Height: 5 feet, 3.5 inches.  Weight:  116 pounds.  Brown hair, blue eyes.  Signed by RKO Pictures."

    Bill also found the same information in a bio from February 1937, which comes from the RKO Radio Pictures Publicity Dept.  Incidentally, the info on birthdate and birthplace above also comes from these bios.