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Doris Kaufman (Dowling)

Birthplace: Detroit, MI, USA
Death: Died in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Unknown and Unknown
Wife of Leonard B. Kaufman and <private> Kaufman
Ex-wife of Robert F. Blumofe; Artie Shaw and <private> Blumofe
Mother of <private> Shaw and <private> Shaw
Sister of Constance Tors

Occupation: Actress
Managed by: Private User
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About Doris Kaufman

Doris Dowling was an American film actress.

After her time as a chorus-girl on Broadway, Dowling followed her elder sister Constance to Hollywood. Her first credited film role was that of Gloria, barfly and drinking companion to fellow alcoholic Ray Milland in the 1945 film The Lost Weekend.

She followed up the Best Picture-winning film with the Oscar winning The Blue Dahlia, starring with Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. However post-war work became more scarce and she emigrated to Italy to revive her career, as her sister had done.

In Italy Dowling starred in several acclaimed films including Bitter Rice. She also appeared in Orson Welles's European production of Othello in 1952, playing Bianca. Upon returning to the US, much of her work was in theatre and on television. She appeared in such well-known television shows as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza, Perry Mason, The Andy Griffith Show, and, late in her career, The Incredible Hulk, Kojak and finally, The Dukes of Hazzard in 1984 . She also appeared in 1977's cult horror The Car.

In 1973, Dowling shared an Outer Critics Circle award for her performance in a revival of The Women on Broadway.

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