New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Tuesday, June 25, 2024
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When we think of female movie stars of long ago who hailed from Noo Awlins, we usually think Dorothy Lamour.

Dorothy Del Goff (stage name Dorothy Dell)

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I always thought she was a Noo Awlins native, but it turns out her family moved to N.O. from Mississippi when she was 10 years old. Interesting that in my question I mentioned Dorothy Lamour, because I later found from the bio that they were chums!

Speaking of Dorothy Lamour:
Born Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton in New Orleans on December 10, 1914, Dorothy's parents divorced soon after her birth. Her mother later remarried to a man named Lambour, the source of Dorothy's future stage name. Dorothy dropped out of school at age 15, forging her mother's name on school documents, and went to work to help support her family. She later attended secretarial school. At age 16, she was crowned Miss New Orleans, after which she and her mother moved to Chicago, where Dorothy worked as an elevator operator at Marshall Fields.
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