Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Dorothy Provine (January 20, 1935 – April 25, 2010) was an American singer, dancer, actress and comedienne.

Provine was born in Deadwood, South Dakota. She appeared in many professional and amateur stage productions while attending the University of Washington. In Hollywood, she starred in The Bonnie Parker Story (1958) and The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959), which was Lou Costello's last screen appearance.

She guest starred on the television series Man Without a Gun, starring Rex Reason. Provine starred in two series: The Alaskans with Roger Moore (1959–60) and The Roaring Twenties (1960–1962), both on ABC. In Roaring Twenties, she played the beautiful singer Pinky Pinkham. Rex Reason co-starred with her in the series, along with Donald May, John Dehner, Mike Road, and Gary Vinson. Provine recorded an album of songs from the show, and had two chart singles in the UK—"Don't Bring Lulu" (#17 in 1961) and "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune" (#45 in 1962).

She made a cameo appearance in Blake Edwards' The Great Race (1965). Her later films included It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Good Neighbor Sam (1964), Who's Minding the Mint? (1967) and Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (1966).

Provine married director Robert Day in 1968 and retired from acting, apart from a handful of guest roles on television shows.

She died on April 25, 2010 of emphysema in Bremerton, Washington, aged 75.

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