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Doro Merande

Plain, angular Doro Merande was one of those delightful character actresses you couldn't take your eyes off of, no matter how minuscule the part. She excelled at playing older than she was -- doting aunts, inveterate gossips, curt secretaries and small-minded townspeople -- all topped with an amusing warble in her voice and bristly eccentric edge. Too bad then that she wasn't used more in films, but she preferred live theater and based herself for the most part on the East Coast. She was born Dora Matthews in Kansas in 1892 and orphaned as a child. Growing up in boarding schools, she headed to New York and pursued an acting career immediately after finishing her education. She appeared long and hard on the stock stage before making it on Broadway at age 43. She settled there sparking over 25 Broadway plays in her lifetime, including a scene-stealing turn in the classic Thorton Wilder play "Our Town" which brought her to Hollywood to preserve the role on film. On and off she remained a delightful film and TV cameo player with roles in The Gazebo (1959), Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The (1966) and The Front Page (1974). She and star Enid Markey (Jane of the "Tarzan" film silents) starred together as pampering aunts in the sitcom Bringing Up Buddy (1960), but, despite promising ratings, the two veteran actresses did not get along and the series folded after only a season. Ms. Merande was also a recurring presence for Jackie Gleason on his variety show. She died, in fact, of a stroke while there in Miami to film an episode. Date of Birth 31 March 1892, Columbia, Kansas Date of Death 1 November 1975, New York City, New York  (stroke)


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Born:
Mar 31, 1892
Movie/TV Credits:
23
First Appeared:
In the movie Wayward 1932-02-19
Latest Project:
Movie The Front Page 1974-12-01
Known For
Poster of Kiss Me, Stupid
Poster of The Gazebo
Poster of The Twilight Zone
Poster of State Fair
Filmography

The Front Page (1974)

Romance Drama Comedy
Movie
as Jennie
6.9 62 votes

Skidoo (1968)

Comedy
Movie
as The Mayor
4.3 3 votes

Hurry Sundown (1967)

Drama
Movie
as Ada Hemmings
6.4 5 votes

Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Mrs. Pettibone
6.8 26 votes

The Cardinal (1963)

Drama History War
Movie
as Picket
6.6 9 votes

Sam Benedict (1962)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The New Breed (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
9.0 1 votes

Thriller (1960)

Horror Thriller
Series
as Unknown
4.5 3 votes

Bringing Up Buddy (1960)

Comedy
Series
as Aunt Iris Flower

The Twilight Zone (1959)

Comedy Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
8.2 154 votes

The Gazebo (1959)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Matilda
8.7 3 votes

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Waitress at Vegetarian Restaurant (uncredited)
7 144 votes

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.7 45 votes

The Honeymooners (1955)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.8 25 votes

Omnibus (1952)

Series
as Unknown

Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)

Comedy
Movie
as Mrs. Hammer
6.5 3 votes

Tales of Tomorrow (1951)

Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

Cover Up (1949)

Mystery
Movie
as Hilda - Weatherby Houekeeper
6.1 4 votes

The Snake Pit (1948)

Drama
Movie
as Asylum Patient
7.1 17 votes

Our Town (1940)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Mrs. Soames
4.6 8 votes

State Fair (1933)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Mrs. Metcalfe's Acquaintance at Food Contest (uncredited)
5.1 5 votes

Strictly Personal (1933)

Drama
Movie
as Club Member

Wayward (1932)

Movie
as Maid