Today I learned about Dorothy Levitt, one of the first British female racing drivers. In her column for women she advised women on a car to buy, how to dress while driving, and items to bring, including gloves, an extra handkerchief, a clean veil, a powder-puff, hair-pins, a hand mirror, chocolates, and a gun. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Liza Minelli, daughter of Judy Garland, the actress who played Dorothy in the 1939 MGM film, β€œWizard of Oz,” was once married to Jack Haley, Jr., son of Jack Haley, the actor who played the Tin Man in the same film. He was Minnelli’s 2nd husband. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liz…
The sepia to color transition in Wizard of OZ was shot in color. The farmhouse interior was painted to look like sepia and a stand-in for Dorothy was wearing a sepia dress. birthmoviesdeath.com/2013…
Dorothy Good, the youngest accused in the Salem witch trials, was so traumatized by the ordeal she was left with "little to no reason" and required a carer for the rest of her life historyofmassachusetts.or…
Today I learned of Dorothy Thompson, an American journalist working in Europe in the 1930's. She was granted an interview with Adolf Hitler in 1931, after which she referred to him as "... insecureβ€”the very prototype of the Little Man." She eventually became the first American journalist expelled from Germany getpocket.com/explore/ite…
Dorothy Parker gave her estate to Martin Luther King when she died. After he was killed, her estate was bequeathed to the NAACP. After many years of contestation, during which her ashes were kept in a filing cabinet, she now resides at NAACP headquarters as a Defender of Human and Civil Rights. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
Dorothy Stang, an American nun who dedicated her life to preserving the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. She helped the poor by teaching them how to harvest products from the forest and sought to protect peasants from gangs working for farmers. She was murdered by criminals hired by a rancher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
Dorothy Parker left her entire estate to Martin Luther King despite the two of them never having met and King not even knowing who Parker was. When King was assassinated, her estate passed to the NAACP who still earn royalties from her work to this day. copyright.gov/history/lor…
Dorothy Thompson was the first American journalist to be expelled from Nazi Germany in 1934. Afterwards she hosted a NBC radio show and Time magazine declared that, "she and Eleanor Roosevelt are undoubtedly the most influential women in the U.S." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
Pure asbestos was used as fake snow in the Wizard of Oz. Here it is raining down on Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. asbestosspecialist.co.uk/…
Today I learned about Fitzwilliam Notebook, which was a diary kept by Isaac Newton when he was 19 or 20 years old. It contained a list of Newton's 57 deeds that he considered sins. The list included entries like 'making pies on Sunday night', 'calling Dorothy Rose a jade' etc. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In the movie Twister, the Dorothy unit shown in the film was not complete science fiction but based on NOAA's real TOTO unit, and the film props are now displayed with the real device at the National Weather Center. noaa.gov/stories/noaa-tor…
Before Judy Garland landed the role of Dorothy Gale, it was offered to Shirley Temple, and Deanna Durbin. Temple would have played the role if her studio let her out of her contract, and Durbin flat out refused the role. biography.com/news/judy-g…
The carriage Dorothy rides in in the Wizard of Oz was once owned by Abraham Lincoln. moviehouseprops.com/produ…
Today I learned of Dorothy Levitt: Among her many achievements, she held the water speed record, the women's land speed record, and even lays claim to inventing the rear-view mirrorβ€”seven years before being adopted by manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
Contrary to popular belief, Jerry Maren was not the last surviving Wizard of Oz cast member; he was the last one with a speaking role. An actor for a Winkie guard survived til late 2018, and Dorothy's own dance stunt double is still alive as of this posting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
There was a Titanic short film that was released 19 days after the tragedy.It starred Dorothy Gibson who survived the actual titanic.But no prints survive today,making it a lost film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
Bea Arthur (Dorothy) was one year older than Estelle Getty (Sophia) and Rue McClanahan was 10 years younger then the rest of the cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
Today I learned of Dorothy Steel, the 91 yr old who made her big film acting debut as merchant tribal elder, who advises Chadwick Boseman's character in Marvel's "Black Panther." She sent in her audition tape and Marvel exec's said "Who is that old lady? We want her." She began her acting career at 88. wsbtv.com/news/local/amon…
The Manhattan projects main security was run by Dorothy Mckibbin atomicheritage.org/profil…
Dorothy and Theodore are the same name reversed. They're both made from the Greek roots "doron" (gift) and "theos" (God). behindthename.com/name/do…
Calvin Coolidge was a man of few words, and got the nickname "Silent Cal." He once remarked, "I think the American people want a solemn ass as a President." When satirist Dorothy Parker heard he had died, she responded, "How can you tell?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
In the original novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," Dorothy wore silver shoes. They used Ruby slippers in the movie to take advantage of the new Technicolor film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
Bea Arthur (Dorothy from The Golden Girls) was a truck-driving Marine in World War II, before finding fame as an actress and singer. newsfeed.time.com/2010/12…
In the original book of Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's shoes were actually silver, not red. And the evil witch wanted her silver shoes back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Dorothy Straight is on record as being the youngest published author ever, having wrote her book, How the World Began, in 1962 at the age of 4 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
In the 1980s the Naval Investigative Service misunderstood the euphemism "a friend of Dorothy" and believed there was actually a woman named Dorothy at the center of a massive ring of gay military personnel. They searched for her in the hopes she would reveal names of gay military members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
For the role of Dorothy, Wizard of Oz actor Judy Garland was forced to live on a diet consisting of soup, coffee, and 80 cigarettes per day realclear.com/movies_tv/2…
The reason why in the Wizard of Oz movie Dorothy's adventures were all just a dream, unlike in the book where Oz was real, was because the producers felt that 1939 audiences were too "sophisticated" to accept a " straight-ahead fantasy". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The "black and white to color" scene in Wizard of Oz was filmed entirely in color. The room Dorothy was in was painted sepia and Judy Garland's body double wore a sepia colored dress and make up youtu.be/Mqaobr6w6_I?t=28…
In the 1980s the Naval Investigative Service undertook a massive and futile search for a woman named "Dorothy" in the Chicago area, after hearing gay men refer to themselves as "friends of Dorothy". They believed she was at the center of a ring of gay military personnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
The actress (Beatrice Arthur) who played Dorothy on the Golden Girls was actually a year older than the actress (Estelle Getty) who played the character of her mom, Sophia. parade.com/52981/erinhill…
The first dramatic film of the Titanic sinking was released just 29 days after the event in 1912. It was written by and stars Dorothy Gibson, an actual survivor. For the film, she wore the exact same clothes she wore during the sinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
Famous author Agatha Christie (of the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries) went missing for 11 days, drawing in the help of over a thousand policemen and even the mystery authors Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy L. Sayers. historyextra.com/period/2…
In the 1980s, when the Navy found out about the slang term "Friend of Dorothy", which gay men used for secretly identifying each other, they launched an enormous witch hunt, as they thought there was actually a woman named Dorothy who ran a massive underground homosexual military personnel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
The actors/actresses who played the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Wicked Witch of the West all outlived the actress who played Dorothy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A term for gay used to be "Friend of Dorothy". In the 80s , the Navy believed that there actually was some woman named Dorothy at the center of a massive ring of homosexual military personnel, so they launched an enormous and futile hunt for the elusive "Dorothy". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Liza Minnelli (Dorothy's daughter) married Jack Haley Jr. (the Tin Man's son) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liz…
Dorothy Eady believed she was the reincarnated lover of Seti I. She was a successful and respected Egyptologist, who predicted the location of an ancient garden before it was excavated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
Judy Garland and Jack Haley (Dorothy and the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz) separately had children and their children married. Liza Minnelli and Jack Haley Jr. from 1974 to 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Dorothys slippers in the Wizard of Oz were originally silver but MGM studios decided to change them to bright red to show off their new Technicolor film techniques. bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c…
Herbert and Dorothy Vogel were the largest private collectors of minimalist art, and needed 5 full size moving vans to move the majority of their collection to Washington's National Gallery of Art nytimes.com/2012/07/24/ar…
Dorothy Parker bequeathed her estate to Martin Luther King, including her remains. These were in turn bequeathed to the NAACP when King died. In 1988, the NAACP designed a memorial garden for Parker's ashes outside its Baltimore headquarters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
The original children's book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was actually incredibly violent, with Dorothy and friends killing nearly 100 animals and people during their quest. Dorothy's trademark shoes were also silver, not ruby like the movie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When actor Raymond Massey was divorced from wife Adrianne Allen they used, respectively, husband and wife divorce lawyers Dorothy Whitney and William Dwight Whitney. Raymond then married his lawyer Dorothy and Adrianne married her lawyer William en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
In the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's slippers are silver, but they were changed to ruby slippers for the movie to take advantage of the new Technicolor film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
Former flight attendant Dorothy Kelly narrowly survived the deadliest aviation disaster in history at Tenerife, then 11 years later declined to take a colleague’s flight that exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland confessionsofatrolleydoll…
Dorothy's slippers were silver in the original Wizard of Oz, but changed to ruby slippers to take advantage of Technicolor. oz.wikia.com/wiki/Silver_…
In the original story of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy wore silver slippers to protect her from the Wicked Witch of the West, but this was changed to Ruby Slippers in the 1939 film to take advantage of the new Technicolor process en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
There was a sequel to the wizard of oz that was about dorothy going into a mental hospital because nobody believed her adventure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…

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