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Dorothy Collins


Vocalist Dorothy Collins was probably one of the most popular and beloved entertainers of television’s golden age group, rising to country wide prominence via the long-running series Your Strike Parade. Created Marjorie Chandler in Windsor, Ontario, on November 18, 1926, at 12 she stated top honors inside a Detroit-area amateur skill contest, earning a visitor shot on Engine City radio wall plug WJKB’s every week children’s display — she demonstrated such popular that she continued to be with the train station for quite some time. In 1942 Collins was launched to the pioneering bandleader Raymond Scott, who suggested she spend annually with a tone of voice teacher and audition once again — she decided and a yr later on commenced touring along with his famed Quintette, carrying out in jazz night clubs over the U.S. When Scott authorized on as musical movie director with radio’s Your Strike Parade in 1949, Collins continuing touring along with his previous band. A yr later on, they resumed their cooperation when Scott employed her to sing some marketing jingles he was commissioned to create with the American Cigarette Company, Your Strike Parade’s commercial sponsor. The solid was therefore impressed with Collins that whenever Your Strike Parade produced the step to tv in past due 1950, she was set up being a highlighted vocalist in addition to spokesperson because of its Lucky Hit cigarette brand. With her girl-next-door attraction and personal high-necked blouses, Collins quickly surfaced as Your Strike Parade’s breakout superstar — she and Scott wed in 1952, with the peak of the fame the few collaborated on Aware of Dorothy & Raymond, one in some LPs she documented for the Coral label. After exiting Your Strike Parade in 1957, Collins became a member of The Steve Allen Present, and using its multi-talented web host recorded the record Picnic. Immediately after she rejoined Your Strike Parade, staying with this program until its cancellation in 1959. Collins afterwards offered as co-host alongside Allen Funt over the long-running Candid Surveillance camera. After divorcing Scott in 1965, she wedded actor/vocalist Ron Holgate, and in 1971 produced her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, gaining widespread vital acclaim along with a Tony Prize nomination on her behalf show-stopping “Shedding My Brain.” Collins spent the rest of the 10 years in stock businesses and dinner movie theater, and also installed many U.S. cabaret trips. A lifelong struggle with asthma finally pressured her into pension in 1980, and she channeled her energy in to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, offering because the organization’s vice chief executive from 1988 onward. Collins passed away of respiratory stress at her house in Watervliet, NY, on July 21, 1994.

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Full Name Dorothy Collins
Date Of Birth November 18, 1926
Died July 21, 1994, Watervliet, New York, United States
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality Canadian, American
Spouse Ron Holgate, Raymond Scott
Music Songs Losing My Mind, My Boy Flat Top, Who's Afraid of Thunder, Mister Santa, What's Inside Our Earth, Get Happy!, Baciare, Baciare, Cool It Baby, We're Making Heat, It's a Magnet, Ice Is a Solid, How Many Colors Are in the Rainbow, We Know the Air Is There, Why Is It Raining Raindrops?, Where Does the Sun Go at Night, Why Do I Have a Shadow, You're Gonna Love Tomorrow / Love Will See Us Through, Love and Marriage, Experiment Songs: How Many Colors Are in the Rainbow?, The Italian Theme, If'n, Rocks and Gems and Minerals, Where Does the Sun Rise, Before I Die, I Want It to Be Right, Rock and Roll Train, Tweedlee Dee, Experiment Songs: Rocks and Gems and Minerals, Mr. Wonderful, Too Many Mornings, Experiment Songs: It's a Magnet, Experiment Songs: Why is it Raining Raindrops?
Albums Experiment Songs, At Home, Won't You Spend Christmas With Me, A New Way to Travel, Dedicatory Piece, Hot Diggity, Dorothy Collins, Vol. 3 (Mono Version) [feat. Dick Jacobs and His Orchestra, Georges Cates and His Orchestra], Before I Die (Mono Version) [feat. Dick Jacobs et son orchestre], Picnic: Sings Steve Allen, The Uncollected: Raymond Scott And His Orchestra (Vol 2), Experiment Songs (from Ballads for the Age of Science), Silly Heart, Essential Hits, Cheek to Cheek (Live), Experiment Songs (1960), The Very Best Of, Songs by Dorothy Collins, Ectoplasm, Glow Worm, We're Together, Christmas Classics, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Seven Days, Moments to Remember, Love and Marriage, Christmas with Dorothy Collins, Get Happy!, Miss Rock (Mono Version) [feat. George Cates et son orchestre], All Full of Empty, So Madly in Love, Vintage Vocal Jazz / Swing No. 172 - EP: Teenage Rebel, Small World, Crazy Rhythm, You're a Magnet, Picnic
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical
TV Shows Candid Camera, Your Hit Parade

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1 Several Dorothy Collins CDs on Amazon.com.
2 Radio debut: 1943 on Raymond Scott Show.
3 First child, Deborah Scott, born in October, 1954.
4 From her marriage to Ron Holgate, she had a daughter, Melissa Holgate.
5 First child, Deborah, born in November, 1954. Her second child with Raymond Scott was named Elizabeth.
6 Was nominated for Broadway's 1972 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Follies."
7 Suffered from asthma.



The Danny Kaye Show 1964 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1958-1959 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Never Love a Stranger 1958 performer: "Never Love a Stranger"
Your Hit Parade 1952-1956 TV Series performer - 11 episodes
The Jack Benny Program 1953 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Candid Camera: 5 Decades of Smiles 2005 Video
The Bell Telephone Hour 1960 TV Series
The Voice of Firestone 1959 TV Series
The United States Steel Hour 1957 TV Series Cecily
The Jack Benny Program 1953-1954 TV Series Lucky Strike Commercial / Woman in Commercial / 2nd Lucky Strike Commercial



ABC Late Night 1975 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1972 TV Series Herself - Guest
The David Frost Show 1971-1972 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The 26th Annual Tony Awards 1972 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1972 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1962-1971 TV Series Herself / Herself - Vocalist
The Match Game 1963-1967 TV Series Herself - Team Captain
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1966 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Bell Telephone Hour 1960-1965 TV Series Herself - Singer
Password All-Stars 1961-1965 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant
The Danny Kaye Show 1964-1965 TV Series Herself
The Jimmy Dean Show 1964 TV Series Herself
The Garry Moore Show 1958-1963 TV Series Herself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1958-1963 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
I've Got a Secret 1962 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Candid Camera 1960 TV Series Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1960 TV Series Herself
The Arthur Murray Party 1960 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958-1959 TV Series Singer / Herself
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams 1959 TV Series Herself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957-1958 TV Series Herself - Singer
Your Hit Parade 1951-1958 TV Series Herself - Vocalist / Herself / Herself - Singer
The Bob Crosby Show 1958 TV Series Herself
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom 1958 TV Series Herself
The Big Record 1958 TV Series Herself
The Jonathan Winters Show 1956-1957 TV Series Herself
Person to Person 1955 TV Series documentary Herself
Private Secretary 1954 TV Series Herself - Lucky Strike Commercials
Texaco Star Theatre 1952 TV Series Herself
Cavalcade of Stars 1951 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
The Morey Amsterdam Show 1948 TV Series Herself - Singer

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Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott 2010 Documentary Herself

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