Dorothy Arnold

Active - 1913 - 1957  |   Born - Nov 21, 1917   |   Died - Nov 13, 1984   |   Genres - Crime, Drama, Comedy, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

A nightclub dancer, blond Dorothy Arnold (born Olson) enjoyed a brief stint with Universal in the late '30s -- notably as the imperiled heroine of Bela Lugosi's 1939 serial The Phantom Creeps and as the undercover chorus girl in the whodunit House of Fear (1939) -- before retiring to become the first wife of baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Their marriage lasted until 1952 but ended in a protracted court battle over a son, Joseph DiMaggio III. With her third husband, Gary Peck, she later ran a successful supper club in Palm Springs, Charcoal Charley's, where she often performed. Dorothy Arnold died from pancreatic cancer.

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