The Teen Years
The Teen Years
This chapter focuses on Dorothy's adolescent years. Dorothy's teen years were spent as an upper-middle-class young lady. She received piano lessons. She probably received tennis lessons—or at least she learned to play tennis, a sport she enjoyed on both coasts. A naturally athletic young woman, she swam and occasionally played golf. In high school, she won a basketball prize. Dorothy knew women who had performed in shows produced by her father and who had had successful acting careers. But it is hard to say if a close knowledge of these actresses would have inspired or discouraged her. Although vivacious and attractive, with alluring dark brown eyes, Dorothy was not showgirl pretty. The strength of her features, the pronounced nose and lips, were not the rosebud ideal of feminine beauty of the time. If Dorothy compared herself to the actresses she knew in terms of talent and physical attributes, it is hard to guess what conclusions she might have drawn. Even as a teenager, she seemed to see herself more in character roles, frequently male, than in ingénue parts.
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