Wednesday, November 18, 2009

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

"DOROTHY COLLINS, the pert and pretty vocalist of television's YOUR HIT PARADE fame, possesses one of the most delightful singing voices and readily recognizable faces in the entertainment world. A native of Windsor, Ontario, she has probably been seen and heard by more Americans than any other TV star in the business. As a featured star of YOUR HIT PARADE she was a welcome visitor each week in millions of American homes on both radio and TV. More recently she has delighted TV viewers over a two year period with her marvelous performances on CANDID CAMERA. She has acted the role of everything from a department store dummy to a bewildered bride on her honeymoon, to the driver of an automobile without an engine, which proved to be one of the all time comic highlights of this program. Many fans are seeing Dorothy in a new light - a gracious hostess, a fine actress, a talented comedienne, as well as an outstanding vocalist.

"Some of the top network television programs on which has appeared with regularity as a guest artist are: THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE, THE DANNY KAYE SHOW, THE PERRY COMO SHOW, BELL TELEPHONE HOUR, GARY MOORE SHOW, PASSWORD, MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW, MERV GRIFFIN SHOW, and many others.

"The versatile Miss Collins has become much in demand as a musical comedy star and night club entertainer, as well as being sought after for television appearances. Setting records throughout the nation she has portrayed the lead roles in "CAROUSEL," "SOUTH PACIFIC," "BRIGADOON," "THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN," "MY FAIR LADY," "THE SOUND OF MUSIC," "ANNIE GET YOUR GUN" and "DO I HEAR A WALTZ?" amonh others.

"In addition, her night club engagements read like a "Who's Who" of the top niteries, including the Thunderbird in Las Vegas, the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood, Harrah's Club in Lake Tahoe, the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles and the famous Copacabana in New York City.

"She has also recorded a formidable list of best selling singles and LP recordings.

"Recently she was married to singer-actor RON HOLGATE."

November 18, 1926 - July 21, 1994


  1. Goddess, yes: the original Sally Durant Plummer in the original cast (1971) of 'Follies', music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Only, maybe, outshone by Barbara Cook's turn in the 1985 2-night-only revival at Lincoln Center.

  2. FABULOUS performance. I love the cut on the dress - too bad about the fur cuff's, though.

  3. I was think more of the two gaylords in shorts prancing in the first song.. asthecookie , I think Bette Davis wore the same dress in a bad 60's movie...

  4. Saw the original "Follies" way back in '71 and thought it was the best musical I had ever seen up to that time- almost 30 years after, I still do. It made Alexis Smith the well-deserved toast of Broadway but Dorothy, as Sally, gave a wonderful, touching performance and she got to sing this torch song which I consider the best one in the score.