May 4, 2010

Dorothy Provine dies

A little over a year ago, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer shut down its print edition. We noted here at that time that there was “little to cheer about” in its demise – and we used an old photo of UW student Dorothy Provide at work, cheering the Huskies on in a football game they lost to the Ducks. It was a photo from a 1954 edition of the Intelligencer.

Little did we know that Provine, born in Deadwood in early 1935, would soon be passing the way of the iconic Seattle newspaper.

Press reports last week told of Provine's death on April 25 in Silverdale, Washington. She was 75 years old and died from emphysema.

Her obituary was printed in the April 29, 2010 edition of the New York Times.

While she never attained stellar fame, she performed in several popular movies of the 1950’s and ‘60s – including “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” which was laden with stars ranging from Spencer Tracy and Ethel Merman to Milton Berle and Jack Benny. It was an all-star cast and Dorothy Provine was tapped to be among them.

While she also was cast in several television series in the 1960s, it was her performance in the motion picture “The Great Race” that was most memorable for us. Actor Jack Lemmon was at his comedic best in the film, along with Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood. The clip below demonstrates the wonderfl talent possessed by Dorothy Provine.

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