Saturday, May 1

Dorothy Provine Dies at 75, The Shapely Actress in '60s

As per her husband Robert Day, the cause was emphysema. Ms. Provine appeared in more than 40 film and television productions, starting in 1958 in the title role in the movie “The Bonnie Parker Story.” Five years later, Mr. Kramer cast her as Emmeline Marcus Finch, the only character in “Mad, Mad World” not obsessed with finding $350,000 in buried treasure.

She was born on January 20th, 1935 in South Dakota. She played on over 40 movies and TV series roles. She began her career in 1958 when she starred her first role in The Bonnie Parker Story. In 1964 she landed her role in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as Emmeline Marcus. Then in 1960 she continued her career by playing Pinky Pinkham in The Roaring 20s.

She guest starred on the television series Man Without a Gun, starring Rex Reason. Provine starred in two series: The Alaskans with Roger Moore (1959–60) and The Roaring Twenties (1960–1962), both on ABC. In Roaring Twenties, she played the beautiful singer Pinky Pinkham. Rex Reason co-starred with her in the series, along with Donald May, John Dehner, Mike Road, and Gary Vinson. Provine recorded an album of songs from the show, and had two chart singles in the UK—"Don't Bring Lulu" (#17 in 1961) and "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune" (#45 in 1962).

She made a cameo appearance in Blake Edwards' The Great Race (1965). Her later films included It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Good Neighbor Sam (1964), That Darn Cat! (1965), Never a Dull Moment (1968), Who's Minding the Mint? (1967) and Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (1966).

Provine married director Robert Day in 1968 and retired from acting, apart from a handful of guest roles on television shows.
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