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Dorothy Dickson

(1893-1995), Actress and dancer

Sitter in 22 portraits

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Dorothy Dickson, by Angus McBean - NPG P1701

Dorothy Dickson

by Angus McBean
gelatin silver print, 1938
NPG P1701

Dorothy Dickson, by Angus McBean - NPG P918

Dorothy Dickson

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P918

Dorothy Dickson, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160426

Dorothy Dickson

by Unknown photographer
bromide postcard print, 1920s
NPG Ax160426

Dorothy Dickson, by Foulsham & Banfield - NPG x138251

Dorothy Dickson

by Foulsham & Banfield
bromide postcard print, 1920s
NPG x138251

Dorothy Dickson, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x194491

Dorothy Dickson

by Dorothy Wilding
gelatin silver print, 1920s
NPG x194491

Dorothy Dickson, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x194492

Dorothy Dickson

by Dorothy Wilding
gelatin silver print, 1920s
NPG x194492

Dorothy Dickson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x158862

Dorothy Dickson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 30 September 1921
NPG x158862

Dorothy Dickson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x158863

Dorothy Dickson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 30 September 1921
NPG x158863

Dorothy Dickson, by Florence Vandamm - NPG x194490

Dorothy Dickson

by Florence Vandamm
gelatin silver print, circa 1921
NPG x194490

Dorothy Dickson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83049

Dorothy Dickson

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 1921
NPG x83049

Dorothy Dickson, by Sasha (Alexander Stewart) - NPG x28336

Dorothy Dickson

by Sasha (Alexander Stewart)
bromide print, 26 March 1928
NPG x28336

Dorothy Dickson, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x14996

Dorothy Dickson

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1930s
NPG x14996

Dorothy Dickson, by Janet Jevons - NPG x198102

Dorothy Dickson

by Janet Jevons
hand-coloured bromide postcard print, circa 1930
NPG x198102

Dorothy Dickson; Dorothy Hyson, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x46507

Dorothy Dickson; Dorothy Hyson

by Dorothy Wilding
vintage bromide proof print, 1933
NPG x46507

Dorothy Dickson, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x13460

Dorothy Dickson

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1935
NPG x13460

Dorothy Dickson; Sir Charles Blake Cochran, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x76566

Dorothy Dickson; Sir Charles Blake Cochran

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide print, 17 June 1939
NPG x76566

Dorothy Dickson, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14059

Dorothy Dickson

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1944
NPG x14059

Dorothy Dickson as Helen of Troy, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14060

Dorothy Dickson as Helen of Troy

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1944
NPG x14060

Dorothy Dickson, by Anthony Buckley - NPG x76099

Dorothy Dickson

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1954
NPG x76099

Dorothy Dickson, by Alfred Cheney Johnston - NPG x194256

Dorothy Dickson

by Alfred Cheney Johnston
vintage print, circa 1966
NPG x194256

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Anjel Candy

12 September 2017, 11:52

Dorothy Schofield Dickson (1893-1995) dancer, singer, stage and screen actress was born in Kansas City, Missouri on 26 July 1893. Her parents were Chicago journalist, William Bradford Dickson (1860-) and Clara M Barrett (1863-1946), both became members of the Christian Science movement.

In 1914 Dorothy Dickson dropped out of Madame Young's Chicago finishing school to form a dancing and marital partnership with Carl Constantine Hyson Jr (1887-1966). They performed throughout the US, before Dorothy joined the Ziegfeld Follies in 1917. The couple divorced in 1936. They had one daughter, actress Dorothy Wardell Hyson (1914-1996).

Coming to Britain first in 1921 Dorothy Dickson found great success with her version of the Jerome Kern song, "Look For The Silver Lining" in the 1921 production of "Sally". She had a 73 year friendship with Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the Queen Mother) from 1922 until her death in London, 26 September 1995 aged 102.

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