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Dorothy Coonan Wellman Obituary

Saturday, September 19th, 2009


Dorothy Coonan Wellman dies at 95


 Wild Boys of the Road


Warner Brothers dancer was widow of director William Wellman




Dorothy Coonan Wellman, widow of director William Wellman who danced in Busby Berkeley films, died Sept. 16 in Brentwood, Calif. She was 95.


Born in Minneapolis, she moved to Los Angeles as a child and started dancing for Warner Bros. at the age of 14. She appeared in films including “MGM’s Broadway Melody,” “Whoopee,” “Kiki,” “Palmy Days,” “42nd Street” and “Warners Gold Diggers of 1933.”


William Wellman cast her in the drama “Wild Boys of the Road” in 1933, and they were married the next year. Wellman, who directed the first best picture Oscar winner, “Wings,” died in 1975.


She is survived by seven children, 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


Donations may be made to the National Crittenton Foundation.