November 13, 1984: Death of Duluthian Dorothy Arnold

In this day in 1984, Duluthian Dorothy Arnold died in a cancer clinic in Ensenada, Mexico. She was born Dorothy Arnoldine Olson on November 21, 1917, in Duluth. Dorothy began performing at age twelve. She sang with the Salvation Army, in children’s programs, and at parties. She attended Denfeld High School graduating in 1935. After high school, she toured the Midwest in a Balaban and Katz stage unit. Later, while she was singing for NBC in New York, she signed a movie contract with Universal Studios and was off to Hollywood. Her first credited role in a movie was in The Storm (1938), which her family saw at Duluth’s Lyric Theater. She appeared in You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939), Code of the Streets (1939), The House of Fear (1939), and several other films. On November 19, 1939, Arnold married baseball legend Joe Dimaggio. Reportedly over 10,000 onlookers crowded the streets outside the church to get a glimpse of the Yankee star. Dorothy gave birth to Joe DiMaggio III on October 23, 1941, and by 1944 they had divorced. Read more about Arnold’s life here.

Dorothy Arnold (Image: Public Domain.)

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