Dolores Dorn

Dolores Dorn (born Dolores Heft;[1] March 3, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American film and television actress, co-star of The Bounty Hunter (1954),[2] Uncle Vanya (1957),[3] Underworld U.S.A. (1961),[4] and several other films through 1985. On Broadway she was billed as Dolores Dorn-Heft.[5]

Dolores Dorn
Dolores M. Heft

(1934-03-03) March 3, 1934
Other namesDolores Dorn-Heft
Years active1954–1980
Franchot Tone
(m. 1956; div. 1959)

Ben Piazza
(m. 1967; div. 1979)

Early years

Dorn is the daughter of an automobile dealer in Chicago.[6] A graduate of the Goodman Art Theatre in Chicago, she finished third in the Miss Chicago contest in 1950 and second in the same contest in 1951.[7]


Before appearing in films, Dorn acted with the Shaffner Players in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.[8] She appeared in Hide and Seek (1957) on Broadway[9] and in the off-Broadway production Between Two Thieves.[10]


Dorn had second billing in The Bounty Hunter, a western starring Randolph Scott in which her character, Julie Spencer, ends up married to Scott's. She played the wife of Alan Ladd in the actor's last leading-man role in a Hollywood film, 13 West Street, and was featured as "Cuddles," the moll of convict Cliff Robertson, in the crime film Underworld, U.S.A.


Dorn appeared in a number of made-for-TV films and as a guest star in series such as Ironside, Charlie's Angels, Simon & Simon, Run for Your Life, and The Untouchables.

Additional filmography

Film and Television[11]
Year Title Role Notes
1954Phantom of the Rue MorgueCamilleFilm
1954Lucky MeTroupe MemberFilm, Uncredited
1954The Bounty HunterJulie SpencerFilm
1957Uncle VanyaElena Andreevna
1961Underworld U.S.A.CuddlesFilm
196213 West StreetTracey SherillFilm
1962The UntouchablesMady Collins aka Mady KernerTV, Episode: "The Monkey Wrench"
1973The Candy SnatchersKatherineFilm
1974Truck Stop WomenTrishFilm
1977Intimate StrangersDoloresTV movie
1980Tell Me a RiddleViviFilm


Dorn became an acting teacher with the American Film Institute in 1977 and later with the Lee Strasberg Institute.

Personal life

Dorn was married to actors Ben Piazza and Franchot Tone.[12]


  1. Parsons, Louella (July 14, 1953). "Paramount Closes Deal to Buy 'Hazel Flagg;' Based on Hecht Play". Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico, Albuquerque. International News Service. p. 19. Retrieved October 31, 2016 via
  2. "Realistic Fight Between Two Screen Beauties". The Hartford Courant. September 13, 1953. p. D15.
  3. "'Uncle Vanya'; Franchot Tone Stars in Chekhov Drama". The New York Times. April 29, 1958. p. 26.
  4. Howard Thompson (1961-05-13). "Movie Review - Underworld U S A - 'Underworld, U.S.A.' and 'Mad Dog Coll'". Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  5. "Columbia Signs Dolores Dorn". The Evening Sun. Maryland, Baltimore. November 19, 1960. p. 11. Retrieved 11 March 2019 via
  6. "Dorn Not Tootin'". Independent Press-Telegram. California, Long Beach. August 9, 1953. p. 55.
  7. "Toby and Susie Show Set For Week of August 4". The Palmyra Spectator. Palmyra, MO. July 23, 1952. p. 1. Retrieved October 31, 2016 via
  8. Hill, Ernie (July 10, 1954). "Englishmen 'Patient Wolves' Hollywood Starlet Finds". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. Chicago Daily News Service. p. 5. Retrieved 11 March 2019 via
  9. "Dolores Dorn-Heft". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 11 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  10. "Dolores Dorn Is Signed". The Evening Sun. Maryland, Baltimore. May 6, 1961. p. 8. Retrieved 11 March 2019 via
  11. "Dolores Dorn". BFI.
  12. "Franchot Tone Dead at 63". Ogden Standard-Examiner. Utah, Ogden. September 19, 1968. p. 1. Retrieved October 31, 2016 via

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