Dorothy Young

Dorothy Lena Young (May 3, 1907  March 20, 2011) was an American entertainer who worked as a stage assistant to magician Harry Houdini from 1925 to 1926. She later became a Broadway actress as well as a touring dancer.

Dorothy Young
Dorothy Lena Young

(1907-05-03)May 3, 1907
DiedMarch 20, 2011(2011-03-20) (aged 103)
OccupationActress, stage assistant to Harry Houdini, novelist
Years active1925–2007


She was selected by Houdini because she was shorter than he was.[1] She left the act two months prior to his death on October 31, 1926. She appeared in the several Houdini documentaries.

After his death, Young, the daughter of a Methodist minister, appeared on Broadway in Jarnegan (1928–29), Conquest (1933), and New Faces of 1936 (1936). After leaving acting, she and her second husband, Gilbert Kiamie, toured the world as the Latin dancing team of "Dorothy and Gilbert".

She was the author of two novels loosely based on her life: Diary Without Dates and Dancing on a Dime, the latter of which was made into a feature film in 1940 by Universal Studios, as well as the booklet Touring with Houdini, published in 2003.

Personal life

Her first husband, Robert Perkins, died after 13 years of marriage. Her second husband, Gilbert Kiamie, died in 1992. Young, the last surviving member of Houdini's touring show, died in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, on March 20, 2011, aged 103.[2][3]

See also



  1. Basha, Lena. "A Living Legend". September/October 2007. Daughters of the American Revolution American Spirit Magazine. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  2. "Houdini's last surviving stage assistant dies". Associated Press. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  3. "Obituary: Dorothy Young". The Telegraph. 22 Mar 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012.

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