Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rest in Peace Dorothy Young

Dorothy Young, passed away on Sunday at the age of 103. She is the last living person to have worked with and seen Harry Houdini. She had quite an interesting life as a dancer and dance instructor, painter and more.

Dorothy answered an Ad in Variety Magazine to be a showgirl in Houdini's Last Tour. She was the last to audition and got the job. She was the girl in the 'Radio' Illusion in which the box would be showed empty. Then Houdini would turn the dial and the radio could be heard to be playing a 'charleston' dance number and out would pop Dorothy dancing the 'charleston'.

At Drew University there is a hall there called The Dorothy Young Center for the Arts. You can read more about that here http://www.drewacorn.com/2.5512/a-19-year-old-dorothy-young-appeared-with-houdini-on-tour-1.841618

Here is an online obituary for her http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110323/ap_on_en_ot/us_obit_dorothy_young
She lived a long and full life. She will be missed and remembered fondly.

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