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Dorothy Young

The following video about Dorothy's life was produced by her great grandson,
James Perkins, Veras Films ( It was made in celebration
 of Dorothy's 100 birthday. May 3, 2008, Dorothy celebrated her 101st birthday.


A love of life and enjoyment of the arts have been the hallmark of the long and successful career of centenarian Dorothy Young. For many years she was a well-known dancer; for one year at the age of 17 she performed all over the country as Houdini’s assistant and was famous for her “radio girl” act, in which she sprang from an “empty” radio to dance the Charleston! Dorothy went on to become an actress, author, then noted painter – with seemingly a Midas touch for every artistic endeavor she pursued. In her mid-nineties, Dorothy contributed the largest gift ever received by Drew University, of which both her father and brother were alumni, and founded the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts to encourage young people to follow her passion. Dorothy also enjoys the companionship of Stan, a “gentleman friend,”  proving that we don’t outgrow our desire for love and relationships. They’ve been an “item” for ten years.
     More photos of Dorothy

Dorothy Young and
Drew University President,
Thomas H. Kean, at the groundbreaking
of the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
at Drew University, April, 2001.

Dorothy and Drew University President Thomas Kean

Dorothy and Drew University President Thomas Kean

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