Dorris Bowdon (Dorris Estelle Bowdon)

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Coldwater, Mississippi, USA
Dorris Bowdon was discovered by a scout from 20th Century Fox, after she had just won the Miss Memphis 1937 title. She went west to Hollywood, along with two other ingénues, Linda Darnell and Mary Healy, who to this day has remained her closest friend. A friend in the publicity department arranged for her to meet with Nunnally Johnson, who was just finishing up The Grapes of Wrath (1940). He became smitten with the beauty, who was 18 years his junior, and they soon married. Read more...