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Dorothy Kingsley

  • Highest Rated: 90% Kiss Me Kate (1953)
  • Lowest Rated: 35% Valley of the Dolls (1967)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The daughter of journalist Walter Kingsley and stage actress Alma Hanlon, Dorothy Kingsley was a divorced mother of three living in fashionable Grosse Pointe, Michigan when she came down with the measles. Confined to bed for a week, Kingsley listened to the radio virtually nonstop, especially the comedy shows. Upon hearing a particularly dreadful piece of material one evening, Kingsley sat up and muttered something like "I can write better stuff than that." She moved to New York and made good her boast, becoming one of radioland's few successful female gag writers of the 1930s. While writing for Edgar Bergen she was brought to Hollywood to punch up the script for Bergen's RKO feature film Look Who's Laughing (1941). She remained in Tinseltown for good after that, working primarily on MGM's musicals (her favorites were the Esther Williams pictures) and comedies. She earned a reputation as one of the industry's foremost "fixers": no matter how many wildly divergent singing, dancing and comic talents were thrown at her in any one picture, she was always able to fix up a logical plotline that would accommodate the entire cast. Nominated for six Writer's Guild awards, Kingsley finally won the prize for her work on 1954's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which also earned her an Oscar nomination. Kingsley's last film assignment for many years was the 1967 adaptation of the Broadway musical Half a Sixpence Two years later, she created the "inside-Hollywood" TV series Bracken's World, which ran until 1970. While living in semiretirement in the early 1990s, Dorothy Kingsley approached media mogul Ted Turner with the idea of updating her 1951 MGM comedy/fantasy Angels in the Outfield; that project finally came to fruition in 1994, with virtually all of Kingsley's script suggestions intact. Ms. Kingsley died of heart failure in Carmel, California at the age of 87.

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35% Valley of the Dolls Screenwriter 1967
No Score Yet Pepe Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Can-Can Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Green Mansions Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet Don't Go Near the Water Screenwriter 1957
78% Pal Joey Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Jupiter's Darling Screenwriter 1955
88% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Screenwriter 1954
90% Kiss Me Kate Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Dangerous When Wet Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Small Town Girl Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet It's a Big Country Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Angels in the Outfield Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Texas Carnival Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Two Weeks with Love Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet The Skipper Surprised His Wife Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet Neptune's Daughter Screenwriter 1949
57% A Date with Judy Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet On an Island with You Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Easy to Wed Screenwriter 1946
No Score Yet Bathing Beauty Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Broadway Rhythm Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Girl Crazy Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Look Who's Laughing Screenwriter 1941


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