Actress Doris Dowling, the brunette who made her screen debut as the hooker in Billy Wilder's classic 1945 drama The Lost Weekend, died Friday, June 18, 2004 in Los Angeles. She was 81. She also was cast as Alan Ladd's adulterous wife in The Blue Dahlia in 1946. In Italy, director Giuseppe de Santis hired her to star in Bitter Rice in 1949 as the jewelry thief hiding among and transformed by the "Mondinas," or female rice workers, in northern Italy's Po Valley. She also was Bianca in Orson Welles's 1952 screen version of Othello and later worked in television. Her marriage to bandleader Artie Shaw ended in divorce. This photo of Dowling and Shaw was taken in 1952.
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