Kathryn Adams Doty, actress in Hitchcock’s ‘Saboteur,’ dies at 96

Kathryn Adams Doty, an actress best known for her supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Saboteur,” died Oct. 14. She was 96.

Doty was born in New Ulm, Minn., and began working in Hollywood in the late 1930s after competing in a radio contest called, “Getaway to Hollywood.”

She began using the stage name Kathryn Adams, and scored her first screen role in 1939’s “Fifth Avenue Girl,” starring Ginger Rogers.


She married fellow actor Hugh Beaumont (“Leave It to Beaver”) in 1942, and also nabbed the role that she is perhaps most well-known for, that of a young mother named Mrs. Brown in “Saboteur.”

She had three children with Beaumont. Her final film role was in 1946 as Phyllis Hamilton in “Blonde for a Day,” in which she starred alongside Beaumont.

The couple divorced in 1974. Doty later married Fred Doty, who died in 2011.

After retiring from acting, Doty worked as a teacher and a psychologist. She also wrote two novels, “A Long Year of Silence” and “Wild Orphan,” and an autobiography, “Becoming the Mother of Me.”

She is survived by her three children, Hunter, Kristan and Mark, as well as six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


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