Years active 1930-1964
|Name Dorothy Peterson|
Role Film actress
|Born December 25, 1897 (1897-12-25) Hector, Minnesota, U.S.|
Died October 3, 1979, New York City, New York, United States
Spouse Guinn "Big Boy" Williams (m. 1943–1962)
Movies Saboteur, The Woman in the Wind, Dark Victory, Mr Skeffington, Payment Deferred
Similar People Clem Bevans, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Ian Wolfe, Charles Brabin, Billy Curtis
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Dorothy Peterson (December 25, 1897 – October 3, 1979) was an American actress.
Peterson was born in Hector, Minnesota of Swedish immigrant ancestry. She made her screen debut in Mothers Cry (1930), a domestic drama that required the 29-year-old actress to age nearly three decades in the course of the film.
Mothers Cry instantly typecast Peterson in careworn maternal roles, which she continued to assay for the rest of her career. Most of her subsequent film assignments were supporting roles like Mrs. Hawkins in Treasure Island (1934). In 1942, she briefly replaced Olive Blakeney as Mrs. Aldrich in the comedy series entry Henry Aldrich for President.
Her last screen appearance was as the mother of Shirley Temple in That Hagen Girl (1947). Peterson remained active on the New York TV and theatrical scene until the early 1960s. She appeared in 83 films, and made several television appearances between 1930 and 1964.
She died in New York City, aged 81.