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Gloria Dickson

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Cause of death  house fire
Siblings  Doris Dickerson
Role  Actress
Name  Gloria Dickson
Years active  1937-1945

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Full Name  Thais Alalia Dickerson
Born  August 13, 1917 (1917-08-13) Pocatello, Idaho, U.S.
Died  April 10, 1945, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  William Fitzgerald (m. 1944–1945), Ralph Murphy (m. 1941–1944), Perc West (m. 1938–1941)
Movies  They Won't Forget, They Made Me a Criminal, Lady of Burlesque, Power of the Press, Gold Diggers in Paris
Similar People  Perc West, George West, Busby Berkeley, Robert Rossen, Mervyn LeRoy

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Gloria Dickson (August 13, 1917 – April 10, 1945) was an American stage and screen actress of the 1930s and 1940s.


Gloria Dickson Gloria Dickson August 13 1917 April 10 1945

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Early years

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Born in Pocatello, Idaho as Thais Alalia Dickerson, she was the daughter of a banker. After her father's death in 1929, the family moved to California. She graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

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She began acting during high school in amateur theatre productions. Encouraged by her acting coaches, she moonlighted doing dramatic readings at social clubs and on KFOX radio station in Long Beach, California.


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In April 1936, as she worked in a production of the Federal Theatre Project, she was spotted by Warner Brothers talent scout Max Arnow who signed her to a Warner contract. Her film debut in 1937's They Won't Forget landed her on the top of Hollywood's short list of important up and comers, a distinction which allotted her enormous publicity. In autumn 1937, she was on many magazine covers and was the subject of several major movie magazine articles with titles like, The Luckiest Girl in the World and New Star of the Year.

Personal life

Dickson married Perc Westmore June 20, 1938, in Santa Barbara, California. She filed suit for divorce from him May 17, 1940. The uncontested divorce was granted June 22, 1941, in Los Angeles, California. Her second marriage was to director Ralph Murphy, whom she divorced in 1944. Later in 1944, she married William Fitzgerald, a former boxer.


Dickson died during a fire at her Los Angeles home caused by an unextinguished cigarette that ignited an overstuffed chair on the main floor while she slept upstairs. Her body, and that of her pet dog, were found in the bathroom, and it was assumed that she had attempted to escape through the bathroom window. She died from asphyxiation; flames had seared her lungs, and her body had suffered first- and second-degree burns. She is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


  • They Won't Forget (1937)
  • Talent Scout (1937)
  • Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
  • Racket Busters (1938)
  • Heart of the North (1938)
  • Secrets of an Actress (1938)
  • They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
  • Waterfront (1939)
  • The Cowboy Quarterback (1939)
  • No Place to Go (1939)
  • On Your Toes (1939)
  • Private Detective (1939)
  • King of the Lumberjacks (1940)
  • Tear Gas Squad (1940)
  • I Want a Divorce (1940)
  • This Thing Called Love (1940)
  • The Big Boss (1941)
  • Mercy Island (1941)
  • The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine (1942)
  • Power of the Press (1943)
  • Lady of Burlesque (1943)
  • The Crime Doctor's Strangest Case (1943)
  • Rationing (1944)
  • Stage credits

  • Wise Tomorrow (1937)
  • References

    Gloria Dickson Wikipedia