Biography

Plain, angular Doro Merande was one of those delightful character actresses you couldn't take your eyes off of, no matter how minuscule the part. She excelled at playing older than she was -- doting aunts, inveterate gossips, curt secretaries and small-minded townspeople -- all topped with an amusing warble in her voice and bristly eccentric edge. Too bad then that she wasn't used more in films, but she preferred live theater and based herself for the most part on the East Coast. She was born Dora Matthews in Kansas in 1892 and orphaned as a child. Growing up in boarding schools, she headed to New York and pursued an acting career immediately after finishing her education. She appeared long and hard on the stock stage before making it on Broadway at age 43. She settled there sparking over 25 Broadway plays in her lifetime, including a scene-stealing turn in the classic Thorton Wilder play "Our Town" which brought her to Hollywood to preserve the role on film. On and off she remained a delightful film and TV cameo player with roles in The Gazebo (1959), Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The (1966) and The Front Page (1974). She and star Enid Markey (Jane of the "Tarzan" film silents) starred together as pampering aunts in the sitcom Bringing Up Buddy (1960), but, despite promising ratings, the two veteran actresses did not get along and the series folded after only a season. Ms. Merande was also a recurring presence for Jackie Gleason on his variety show. She died, in fact, of a stroke while there in Miami to film an episode.

Date of Birth 31 March 1892, Columbia, Kansas

Date of Death 1 November 1975, New York City, New York  (stroke)

Plain, angular Doro Merande was one of those delightful character actresses you couldn't take your eyes off of, no matter how minuscule the part. She excelled at playing older than she was -- doting aunts, inveterate gossips, curt secretaries and small-minded townspeople -- all topped with an amusing warble in her voice and bristly eccentric edge. Too bad then that she wasn't used more in films, but she preferred live theater and based herself for the most part on the East Coast. She was born Dora Matthews in Kansas in 1892 and orphaned as a child. Growing up in boarding schools, she headed to New York and pursued an acting career immediately after finishing her education. She appeared long and hard on the stock stage before making it on Broadway at age 43. She settled there sparking over 25 Broadway plays in her lifetime, including a scene-stealing turn in the classic Thorton Wilder play "Our Town" which brought her to Hollywood to preserve the role on film. On and off she remained a delightful film and TV cameo player with roles in The Gazebo (1959), Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The (1966) and The Front Page (1974). She and star Enid Markey (Jane of the "Tarzan" film silents) starred together as pampering aunts in the sitcom Bringing Up Buddy (1960), but, despite promising ratings, the two veteran actresses did not get along and the series folded after only a season. Ms. Merande was also a recurring presence for Jackie Gleason on his variety show. She died, in fact, of a stroke while there in Miami to film an episode.

Date of Birth 31 March 1892, Columbia, Kansas

Date of Death 1 November 1975, New York City, New York  (stroke)

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 28

Birthday 1892-03-31

Day of Death 1975-11-01

Place of Birth -

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Dora Matthews

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1974 The Front Page as Jennie
1971 Making It as Librarian
1968 Skidoo as The Mayor
1967 Hurry Sundown as Ada Hemmings
1964 Kiss Me, Stupid as Mrs. Pettibone
1963 The Cardinal as Picket
1962 Sam Benedict (1 episode)
1961 The New Breed (1 episode)
1960 Bringing Up Buddy (36 episodes) as Aunt Iris Flower
1960 Thriller (1 episode)
1959 The Gazebo as Matilda
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1955 The Man with the Golden Arm as Vi
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 The Honeymooners (1 episode)
1955 The Seven Year Itch as Waitress at Vegetarian Restaurant (uncredited)
1952 Omnibus (1 episode)
1951 Tales of Tomorrow (1 episode)
1951 The Whistle at Eaton Falls as Miss Pringle
1951 Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell as Mrs. Hammer
1949 Cover Up as Hilda - Weatherby Houekeeper
1948 The Snake Pit as Asylum Patient
1940 Our Town as Mrs. Soames
1935 Bad Boy as Mrs. Jackson
1935 Navy Wife as Nurse Sharpe
1933 Strictly Personal as Club Member
1933 State Fair as Mrs. Metcalfe's Acquaintance at Food Contest (uncredited)
1932 Wayward as Maid

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