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Dorothy Young

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Dorothy Young
BornDorothy Lena Young
May 3, 1907
Otisville, New York
DiedMarch 20, 2011 (age 103)
Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Dorothy Young (1907-2011) was the last surviving member of Harry Houdini's touring show. [1]


She toured the country with Houdini's Broadway-style show in 1925-1926. Her act was called the Radio Girl and she appeared out of a seemingly empty radio then danced the Charleston.

After performing for a year with Houdini, Ms. Young went on to a short career in films (Flying Down To Rio) and toured the country in a dance act with her second husband. Young appears in the documentary Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery (2005) as herself. Veras Films made a documentary about Dorothy Young before she passed away.[2]

She was the author of two novels loosely based on her life: "Diary Without Dates and Dancing on a Dime", the latter of which was made into a feature film in 1940 by Universal Studios, as well as the booklet "Touring with Houdini", published in 2003.

Ms. Young never told the secrets of Houdini's amazing deceptions during her 103 years of life.[3]


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