Dody Goodman

Dolores "Dody" Goodman was a natural flake and parlayed that unserious, fun loving nature into a comedy career that lasted over five decades on stage, screen, and television. She started as a dancer on Broadway in the ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1914 in Columbus, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

Boston Common 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Frozen Assets 1992 (Movie)

Mrs Patterson (Actor)

Samantha 1992 (Movie)

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Cool As Ice 1991 (Movie)

Mae McCallister (Actor)

1986 Miss America Pageant 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Chipmunk Adventure 1987 (Movie)

Miss Miller (Voice)

Diff'rent Strokes 1978 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Private Resort 1985 (Movie)

Mrs. Rawlings (Actor)

Splash 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Stimler (Actor)

Max Dugan Returns 1983 (Movie)

Mrs Litke (Actor)

Texas 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 2 1982 (Movie)

Blanche (Actor)

The Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Grease 1978 (Movie)

Blanche (Actor)

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Liar's Club 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Bedtime Story 1964 (Movie)

Fanny Eubank (Actor)

The Tonight Show 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

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CHiPs (TV Show)

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Splash, Too (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Dolores "Dody" Goodman was a natural flake and parlayed that unserious, fun loving nature into a comedy career that lasted over five decades on stage, screen, and television. She started as a dancer on Broadway in the late 1940s and early '50s, gaining fame for her rendition of a novelty song called "Someone's Been Sending Me Flowers" in off-Broadway's "Shoestring Revue." This brought her to the attention of talk show host Jack Paar, whose "Tonight Show" talk show had begun in 1957 to great enthusiasm. Goodman became a semi-regular on the show but had a falling out with Paar in the second season due to what the host claimed was Dody's constant attempts to upstage him. Undaunted, Goodman used her goofy looks, high-pitched voice, and silly demeanor to carve out a niche for herself on stage and TV throughout the 1960s. She made a splash in the mid 1970s as the mother of Louise Lasser's main character on the soap opera spoof "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." Feature film roles in the musicals "Grease" and "Grease 2" followed, as well as the occasional return to the "Tonight Show," now hosted by Johnny Carson. She had recurring roles on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" and did voice work for the animated series "Alvin & the Chipmunks" in the 1980s. Her madcap persona was a perfect fit for the stage show "Nunsense," where she played both Sister Amnesia and Mother Superior in traveling companies nationwide in the 1990s. She died at the age of 93.

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