Nora Denney

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Nora "Dodo" Denney
Born Dolores Teachenor
(1927-09-03)September 3, 1927
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died November 20, 2005(2005-11-20) (aged 78)
Crestline, California, U.S.
Cause of death Breast cancer
Other names Dodo Denney
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959–1999
Spouse(s) Alan Denney
Children 2

Nora "Dodo" Denney (September 3, 1927 – November 20, 2005) was an American stage, television, and film actress.

Early life[edit]

She was born Dolores Teachenor in Kansas City, Missouri. Her nickname, Dodo, was derived from the first syllable of her first name, although she would eventually use the first name Nora as well.[citation needed]


Her show business career began in Kansas City when she was hired by the local television station Channel 5 (KCMO TV) to play Marilyn the Witch, an onscreen host for horror movies. She performed in many television series, including Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, Bewitched, Hart to Hart, Get Smart, Room 222 and That Girl.

Her film credits include Who's Minding the Mint? (1967), I Walk the Line (1970), Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (1971), I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? (1975), American Hot Wax (1978) and Truman (1995). She made her final film appearance in 1999 in Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil. She played school teacher "Mrs. (Paloma) Teevee" in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), and appeared in Splash (1984).

Personal life and later years[edit]

She was married to Alan Denney, an Art Director/illustrator for Hallmark Greeting Cards. While the couple raised their two sons, she became a popular character actress in films and television. The couple had two sons, Dix and John, founders of the Los Angeles-based punk rock band The Weirdos. She was also an avid gardener. Denney died on November 20, 2005, aged 78.

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1966 A Fine Madness Waitress uncredited
1967 Who's Minding the Mint? Bertha
1970 I Walk the Line Darlene Hunnicutt
1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Teevee
Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate Trudy
1975 I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? Theater Ticket Clerk
1978 American Hot Wax Louise's Mom
1980 The Gong Show Movie Tourist Lady
1981 Force: Five
1984 Splash Ms. Stein
1990 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Second Bridge Player
1995 Truman Mama Truman
1999 Ride with the Devil Elderly Woman final film role

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