Actor

Dorothy Alison

Quick Facts

IntroAustralian stage, film, and television actress
Was Actor
From Australia
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Genderfemale
Birth 4 April 1925, Broken Hill
Death 17 January 1992
(aged 66 years)

Biography

Dorothy Alison (4 April 1925 – 17 January 1992) was an Australian stage, film and television actress.
She was born in the New South Wales mining city of Broken Hill and educated at Sydney Girls High School. She moved to London in 1949 to further her career. Aside from her numerous mostly-supporting film roles, she appeared in several television programmes and miniseries, including a prominent role in A Town Like Alice, The Adventures of Robin Hood as the Duchess Constance and other TV shows.
She was nominated for two BAFTA awards: Most Promising Newcomer for Mandy (1952) and Best British Actress for Reach for the Sky (1956). For her performance in A Town Like Alice, she won the 1982 Logie Award (Australian television) for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Telemovie.
She died in London two-and-a-half months before her 67th birthday.

Selected filmography

  • Sons of Matthew (1949)
  • Eureka Stockade (1949)
  • Mandy (1952)
  • Turn the Key Softly (1953)
  • The Maggie (1954)
  • The Purple Plain (1954)
  • The Feminine Touch (1956)
  • The Long Arm (1956)
  • Reach for the Sky (1956)
  • The Silken Affair (1956)
  • The Scamp (1957)
  • Interpol (1957)
  • The Man Upstairs (1958)
  • Life in Emergency Ward 10 (1959)
  • The Nun’s Story (1959)
  • Two Living, One Dead (1961)
  • Georgy Girl (1966)
  • Pretty Polly (1967)
  • Blind Terror, also known as See No Evil (1971)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
  • The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972)
  • The Return of the Soldier (1982)
  • The Winds of Jarrah (1983)
  • Rikky and Pete (1988)
  • Evil Angels, also known as A Cry in the Dark (1988)
  • Australia (1989)
  • Malpractice (1989)