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Dorris Bowdon

Dorris Bowdon was an American actress of The Grapes of Wrath, Young Mr. Lincoln, Jennie, Drums Along the Mohawk, and The Moon is Down fame. Her best-remembered role was Rose of Sharon, Tom Joad's (portrayed by Henry Fonda) pregnant sister, in the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic, The Grapes of Wrath.

Biographical fast facts

Full or original name at birth: Dorris Estelle Bowdon

Date and place of birth: December 27, 1914, Coldwater, Mississippi, U.S.A.

Date, place and cause of death: August 9, 2005, Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.* (Heart failure/Strokes)

Husband: Nunnally Johnson (m. February 4, 1940 - March 25, 1977) (his death)

Son: Scott Johnson
Daughters: Christie Johnson Lucero and Roxanna Johnson Lonergan

Note: Scott, Christie and Roxanna were all her children, but Marjorie Johnson and Nora Johnson were Nunnally Johnson's daughters from earlier marriages, contrary to what a few sources report.

Father: James Bowdon (a doctor)
Mother: Estelle Bowdon

Error correction or clarification

* A couple of sources erroneously report she died in "Los Angeles."


The most in-depth of more than two dozen sources consulted in preparing this profile, was 1962's, The Young Man from Denver, by Will Fowler.

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