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)
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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