It's about time our city went dotty for Dorothy
HURRAY for Hollywood. La la la la la Hollywood ...
No, not the Oscars, I only took a passing interest in the Day- Lewis love-a-thon this week.
As much as I enjoyed Seth MacFarlane's cleavage-obsessed opening musical number, I find it hard to get too excited about Tinsel Town's beautiful people bathing in an orgy of self-congratulation.
I wonder if I'd have felt that way if I'd been around in the 1930s when a certain Miss Dorothy Mackaill was in her pomp.
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For those of you who are not a friend of Dorothy, on her new Facebook fan page, and are unaware of this Hull lass who went on to become Hollywood's richest leading lady, let me elucidate.
Dorothy Mackaill grew up in Newstead Street, west Hull, left home, alone, aged 15, travelled to London, Paris, then by steam liner to New York and LA where, by the time she was 20, she became a film star.
I did something similar when I fled Bradford for the bright lights of Hull a decade ago.
Anyway, I did a big piece on her in the paper last Thursday. It was ace. You should have read it. It's probably still online somewhere, should you be interested.
My interest was piqued by local historian Eddy Bewsher, who has started the fan page in Dot's honour to mark the 110th anniversary of her birth on March 4, so kudos to him for remembering this Hull icon that very few other people seem to remember.
To cut a long story short, I'm adding Dorothy to my list of Hull notables who should be celebrated with a statue – or at least a blue plaque.
She's waiting in line behind Mick Ronson and Norman Collier.