Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Celebrity Grave: Character Actress Lynn Cartwright 2004


Lynn Cartwright (February 27, 1927 – January 2, 2004) was an American character actress probably best known for her performance as the older version of Geena Davis' character, Dottie Hinson, in the 1992 film A League of Their Own.

She was born Doralyn E. Cartwright in McAlester, Oklahoma, the daughter of U.S. Congressman Wilburn Cartwright and his wife Carrie. She had a sister, Wilburta, who was a successful artist. She was also related to former Oklahoma Legislator Buck Cartwright and former Oklahoma Attorney General Jan-Eric Cartwright.

Her acting career spanned from 1957 to 1992 and included smaller roles in largely forgettable films such as Black Patch (1957), The Cry Baby Killer (1958), The Wasp Woman (1960), The Girls on the Beach (1965), Son of Hitler (1978) and Lovelines (1984).

She was also involved with a repertory theatre group in Burbank, California.


Cartwright was married to actor/writer Leo Gordon until his death in 2000. She died from complications of dementia after having suffered a fall in which she fractured her hip. Her interment was located in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


Leo Vincent Gordon (December 2, 1922 - December 26, 2000) was an American movie and television character actor as well as a screenplay writer. He specialized in playing brutish bad guys during more than forty years in film and television.


In contrast to his screen persona, Gordon was a quiet, thoughtful and intelligent man who generally avoided the Hollywood spotlight. He was widely regarded by his fellow actors and his directors as a well-prepared professional. In 1997, he received the "Golden Boot Award" for his many years of work in Westerns. In accepting the award, the actor simply flashed a smile for his fans and remarked "Thank God for typecasting!"


After struggling with a brief illness, Gordon died in his sleep at age 78 at his Los Angeles home from cardiac failure. He and his wife's ashes are interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.



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