American Dancer Dorothy Young, best known as magician Harry Houdini’s last on stage assistant, was born today in 1907. Now WE know em


Dorothy Lena Young was born May 3, 1907 in Otisville, New York.

In 1925, the 17 year old was selected by the famous magician Harry Houdini as his on stage assistant because she was shorter than he was.

Dorothy worked alongside Bess Houdini, the wife of the master magician and escape artist.

Dorothy Young with the magician Houdini in 1926.

Dorothy Young with the magician Houdini in 1926.

She left the act in August of 1926 to become a Latin dancer.

Harry Houdini died two months later on Halloween October 31, 1926.

Dorothy eventually joined Gilbert Kiamie touring the country as “Dorothy and Gilbert.”

Dorothy and Gilbert

Dorothy and Gilbert

She appeared on Broadway several times and danced in several movies, among them the 1933 Fred Astaire musical comedy “Flying Down to Rio”.

Dorothy went on to appear in the several Houdini documentaries stating, “I was sworn to secrecy, never to divulge any of Houdini’s secrets.”

She authored two novels loosely based on her life: Diary Without Dates and Dancing on a Dime, the latter of which was made into a feature film in 1940 by Universal Studios, as well as the booklet Touring with Houdini, published in 2003.

Dorothy Young died March 20, 2011 in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, at the age of 103.

Now WE know em


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