Dorothy Dale Kloss

Dorothy Dale Kloss

Actor, author and dancer in Palm Springs, California

About Dorothy

Dorothy Dale Kloss began dancing at age three, while Calvin Coolidge was President. While teaching the legendary Bob Fosse in a Chicago Tap Dance Class, she won a tap contest, changed her name, and overnight catapulted to stardom doing her own act at the Empire Room in Chicago. She toured the country from The Strand Theatre in New York to California to Mexico City with the famous CANTIFLAS. With her exciting tap rhythms, and style she toured with Eddy Duchin for a year, and was the last act to work with his orchestra before their induction into Military service in World War II. Her talent and wit constantly entertained the troops for the USO in WWII. In 1946 she was the hostess and dance instructor of one of the earliest TV Shows in Chicago, “THEATRE OF THE AIR” on WBKB! She has starred with Liberace, The Mills Brothers, Mel Torme, Harry Richman, Carol Lawrence, Howard Keel, Kaye Starr, Frankie Lane, Gloria De Haven and Chico Marx to name a few. She was accompanied by such bands as Eddy Duchin, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, Ray Noble, Skinny Ennis, Shep Fields and his “Rippling Rhythm” to name a few. Her “Betty Grable” legs were seen for 15 years at The Palm Springs Follies, and her interview on “THE TODAY SHOW” on NBC caused a huge sensation. She was the #2 most watched interview on The AARP Website; only the nation’s Healthcare “beat her”! She received her very own star on the Palm Springs Walk Of Stars May 29, 2010. She is in the Guinness Book Of Records, 2009, as the World’s oldest, living, working showgirl. And, she just received the “Golden Halo Dance Award” from the Southern Motion Picture Council; the past recipients have been Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Cyd Charisse to name a few. She spent 15 years in THE FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES, and decided to leave for among other things, her new book, “I’M NOT IN KANSAS ANY MORE, LOVE DOROTHY” ! Her tap dancing is legendary, and she can “banter” with the best of them. Her New Act, TWO FOR THE SHOW, w Broadway Performer KEN PRESCOTT, Is a shopstopper! As Dorothy says, “Age is a state of mind, and her state ; “Younger than Springtime”!


Name: Dorothy Dale Kloss

Lives in: Palm Springs, California

Occupation: Actor, Author and Dancer

Unique traits: "At 91, she can still Tap Dance like Eleanor Powell - a force of nature"- Ken Prescott

Awards

  • Entertainer of The Year - Motion Picture Council of So. California
    (2014)

  • Living Legacy Award - Presented by Rita Coolidge
    (2013)

  • Her Book , "I'M NOT IN KANSAS ANY MORE, LOVE DOROTHY, 5 Stars on Amazon
    (2013)

  • Lifetme Achievement Award - Motion Picture Council of So. California
    (2010)

  • Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars
    (2010)

  • Guinness Book of Records - Oldest Living, Working Showgirl in the World
    (2009)

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