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Dolores Michaels Wolfe

Dolores Michaels Wolfe, a former actress who starred in a handful of films during the 1950s, died Sept. 25 of natural causes at her home in West Hollywood. She was 68.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., she studied ballet as a child, modeled as a teenager and broke into show business as a dancer in the touring stage production of “Brigadoon” in 1949.

She relocated to New York City in the early 1950s where she took classes at NYU and Columbia U. and acted in several Off Broadway plays.

Her break came in the mid-1950s when she won a studio contract with 20th Century Fox after an audition for a panel of judges including Katharine Hepburn.

Her first major film was 1957’s “Wayward Bus” with Joan Collins and Jayne Mansfield. That same year, she went on to co-star in “April Love” starring Pat Boone and Shirley Jones.

Additional film credits included “Time Limit” (1957), “Fiend Who Walked the West” (1958), “Five Gates to Hell” (1959), “One Foot in Hell” (1960) and “Battle at Bloody Beach.”

TV appearances included “Perry Mason” and “Laramie.”

In 1961 she married novelist Bernard Wolfe. The couple had twins and lived in Santa Monica until his death in 1985.

Her children survive her.

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