Vaudeville, Broadway performer was 104

Vaudeville and Broadway performer Frances Dewey Wormser died of natural causes Jan. 28 in Santa Paula, Calif. She was 104.

She spent more than a decade in show business in the 1920s and 30s, touring in lead roles of shows including “Sally, Irene & Mary” and “The Girl Friend.” Her success in the latter prompted producer Lew Fields to create the “Dewey and Gold Revue” for her and her professional partner, Al Gold; they toured with it on the Pantages Circuit in 1927/28.

She appeared in out-of-town tryout of “Boom Boom,” with Cary Grant in an early role and toured in “Good Boy” in 1929. In 1931 she was in Heywood Broun’s revue “Shoot the Works” on Broadway, and was one of the New Faces of 1934, the first of Leonard Sillman’s “New Faces” franchise.

She retired from show business in the 1930s and married twice, later becoming a buyer for a women’s clothing company.

Dewey had no children. She is survived by her nephews, retired SAG aerial stunt coordinator and pilot, Mike Dewey, Richard Dewey, and niece Susan Harding.

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