Actress Dorothy Bridges dies

Mother of Beau and Jeff Bridges was 93

Dorothy Bridges, actress and mother of actors Beau and Jeff Bridges, died Feb. 16 in Los Angeles. She was 93.

Bridges was married to actor Lloyd Bridges for 60 years until his death in 1998.

Born in Worchester, Mass, she made her screen debut at the age of 6 in “Finders Keepers.” While attending UCLA, she met Lloyd Bridges while appearing in a play and they married in 1938.

The couple studied acting in New York before returning to Hollywood when Lloyd Bridges was signed to a contract at Columbia.

At the age of 89, she published the memoir “You Caught Me Kissing.”

Born Dorothy Simpson and sometimes credited as Dorothy Dean, she continued acting occasionally, appearing in an episode of Lloyd Bridges’ “Sea Hunt” TV series and in 1986 TV movie “The Thanksgiving Promise” directed by Beau Bridges. She also appeared in 1989’s “See You in the Morning” with Jeff Bridges and 1993’s “Secret Sins of the Father,” directed by Beau Bridges and featuring several family members.

She is survived by sons Beau and Jeff; daughter Lucinda; 11 grandchildren including actors Jordan, Casey, Dylan and Emily; two great-grandchildren and a brother.

Donations may be made to Heal the Bay, the Sierra Club or CARE.

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