Bridges family matriarch dies

Dorothy Bridges, 93, was actress, author, poet

Dorothy Bridges, an actress, author, poet and matriarch of one of Hollywood's most beloved acting families, died Feb. 16 in Los Angeles. She was 93.

Bridges passed away in the Holmby Hills home that she shared with her late husband, actor Lloyd Bridges, and where she raised her children, actors Beau and Jeff and daughter Lucinda.

While attending UCLA, Dorothy joined the university's dramatic society and was cast in a small production. Her leading man was Lloyd Bridges. They married on Oct. 15, 1938, in New York and were together for 60 years until his death.

The couple studied acting with Michael Chekov at the Actors Lab, where she was said to be one of his favorite students. Lloyd landed a contract with Columbia Pictures, and they moved back to Los Angeles.

Dorothy, a prolific writer and poet for more than 50 years, had performed her poetry at the Hollywood Bowl (for Bob Hope). In 2005, at age 89, she published the book "You Caught Me Kissing," which detailed the great love story between Dorothy and Lloyd through the collection of poems and valentines she wrote for him each year.

After his passing in March 1998, she continued to write him poems.

Barbra Streisand was a fan of the book: "Dorothy is delicious -- her poems are like her ... warm, funny, sexy, deep and very loving. How lucky her children are -- to have learned how to love."

Bridges appeared in films including "Finders Keepers" (1921), "The Company She Keeps" (1951) and "See You in the Morning" (1989), the latter with Jeff Bridges. On TV, she was in "Sea Hunt" (1958), which starred her husband, and the 1986 telefilm "The Thanksgiving Promise," directed by Beau. It also starred her children, husband and her grandson Jordan.

Dorothy and Lloyd participated in many charity events to help raise funds for worthy causes. They championed Heal the Bay, Whales Alive, Earthtrust, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and American Oceans Campaign, among others. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in her memory to any of these organizations.

In addition to her three children, survivors include 11 grandchildren and her brother, Frederick Simpson Jr.

A private memorial service for family and friends will be held March 7.
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