'Roaring '20s' actress dies at 75

Dorothy Provine appeared in 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World'

Dorothy Provine, a leggy, bouffant blonde who appeared in such films as "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" and on TV's "The Roaring '20s," died April 25 from emphysema at a hospice in Bremerton, Wash. She was 75.

A native of Deadwood, S.D., Provine reportedly landed the role of the titlular bank robber in 1958's "Bonnie Parker Story" just three days after arriving in Hollywood.

She also appeared as the radiation-exposed tall woman in "The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock" (1959) opposite Lou Costello and in "Good Neighbor Sam" (1964) as the suburban wife of Jack Lemmon.

In Stanley Kramer's 1963 madcap comedy "Mad Mad World," Provine played the wife of Milton Berle and the daughter of Ethel Merman; they are among the loopy groups in pursuit of $350,000 in stolen loot.

Provine also appeared in "Live Fast, Die Young" (1958), "Riot in Juvenile Prison" (1959) and "Never a Dull Moment" (1968) alongside Dick Van Dyke and Edward G. Robinson.

On TV, Provine starred as flapper Pinky Pinkham in "The Roaring '20s," a Chicago-set period crime drama that ran from 1960-62 on ABC.

Provine left the business in the late 70s and moved to Bainbridge Island in Washington state. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, TV director Robert Day.