Dorothy Frooks

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Dorothy Frooks
Robert M. McBride and Dorothy Frooks, Stork Club, 1952
Born (1896-02-12)February 12, 1896
Saugerties, New York
Died April 13, 1997(1997-04-13) (aged 101)
New York City
Occupation author, publisher, lawyer
Known for political and social activism
Spouse(s) Jay P. Vanderbilt (1986 to 1997, her death)

Dorothy Frooks (February 12, 1896 – April 13. 1997) was an American author, publisher, military figure, lawyer and actress. In 1934, she ran on the Law Preservation ticket for U.S. Representative-at-large.

She worked as a writer for the New York Evening World and published the Murray Hill News in 1952. She also wrote a pamphlet, entitled Labor Courts Outlaw Strikes, calling for the establishment of a labor court. She was a lawyer in Peekskill, New York.[citation needed]

As an author, she wrote numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Olympic Torch, The American Heart and Lady Lawyer, her autobiography. A veteran of both World War I (United States Navy) and World War II (United States Army), Frooks served as the National Commander of the Women World War Veterans.[citation needed]

She appeared as one of "The Witnesses" in Warren Beatty's 1981 film Reds along with fellow centenarian radicals Scott Nearing and George Seldes. Frooks, Nearing and Seldes were all first-hand witnesses of the red-baiting, McCarthyism, and Cold War hysteria of the 1950s.

Frooks died in 1997 at the age of 101.

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