Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen (1913 - 1965)

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Dorothy Kilgallen aka Tomkins
Born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [location unknown]
Mother of [private son (1940s - unknown)], [private daughter (1940s - unknown)] and [private son (1950s - unknown)]
Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Oct 2016 | Last significant change: 6 Jan 2019
14:53: Natalie (Durbin) Trott edited the Biography for Dorothy Kilgallen (1913-1965). [Thank Natalie for this]
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Categories: Hollywood Walk of Fame | American Notables | Journalists.


Dorothy Kilgallen is Notable.
  • Dorothy Kilgallen was a well-known journalist and television personality of her time. She appeared as a panelist on the show What's My Line? until her death in 1965.
  • At the time of her death, Kilgallen was writing an exposee on the Warren Commission's findings about President Kennedy's assassination. Conspiracy theories suggest that her death, which was ruled accidental, and her criticism of the investigation into the President's death were directly linked.
  • She was one of the first 500 people to be immortalized with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • daughter of noted journalist James Lawrence Kilgallen & Mae Ahern


  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 December 2016), Dorothy Kilgallan in household of James L Kilgallan, Indianapolis Ward 4, Marion, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 79, sheet 5A, line 14, family 108, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 452; FHL microfilm 1,820,452.
  • United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 December 2016), Dorothy Kilgallen in household of Mae Kilgallen, Assembly District 15, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1356, sheet 7A, line 22, family 26, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2656.
  • IMDb: Dorothy Kilgallen, accessed 12 March 2018.

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What's My Line? (15th Anniversary)
What's My Line? (15th Anniversary)

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On 14 Dec 2018 at 22:08 GMT Mark Burch wrote:

Connected! 24 degrees from Q. Victoria

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