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Dorothy Ellen Armstrong (nee Partington)

June 21, 2011

 

Dorothy Armstrong (nee Partington) also known as “Dottie Partington” died at the age of 88 in Long Beach, California on May 5, 2011. Dorothy was born and raised in Staten Island, New York.  She was the only daughter of Ralph Edwin Partington, a New York police office, and Dorothy Ellen Partington, a homemaker.  Following her extensive modeling work in New York, Dorothy was cast as the character Miss Lace in Milton Caniff’s Male Call cartoon series.  Aimed primarily at servicemen during WW II, Male Call was published in over 3,000 camp newspapers around the world.  As Miss Lace, Dorothy would frequently visit wounded veterans at military hospitals and joined several USO tours to boost and support the morale of US servicemen.  She was very proud of her contributions to the morale and support of servicemen during WW II as part of the US war effort.

Following high school graduation, Dorothy was discovered and subsequently hired as a model for the Harry Conover Agency in New York, as a “Conover Cover Girl” Dorothy appeared in the leading magazines of the day, in addition to advertisements and signboards.  In the early 1940’s Dorothy was cast and performed in several Broadway stage plays.  During World War II, Dorothy was the model and inspiration for Miss Lace in  Milton Caniff’s Male Call cartoon series that was distributed to over 3,000 military bases around the world from 1941-1946. Later, she appeared in television shows such as “Tales of Wells Fargo,” and “Lawman” and the movie, Ice Palace.

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