For over a year or maybe even two, a good friend in Arizona has been caring for a woman named Dottie. Dottie has been in a senior’s hospice, and I have been following her health for a long time even though I didn’t know her. I had seen pictures of her and heard so much about her I felt like I knew her personally.
Sadly, Dottie died a few months ago, and I felt the same way as if my neighbour had died. Today, I asked my friend when her ashes were going to be scattered, and wondered if there would be anyone there– as in reality she had no family left.
To my surprise this is what she told me:
“Dottie’s former neighbor, myself, her hospice nurse & pastor will be there. That will be it because Dottie had no family. However, a woman discovered her on IMDB and would love to attend if she weren’t so ill.
“Dottie was actually Dorothy Ann Seese, a child star with the potential of Shirley Temple, but her parents yanked her movie career after she starred in the Five Little Peppers series of 4 or 5 movies in the late 30’s and early 40’s. The woman that found her is a huge Peppers fan and owns all the movies. Dottie was the last of the Peppers. I have some pictures of her, thanks to her of Dottie when she was 5 & 6 playing Phronzie. Too bad royalties weren’t available then. She died penniless”.
I stopped typing and almost fell out of my chair as I had watched those movies as a child and felt so bad. If had not been for the kindness of my very dedicated friend visiting her she would have died alone after giving so much joy to others.
In later years Dorothy Ann Seese obtained a liberal arts degree from UCLA in 1955 and became a business systems analyst for fifteen years. She then switched to the legal field and worked the next 25 years as a legal secretary, legal assistant and paralegal. In 1997 she became disabled from a spinal injury, retired, and lived in Sun City, Arizona.
In memory of Dottie-Dorothy Ann Seese– The last of The Five Little Peppers.
COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS
CAST (feature film)
An Irish immigrant becomes one of West Point””s most beloved officers.
Best friends become enemies when one signs on with a rustler.
Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane which an important company client wants and which Blondie enters in the big dog show. A highlight of this film is the canine burping display.
A working class family moves West in search of better fortune.
Five siblings face boarding school when their working mother can””t hold a job and care for them.
Five siblings enlist a crusty old businessman to help save their mother from bankruptcy.
A man-hating author and a woman-hating doctor have to pretend they’re married.
A case of measles gets a working class family mixed up with a blustering businessman””s clan.