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Dody Goodman Biography

Birth Place:
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • After high school, moved to New York to study dance at the School of American Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School
  • Made stage debut as a dancer with the corps de ballet of Radio City Music Hall
  • Danced in Broadway musicals such as High Button Shoes, Call Me Madam and The Matchmaker before landing her first speaking part in Wonderful Town; her costar, Imogene Coca, encouraged her to pursue comedy
  • In 1957, Jack Paar invited her to appear regularly on his new television program, The Tonight Show, but let her go a year later for upstaging him
  • Appeared as the high-school secretary in Grease (1978) and Grease 2 (1982); also appeared in the Broadway revival of Grease in the 1990s


  • 1958Emmy-Best Continuing Performance (Female) in a Series by a Comedienne, Singer, Hostess, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any Person who Essentially Plays Herself: nominated


  • Dexter Goodman--Father
  • Leona Goodman--Mother