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Dorothy Barrett

Feb 28, 1917 - Mar 8, 2018 (Age 101)

Studio City, California

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Once one met Dorothy, you never could forget her. Went to ANTA in mid 60s to early 70s and while my sister did go into acting for a time, l ended up pursuing other things. My mother is the one who made the gingham (red and white checkered) outfits that were worn by the students. I still have a piece of the curtain from Gone With the Wind that was made into part of her wardrobe for one of the Christmas plays at the Figueroa. Tap was so much fun for me as well as speech with Harry Stanton, mime...

I was an ANTA Academy student from 1969-1972. An absolute highlight of my teen years all day on Saturdays. Dorothy had a lot of patients with many kids who some were very outspoken and some very timid. Some had raw talent and some.... well, not so much though Dorothy had the knowhow to bridge the kids together and make every student feel special in many facets of the academy classes. I especially enjoyed my tap lessons with Dorothy, I still have my tap shoes that still fit from then and...

She made a difference in my daughters lives...blessed by her talent and kindness ANTA was a big thing in our lives....with the Angels now
Patty Lloyd

When I first started the academy when I was about 9 years old, I didn't know anything about dancing. I learned so much from her along the other instructors. Dorothy was a very special person, she really loved what she did and teaching all the kids what she knew!!! Now that I am a mother myself I even started taking my daughter to the academy. Such an amazing experience for her as well! God has definitely gained an angel!!

So many fond memories . . .

Love that she's among the stars, again.

Many fond memories dancing acting and helping with audio and enjoyed dining out with you Dorothy. Weve lost a special part of the Smith Family. We thank you for your endless love of teaching and experiences. We will miss you but know in time we will celebrate again. Love ❤Glenn and Glenda Smith

Dorothy was such a wonderful influence in my daughter's life. I feel so grateful to have known her and had her as my daughter's dance teacher. She was a true expression of love and creativity. I could see when she would teach the class it seemed as if she was looking out at a huge audience in front of her. Her eyes lit up and she just loved dancing and teaching. She was still dancing and teaching at the age of 97. It kept her young at heart and she lived a full beautiful life. She's an...

Dorothy was a true inspiration and dear person. I will miss her.


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