During this time period in Dorothy's personal life, she suffered from the effects of substance abuse. She was admitted to LeRoy Hospital in New York in January 1961, for a rehabilitation stay of four weeks. Here is an excerpt from Lee Israel's 1979 book, "Kilgallen":
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On recovering from her illness, Dorothy made her first appearance as the "mystery celebrity" on WML. John Daly had barely finished his standard introduction when she popped out from behind the studio curtain in a sensational mink-trimmed gown and made herself visible to the studio audience. There were immediate and spontaneous gasps and cheers and bravos, which must have deeply touched her. Once seated beside Daly, she emitted little Boopish coo-coos to fool her colleagues, who were under the impression that she was still in the hospital. But they were not fooled for long.
"What a nice surprise!" alternate panelist Tony Perkins said.
"We're so very glad to see you," Arlene concurred.
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Since What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950, they are near their "eleventh anniversary" show. - Suzanne (2003)
Debbie Reynolds (b. 4/1/1932)
Panel: Martin Gabel, Debbie Reynolds, Anthony Perkins, Arlene Francis. Bennett Cerf is on vacation.