Thoughts About Dorothy - by Jan Simonson (2004)
#1 - While she did slur her words in introducing Tony Randall, the content of what she said made perfect sense and was accurate. Randall in fact had returned a few days earlier from Africa where he filmed a movie tentatively titled "Our Man in Marrakesh." Two years and some months passed before moviegoers saw it with the title "Bang! Bang! You're Dead!" It bombed.
#2 - Dorothy never spoke out of turn in this episode, though Bennett did. When John Daly gave her her first "no" of the night, Dorothy smiled and said playfully, "Give me another, John."
#3 - If you search old Google posts dating from the day GSN aired this final Kilgallen episode in 2002, you'll notice people picking on Kilgallen for the first thing she said during Joey Heatherton's mystery guest round. "Is your real first name Norma?" The posts said that the self-destructing Dorothy, seeing her life flash before her eyes, thought Marilyn Monroe was alive. Nonsense. Marilyn had been dead for three years. What these Google posters did not know is that Peggy Lee was scheduled to open an engagement at the Copacabana nightclub four days later. Her real first name was Norma. Heatherton disguised her voice with a mannish throaty sound that Kilgallen had every right to confuse with Peggy Lee's vocal capabilities. Lee's Copacabana gig began right on schedule several hours after Kilgallen's funeral.
#4 - Dorothy said something very clever and observant in the final seconds of the program before John Daly got the final close-up. It was shortly after Elinor Kaine, writer for the "Football News," had left the stage. Bennett said, "I'd just like to say one thing about that pretty football writer. She better dig up a field goal kicker for the New York Giants or it's gonna be too bad." Dorothy shot back with, "Oh, I thought you were going to say something about a forward pass."