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Dorothy Stebbins Bowles




Northeast Historic Film list of titled amateur films

Biographical Notes

"Dorothy Stebbins Bowles, nicknamed Steb, was born in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1903 and died in Essex, Connecticut, in 1989. She traveled around the world in the 1920s and lived in India for many years during the 1950s and 1960s. Her father, Harry Stebbins, owned a lumber business in Boston. Her mother, Ada Eloise Stebbins, was an accomplished pianist, composer, and music teacher. She also had an older sister, Frances or Frannie Stebbins Pond. Dorothy graduated from Vassar College in 1925 and from Smith School of Social Work in 1926. In 1927 she took a trip with a friend, Kay Wharton, around the world, which she documented with her 16mm film camera. Along with a group of friends, including Roger Clapp as director, she starred in two amateur stage plays, 'Happy Days' and 'The Great Discrepancy' during the early 1930s. Some of these friends along with her family appear in her early films. She worked as a social worker with the Junior League in Boston until her marriage to Chester "Chet" Bowles in 1934." Northeast Historic Film.

Bibliographic Resources

The Dorothy Stebbins Bowles Collection, Northeast Historic Film.