Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Walkers in Hollywood

Tuesday evening Dorothy "Dot" Wood passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 99. As a Maysville resident for over 60 years, she was well known in the local community and will be missed by many (Ledger article).

Among her survivors is daughter Eleanor "Ellie" Wood Walker, who attended Maysville High School before moving to California where she married Robert Walker, Jr.

Ellie has appeared in several movies and TV shows over the years, earning her the credit of the first woman to ever play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman on television. She also had a part in the movie Easy Rider along with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson.

Her husband, Robert, is the son of actors Robert Walker (Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train) and Jennifer Jones (The Towering Inferno) and has countless film credits to his own name.

During the late 1960s Ellie and her husband took an extended trip with famous actor Ryan O'Neil, along with many others (perhaps to film a movie). O'Neil's daughter, Oscar winning Tatum O'Neil, and Ellie's children were left with Dot Wood while away. All four kids went to Woodleigh school for a period of time.

Today, Ellie and Robert live in Taos, NM.

Special thanks to Ken Downing for the background information for this article.

posted at 1:58 PM by Jeremy Parnell