Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Former Marx Secretary Surfaces

A recent article by Wesley Slape at reveals that Dorothy Ohman, who was Jack Benny's secretary from 1957 till his death in 1974 started her career at age 21 as secretary for the Marx, Miller, and Marx talent agency in Los Angeles. The principals in the agency were Zeppo, Gummo, and Zeppo's brother-in-law, Alan Miller.

She got to know all the brothers while working at the agency, and recalled Groucho as "low-key" when he dropped by the office, and that he didn't have to "be on" around the family. Harpo was a "dapper dresser" with "a good personality and class." Chico was "the same as he was on screen. He was the playful one, full of fun."


  1. Really?! That is so interesting. I never would have pegged Harpo as the fashionista!

  2. Sounds like pretty correct descriptions of their personalities! That dapper Harpo-thing was new to me, though!