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Local actress returns to TV

Ennis resident Dorothy Deavers may have started her acting career a little late in life, but she has had plenty of opportunities to showcase her talent over the last few years.
Most recently, Deavers appeared last month in a re-election campaign commercial for Minnesota senator Norm Coleman. This is the second political campaign to cast Deaver in a commercial in recent years. Last year she appeared in spots for Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.
Having put a love of the theatre on hold to raise a family of four, Deavers immediately got back into acting when her children were grown. Her zeal for acting was evident in her attitude and her willingness to take on many smaller roles when she was getting back into the business and helped her to be considered for the roles she has had over the past few years.
“I started small when I decided to take up acting again,” she said. “It was in the late 70s when I saw an ad in the paper for open auditions being held at University of Texas at Dallas for an upcoming play and I decided to try out. I got the part and went on to participate in the American College Theatre Festival where someone saw me and asked me to consider getting an agent and from there the roles started coming in.”
At first Deavers played bit roles or was an extra on film sets, but she quickly realized that extras often had their parts upgraded to a more significant or speaking role. Her minor walk-ons quickly turned into speaking parts with the help of her agent.
“With the help of my agent, I started doing more professional roles including movies and television shows as well as commercials,” she said. “I still did some theatre but I seemed to transition into more major productions.”
Deavers’ credentials include roles in the movies Dr. T and the Women, North and South, Lolita, Hard Promises and many others. She has also appeared in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger several times as well as a CBS made for television movie Jail Birds. She was also a member of the Dallas Maverick Granny-iacs that used to perform before the Maverick’s games.
She has performed at noted theatres in north Texas but has slowed down with theatre roles since her husband passed away.
“My husband was my biggest supporter and my greatest fan,” she said. “He never missed a rehearsal or performance because he didn’t want me to be driving home from Dallas so late at night. Since he has been gone I’ve cut back on theatre performances.”
Deavers’ family has also been a huge support to her and they sometimes accompany her to jobs or functions. She says that while some of them could probably take up the acting bug, they have other careers.
“One of my daughters and a granddaughter could easily take up acting,” she said. “Unfortunately, unless you are kept very busy, it is not steady enough work to base a living on.”
She plans to keep acting as long as she has jobs and as long as she can. She turned 80 last month and attributes her longevity to keeping busy.
“I plan to keep acting as long as I can and when I’m not I keep busy by participating in my church choir and having dinner with friends,” she said.” “I have been fortunate with the performances I’ve been asked to do because there are not a lot of roles for an actress my age, so I’ll keep acting as long as they’ll have me.”
Her advice to aspiring actors and actresses is to keep auditioning, no matter if you get the part or not because the experience is great and being seen will eventually pay off.
“You just don’t know who will end up seeing you if you just keep putting yourself out there,’ she said.

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