Rodgers, Dorothy, 1909-1992

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Dorothy Rodgers (née Feiner; 1906 – 1993) was an American author, inventor, businesswoman, and philanthropist. She was married to the Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, of the famous duo Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Born in New York City to a Jewish family, Rodgers attended the Horace Mann School and Wellesley College in the late 1920s, where she studied art and interior design. She married Richard Rodgers in 1930.

She started her own business, Repairs Inc. in 1935 before she invented the Jonny Mop in 1945. Rodgers was also the creator of the Basically Yours dress pattern and the Ideal Toy Company's Turn and Learn storybooks.

She is the author of several books focusing on interior design and entertaining at home such as 1967's The Home in My Head. In 1970, Rodgers also co-wrote a self-help book with her daughter Mary Rodgers Guettel about mother-daughter relationships and housekeeping called

A Word to the Wives. This spawned a related radio show and a regular magazine column for McCall's Magazine, "Of Two Minds."

Rodgers was also known as an activist, writing letters against antisemitism. She likewise was a noted philanthropist who supported several Jewish cultural organizations.

Rodgers died in her Manhattan home at the age of 83 in August 1992. She was survived by her two daughters, Mary and Linda.

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referencedIn Rodgers, Mary. Reminiscences of Mary Rodgers : oral history, 1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Papers, 1922-1987 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Altman, Leonard, 1920-1996. Leonard Altman papers, 1930-1995. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Richard Rodgers papers, 1914-1989 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Rodgers, Dorothy F., 1909-. Transcript of oral history, 1987. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn [Interviews with Dorothy Rodgers] [videorecording] / [various stations]. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Rodgers, Dorothy F., 1909-. Papers, 1922-1987 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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creatorOf Additional papers, 1921-1992 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn The Harold Rome Papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
referencedIn Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. Richard Rodgers papers, 1914-1989. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library
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New York City NY US
Manhattan NY US
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Patents
Contracts
Friendship
Businesswomen
Jewish women
Jews
Mayor
Women authors, American
Governor
Antisemitism
Interior decorating
Inventions
Arts
Occupation
Authors
Inventors
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Birth 1909-05-04

Death 1992-08-17

Female

Americans

English

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