Dorothy Lamour

Birth Name: Mary Leta Slaton

Date of Birth: December 10, 1914

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Date of Death: September 22, 1996

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, French, other

Dorothy Lamour was an American actress and singer.

She was the daughter of Carmen Louise (LaPorte) and John Wilson/Watson Slaton. She was married to U.S. Air Force captain and advertising executive, William Ross Howard III, until his death, with whom she had two children.

Dorothy is sometimes stated to have had Spanish ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Dorothy’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Watson “Watt” Slayden/Slaton (the son of James Arthur Slayden/Slaton and Mary Ann Watson). Samuel was born in Alabama. James was the son of Joseph Slayden and Mary “Polly” Lowe.

Dorothy’s paternal grandmother was named Mary Leta Wilson.

Dorothy’s maternal grandfather was Jean/John Laporte (the son of Jean Laporte and Sarah Browne). Dorothy’s grandfather Jean was born in Louisiana, to a French father.

Dorothy’s maternal grandmother was Marie Francoise/Louise Julie De Vaquet/VaquĆ©/Vaquier (the daughter of Jean Vaquet/VaquĆ© and Madeline Genevieve). Marie Francoise was French.

Sources: Genealogy of Dorothy Lamour –

Birth record of Dorothy Lamour –

Genealogy of Dorothy Lamour (focusing on her father’s side) –

Dorothy’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Dorothy’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

10 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    She was also part Spanish

    • Coneicon says:

      Wrong!!! There is no such thing as “Spanish”. Spanish is the language of SPAIN, also spoken “south of the border”, and Spaniards are Whites! Dorothy Lamour was NO Spaniard!!! (The proper noun for the inhabitants of Spain.) She evidently was a beautiful mulatto (had Black) and there’s nothing wrong with that, but there is something way wrong with misappropriating others’ ethnicities, as if they were better than her real one, while concealing one’s real ethnicity (yours/hers).

  2. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

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