Denny Dillon: Drawing Outside The Lines

Many remember Denny Dillon for her memorable cameo in the iconic 1977 film, Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta. She played Doreen, a disco groupie, who fawns over Tony Manero (Travolta) and asks to wipe the sweat from his forehead.

She was best known as a Broadway actress. In 1974, she made her Broadway debut in the revival of Gypsy starring Angela Lansbury. In 1975, she was in the revival of Skin of Our Teeth starring Elizabeth Ashley, and, in 1980, Harold & Maude.

In 1980, she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for the sixth season.

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