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Doris Dowling, 81, actress in 'Lost Weekend'

LOS ANGELES -- Doris Dowling, the brunette actress who made her screen debut as the hooker in Billy Wilder's classic 1945 drama ''The Lost Weekend," died Friday.

She was 81.

Ms. Dowling died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, said her husband Leonard B. Kaufman.

She made a splash in ``The Lost Weekend," starring Ray Milland as an alcoholic who attracts the attention of the prostitute Gloria.

The movie won Academy Awards for best picture, lead actor, director, and screenplay.

In her next movie, the Raymond Chandler-scripted ''The Blue Dahlia," she played the murder victim in a mystery that starred Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.

When her Hollywood career began to wane, she and her sister moved to Rome and spent several years working in Italian films.

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