RedRover's domestic violence programs help people and pets safely escape abusive situations by providing financial assistance and resources when circumstances threaten the bond between families and their pets. A $15,000 donation by the Whitton-Spector Foundation in memory of Marion Dougherty, helped launch this website, so other victims of domestic abuse can escape their abusive situations with their pets. Please make a donation today to help keep animals together with their families.
Marion Dougherty: Legendary Hollywood casting director and victim of domestic abuse
Marion Doughterty, referred to as a "one-woman casting revolution," had an incredible eye for character and helped launch the careers of some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford and Warren Beatty. Her brilliance in casting was also evident by her suggestion to cast Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker in the groundbreaking television show, All in the Family.
Dougherty cast scores of films, including Midnight Cowboy (1969), Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), The Paper Chase (1973), Escape From Alcatraz (1979), Urban Cowboy (1980), Reds (1981), The Killing Fields (1984), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), Batman (1989), Falling Down (1993), Payback (1999) and the Lethal Weapon series.
Dougherty died in 2011 at the age of 88. According to Margaret Whitton, a film director who serves as president of Tashtego Films, Marion Dougherty lived a paradox:
“By day she was the queen of casting, a powerhouse in film, changing the culture and transforming lives with her uncanny eye for discovering talent. By night, she lived a nightmare. At age 50, after 20 years of abuse, she couldn't bear it any longer and ran for her life, leaving behind her beloved cats to almost certain cruelty. She successfully reinvented herself in California, becoming even more esteemed in her profession. But until the effects of repeated concussions and Alzheimer's took her magnificent memory away, she remained haunted by those animals she had to leave behind. There were other cats and two rescued dogs — one would remain her steadfast companion until the end — but she never forgot the pets she was forced to abandon.”