- 1 March 1891
Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia
- 24 March 1985
Kings Cross, New South Wales, Australia
- Actor, Art Director, Journalist, Scriptwriter and War correspondent
- Alternative Names
- Andrea (pen name)
- Gordon, Dorothy (birth name)
- Jenner, Dorothy Hetty Fosbury (Second Married Name)
- McEwen, Dorothy (former married name)
Dorothy Gordon Jenner was an Australian actress, scriptwriter, newspaper columnist and controversial radio personality.
Biographical accounts of the early acting career of Dorothy Gordon are laden with contradictions. Due to a lack surviving archival material, what we do know about Gordon comes from her own memoirs which are criticised for being inconsistent and exaggerated. It does appear, however, that she did have a career in film, in Australia and abroad, which finished sometime in 1927. She then turned her hand to journalism.
After two unsuccessful marriages, Dorothy Jenner travelled to London in 1927, where she began a column for the Sydney Sun under the name of 'Andrea'. Hers was a gossip column, keeping Australian audiences updated on celebrity comings and goings in London and New York. After 1940, she toured south-east Asia as a war correspondent. She was captured by the Japanese in Hong Kong and spent nearly four years in Stanley prisoner of war camp. From 1951, Jenner was writing for the Mirror. She later switched to broadcasting, working for 2UE, and pioneering talk-back radio on 2GB.