Dorothy Elizabeth Blackman

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Dorothy Elizabeth Blackman was born in California back in 1903.  She attended the Bennett School for Girls in Millbrook, New York, a school in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Sorbonne.  She was an actress and had a role in Green Grow the Lilacs.  She also performed in several Charlie Chan films.

In 1937, she moved to Paris with her future husband Jacques Leyton.  In France she produced and interviewed people on programs for Radio Mondial.  She also was the Voice of America denouncing the Nazi regime.  In 1942, she was arrested by the Nazis, but with the help of French doctors she escaped.  Later that she joined the resistance movement helping 42 downed Allied airmen escape to freedom and hiding others in her home until the war ended.

She died in Corona del Mar, California in 1997, she was 93.  Sad how there were so many others unknown who did such brave things during WWII and beyond.

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Comments (19)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

I agree with your comment about the people with grit who stood strong for the good of their country. It's wonderful that you bring them to light.

May 27, 2021 03:51 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Hopefully, there are still others like her to defend our country.

Make yourself an awesome day.

May 27, 2021 03:54 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... you took the words right out of my mouth... really a shame that so many heroic people are totally unknown.

May 27, 2021 04:52 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. So many unsung heroes from WWII. And so many unsung heroes after and before the war. It goes on. Enjoy your day!

May 27, 2021 05:29 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

So many people risked their lives for those who fought for freedom.

May 27, 2021 05:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - I am sure that there were many that we don't know and we are thankful for them.

May 27, 2021 05:41 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love hearing about people that were brave and she definitely possessed bravery!

May 27, 2021 05:52 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Dorothy was truly a hero James Dray . We need to thank God regularly for people like her and this post is perfect for the up coming Memorial Day.

May 27, 2021 05:53 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Quite the woman and certainly quite the hero

May 27, 2021 06:53 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a woman, and it is true that many who contributed to the war effort at the time are unknown.  A

May 27, 2021 07:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - A true heroine that has her legacy buffed to the ultimate shine by you!  Thank you for this spotlight on her life.

May 27, 2021 08:18 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for sharing the life of this heroine. One wonders what else she might have done that we DON'T know about?!

May 27, 2021 08:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, A very strong women to help those in need doing World War 11.  Thanks again.


May 27, 2021 09:25 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had several relatives who fought with the  Norwegian resistance and helped the Allied cause and I had a couple Black Sheep who worked with the Nazis. Those Nazi sympathizers disappeared shortly after the end of the war never to be heard from again James Dray 

May 27, 2021 10:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a great day.


May 27, 2021 11:07 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- what a courageous woman and it's sad that we don't her name like we do others of less notable achievement. 

May 27, 2021 01:19 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

She was not only a true American hero, she is a hero for all the world to see on the Memorial Day weekend! She is the reason I stand for our National Anthem.

May 28, 2021 11:52 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, I loved reading about this true hero, indeed too many are never recognized or appreciated. I also appreciated that she lived to such a full life despite all the adversity she experienced at a younger age. Endre

May 29, 2021 11:43 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Many owe a great deal of thanks to Dorothy Elizabeth Blackman for the work she did combating the Nazis and helping the Allies during WW2 at great risk to her own life.

Oct 19, 2021 07:38 PM