Dorothea is born on May 18, 1910 in Los Angeles, California as the only child of Harry and Mary Holt. Her father co-owned Western Lithograph Co.





Dorothea studies architecture and earns a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Southern California. While an architect, she worked in the Pereira & Luckman firm and was involved in helping them design the Los Angeles International Airport.



Dorothea receives a degree in illustration rom the Art Center College. Years later, she went on to teach at the school.


Dorothea gets hired to work in the studio of David O. Selznick becoming the first woman to work in an all male-field, much to the dismay of her colleagues. At Selznick International Pictures, she later met her husband, producer, Harry.




Gone with the Wind

Dorothea illustrates with ink and watercolor the scenes of Gone with the Wind. She would envision the initial look, illustrate it, and give it off to the set architects and decorators for them to recreate.





Dorothea marries producer, Harry Redmond, and together they move into a home in Hollywood Hills that Dorothea designed.

She was a charming lady. Not a bad bone in her body.
— John DeCuir, Jr.




Dorothea becomes a Walt Disney Imagineer and helps envision elements of Disneyland and Disney World. Her ideas can be found in Fantasyland; Main Street, U.S.A; Adventureland;Tokyo Disneyland; and Cinderella’s Castle. 





Dorothea is honored in the Disney Legends program for her extraordinary and captivating watercolor sketches and work in The Walt Disney company.


Dorothea passes away in her home in Hollywood Hills at the age of 98. Her husband, Harry, passes away two years later at the age of 101.