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Dorothy Bailey Cline Custer (May 30, 1911 – April 22, 2015) was an American comedian, harmonicist, and centenarian most famous for her two appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She has since become the subject of the most-viewed story of all time on the website of Boise-based television station KTVB and has been the subject of numerous interviews in Idaho and other states.
Custer was born in 1911 in Hailey and grew up in Rock Creek south of present-day Hansen. She attended the College of Idaho and taught school in Murtaugh in the early 1930s. In 1937, she married Marvin Custer, who claimed descent from George Armstrong Custer. The couple moved to Twin Falls in 1939.
Custer began working as an amateur entertainer in 1916, eventually creating 13 characters as part of her stand-up routine. She had been an active harmonica player since 1923 and featured music in many of her acts, including her performances on the Tonight Show. Despite her long career, by her own admission Custer didn’t achieve fame until after her first appearance on the Tonight Show in 2011 at age 100.