Dorothy Steel
Dorothy Steel in Marvel's "Black Panther" (Courtesy photo)

Dorothy Steel is making her mark on show biz — at age 92.

The Atlanta resident, who previously had a career working for Georgia’s Department of Revenue, recently expanded her credits in the movie-making business, having answered a casting call for Marvel’s newest blockbuster, “Black Panther.”

Steel was selected last year for the role of a merchant tribal elder who could give sage advice to Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa. She initially auditioned for the role on tape, and after its review, was called within the hour.

“If anyone would have told me I would be an actor, I would’ve said you got to be out of your mind,” Steel — who’d only been acting since age 88 — recently told Atlanta’s WSB-TV.

Steel’s previous string of acting roles include stints on two TV series (“The Trouble with Going Somewhere” and “Saints & Sinners”). However, the success of “Black Panther” has hurtled her to a whole new level, to the point where Steel is now telling reporters they must go through her agent for interviews.

Meanwhile, Steel might hold the record for the oldest overnight success on the big screen considering that Oscar-winning actress Shirley Booth didn’t make her first movie until the age of 54. In addition, Estelle Getty of Golden Girls fame didn’t hit it big until age 62, and early Hollywood actress Gertrude Hoffman didn’t get her big-screen break until her early 60s.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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