Dorothy Jordan (film actress)

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Dorothy Jordan
Dorothy Jordan in bathing-suit.jpg
Dorothy Jordan in bathing-suit (1932)
Born(1906-08-09)August 9, 1906
Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
DiedDecember 7, 1988(1988-12-07) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1929–1957
Spouse(s)Paul J. Barnes (?)
Merian C. Cooper (1933–1973) (his death) 3 children
 
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Dorothy Jordan
Dorothy Jordan in bathing-suit.jpg
Dorothy Jordan in bathing-suit (1932)
Born(1906-08-09)August 9, 1906
Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
DiedDecember 7, 1988(1988-12-07) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1929–1957
Spouse(s)Paul J. Barnes (?)
Merian C. Cooper (1933–1973) (his death) 3 children
Dorothy Jordan (right) with Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery in Min and Bill

Dorothy Jordan (August 9, 1906 – December 7, 1988) was an American movie actress who had a short but successful career beginning in talking pictures in 1929.

Early career[edit]

Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, Jordan studied at Southwestern University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She performed in Broadway musicals, including Garrick Gaieties.[1]

Jordan made her screen debut in the 1929 film The Taming of the Shrew[2] and went on to make twenty-two more films in the next four years, including Min and Bill with Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler in 1930 and The Cabin in the Cotton with Bette Davis in 1932. During that time, she appeared in films with Ramon Novarro, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston and Jimmy Durante.[2]

Film retirement and return[edit]

In 1933, Jordan left films and married filmmaker, screenwriter and later World War II U.S. Army Air Forces Colonel Merian C. Cooper, who co-wrote, produced and directed the 1933 film King Kong. The couple had three children, a son and two daughters. In 1937, she came out of her leave and tested for the role of Melanie Hamilton in Gone With The Wind.[3] Cooper was a good friend and frequent collaborator with Western director John Ford, forming Argosy Productions in 1947. It was for Argosy's The Sun Shines Bright, directed by Ford in 1953, that Jordan came out of retirement for a small role. She then appeared in a small role as the sister-in-law of John Wayne's character, Ethan Edwards, who seeks Jordan's daughter, played by Natalie Wood, in the epic 1956 Argosy film The Searchers. Jordan appeared once more, in a small role in the John Ford film The Wings of Eagles in 1957 before retiring.

Later years[edit]

Jordan and Cooper lived in Coronado, California and remained married until his death of cancer on April 21, 1973. Jordan died of congestive heart failure on December 7, 1988 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.[2] Her body was cremated and her ashes are interred at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1929Black MagicAnn Bradbroke
Words and MusicSong and dance principal
The Taming of the ShrewBianca
Devil-May-CareLeonie
1930In Gay MadridCarmiña Rivas
Call of the FleshMaria Consuelo Vargas
Love in the RoughMarilyn Crawford
Min and BillNancy Smith
1931A Tailor Made ManTanya
ShipmatesKit Corbin
Young SinnersConstance Sinclair
Beloved BachelorMitzi Stressman
Hell DiversAnn Mitchell
1932The Lost Squadron'Pest' Curwood
The Wet ParadeMaggie May 'Persimmon' Chilcote
The Roadhouse MurderMary Agnew
Down to EarthJulia Pearson
70,000 WitnessesDorothy Clark
That's My BoyDorothy Whitney
The Cabin in the CottonBetty Wright
1933Strictly PersonalMary
BondageJudy Peters
One Man's JourneyLetty McGinnis
1953The Sun Shines BrightLucy Lee's mother
1956The SearchersMartha Edwards
1957The Wings of EaglesRose Brentmann

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