Dorothy Mackaill

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Dorothy Mackaill
Dorothy MacKaill Stars of the Photoplay.jpg
1924
Born(1903-03-04)March 4, 1903
Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom
DiedAugust 12, 1990(1990-08-12) (aged 87)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Cause of death
Renal failure
CitizenshipEnglish
American
EducationThoresby Primary School
OccupationActress
Years active1920–1937; 1976–1980
Spouse(s)Lothar Mendes (m. 1926–28)
Neil Miller (m. 1931–34)
Harold Patterson (m. 1934–38)
 
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Dorothy Mackaill
Dorothy MacKaill Stars of the Photoplay.jpg
1924
Born(1903-03-04)March 4, 1903
Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom
DiedAugust 12, 1990(1990-08-12) (aged 87)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Cause of death
Renal failure
CitizenshipEnglish
American
EducationThoresby Primary School
OccupationActress
Years active1920–1937; 1976–1980
Spouse(s)Lothar Mendes (m. 1926–28)
Neil Miller (m. 1931–34)
Harold Patterson (m. 1934–38)

Dorothy Mackaill (March 4, 1903 – August 12, 1990) was an English-born American actress, most notably of the silent film era and into the early 1930s.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kingston upon Hull, Mackaill lived with her father after her parents separated when she was eleven. She attended Thoresby Primary School. As a teenager, Mackaill ran away to London to pursue a stage career as an actress. After temporarily relocating to Paris, she met a Broadway stage choreographer who persuaded her to move to New York City where she became involved in the Ziegfeld Follies and befriended future motion picture actresses Marion Davies and Nita Naldi.

Career[edit]

By 1920, Mackaill had begun making the transition from "Follies Girl" to film actress. That same year she appeared in her first film, the Wilfred Noy-directed mystery, The Face at the Window. Mackaill also appeared in several comedies of 1920 opposite actor Johnny Hines. In 1921 she appeared opposite Anna May Wong, Noah Beery, and Lon Chaney in the Marshall Neilan-directed drama Bits of Life. In the following years, Mackaill would appear opposite such popular actors as Richard Barthelmess, Rod La Rocque, Colleen Moore, John Barrymore, George O'Brien, Bebe Daniels, Milton Sills and Anna Q. Nilsson.[1]

In 1924, Mackaill rose to leading lady status in the drama The Man Who Came Back, opposite rugged matinee idol George O'Brien. Her role of the nightclub chanteuse Marcelle catapulted Mackaill into a genuine Hollywood star and her career continued to flourish throughout the remainder of the 1920s. In early 1924 she starred in the western film, The Mine with the Iron Door, shot on location outside of Tucson, Arizona. That same year she was awarded the WAMPAS Baby Stars award by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the United States, which honored thirteen young women each year who they believed to be on the threshold of movie stardom. Other notable recipients of the award that year were Clara Bow, Julanne Johnston and Lucille Ricksen.[2]

Later career and retirement[edit]

Mackaill made a smooth transition to sound with the part-talkie The Barker (1928) and had success in talkies for the next couple of years. First National Pictures was acquired by Warner Brothers in September 1928, and her contract with First National was not renewed upon its expiration in 1931. Her most memorable role of this era was the 1932 Columbia Pictures release Love Affair with a young Humphrey Bogart as her leading man. She made several films for MGM, Paramount and Columbia before retiring in 1937 to care for her aging mother.

In 1955, Mackaill moved to Honolulu where she would remain for the rest of her life.[3] She occasionally came out of retirement to appear in roles for television, notably in two episodes of Hawaii Five-O in 1976 and 1980, which was filmed on location in Hawaii.

Personal life[edit]

Mackaill was married three times. Her first marriage was to German film director Lothar Mendes, whom she married on November 17, 1926.[4] They divorced in August 1928.[5] On November 4, 1931, she married radio singer Neil Albert Miller.[6] They divorced in February 1934.[7] Her third and final marriage was to horticulturist Harold Patterson in June 1947.[8][9] Mackaill filed for divorced in December 1948.[10] She had no children from any of the marriages.

Death[edit]

Mackaill died of kidney failure in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 12, 1990, aged 87.[3] She was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea off of Waikiki Beach.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1920The Face at the Window
1920TorchyShort film
1920Torchy's MillionsShort film
1921Torchy's PromotionShort film
1921Bits of LifeLost film
1921The Lotus EaterUncredited
Lost film
1922Isle of DoubtEleanor Warburton
1922A Woman's WomanSally Plummer
1922The Streets of New YorkSally Ann
1922The Inner ManSally
1923Mighty Lak' a RoseRose DuncanLost film
1923The Broken ViolinConstance Morley
1923The Fighting BladeThomsine Musgrove
1923The Fair CheatCamilla
1923His Children's ChildrenSheila
1923Twenty-OneLynnie Willis
1924The Next CornerElsie MauryLost film
1924What Shall I Do?Jeanie Andrews
1924The Man Who Came BackMarcelle
1924The Painted LadyViolet
1924The Mine with the Iron DoorMarta Hillgrove
1925The Bridge of SighsLinda HarperLost film
1925One Year to LiveMartheLost film
1925ChickieChickieLost film
1925The Making of O'MalleyLucille ThayerLost film
1925Shore LeaveConnie Martin
1925JoannaJoanna MannersLost film
1925The Dancer of ParisConsuelo CoxLost film
1926Ranson's FollyMary Cahill
1926Subway SadieSadie HermannLost film
1926Just Another BlondeJeanne CavanaughAlternative title: The Girl from Coney Island
1927The Lunatic at LargeBeatrix StaynesLost film
1927ConvoySylvia Dodge
1927Smile, Brother, SmileMildred MarvinLost film
1927The Crystal CupGita CarteretLost film
1927Man CrazyClarissa JanewayLost film
1928Ladies' Night in a Turkish BathHelen Slocum
1928Lady Be GoodMaryLost film
1928The WhipLady Diana
1928WaterfrontPeggy Ann Andrews
1928The BarkerLou
1929His Captive WomanAnna Janssen
1929Children of the RitzAngela PenningtonLost film
1929Two Weeks OffKitty WeaverLost film
1929Hard to GetBobby MartinLost film
Alternative title: Classified
1929The Great DivideRuth Jordan
1929The Love RacketBetty BrownLost film
1930Strictly ModernKateLost film
1930The Flirting WidowCelia
1930The Office WifeAnne Murdock
1930Man TroubleJoan
1930Bright LightsLouanneAlternative title: Adventures in Africa
1931Once a SinnerDiana Barry
1931Kept HusbandsDorothea "Dot" Parker Brunton
1931Party HusbandLaura
1931Their Mad MomentEmily StanleyAlternative title: Basquerie
1931The Reckless HourMargaret "Margie" Nichols
1931Safe in HellGilda Carlson - aka Gilda Erickson
1932Love AffairCarol Owen
1932No Man of Her OwnKay Everly
1933Neighbors' WivesHelen McGrath
1933Curtain at EightLola CresmerAlternative title: Backstage Mystery
1933The ChiefDixie Dean
1934Picture BridesMame Smith
1934CheatersMabel
1937Bulldog Drummond at BayDoris Thompson
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1953Studio One in HollywoodEpisode: "The Magic Lantern"
1976-1980Hawaii Five-OVarious roles2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Silent Hollywood
  2. ^ The Wampas Baby Stars
  3. ^ a b "Deaths". USA Today. August 14, 1990. p. 2A. 
  4. ^ "Star Takes Time Off To Be Married". The Border Cities Star. November 18, 1926. p. 1. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Divorce For Movie Actress". Reading Eagle. August 3, 1928. p. 4. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "DOROTHY MACKAILL WED.; Screen Star and Radio Singer Married in Arizona". The New York Times. November 4, 1931. 
  7. ^ "Nagging Charge Wins Divorce". The Southeast Missourian. February 17, 1934. p. 1. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Orchid Beau Wins Dorothy Mackaill". The Milwaukee Sentinel. March 3, 1947. p. 1. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Miss Mackaill Marries Was Former Actress". The Hartford Courant. June 14, 1947. p. 3. 
  10. ^ "Fight to Unseat Taft Planned". The Los Angeles Times. December 31, 1948. p. 4. 

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