Dorothy Devore

Dorothy Devore (born Alma Inez Williams; June 22, 1899 – September 10, 1976) was an American silent film actress and comedian in her time.

Dorothy Devore
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Devore ca. 1922
Born
Alma Inez Williams

(1899-06-22)June 22, 1899
DiedSeptember 10, 1976(1976-09-10) (aged 77)
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)Albert Wylie Mather (m.1926-div.1932)

Early lifeEdit

Born as Alma Inez Williams in Fort Worth, Texas on June 22, 1899,[1] her family soon moved to Los Angeles when she was still a young girl. It was there where she completed her education and then joined a musical comedy company, with which she appeared for one year. She then went to Lyons and Moran comedies at Universal Pictures. It was at Universal where she was "discovered" by director/producer Al Christie, one of the most famous comedic moviemakers of the era. She began playing in small parts in films for Christie, but soon received leads and moved from one-reelers to two-reelers, which would make her a star.

CareerEdit

Dorothy became very popular in the film industry during the period of 1918 until the late 1920s. She was a talented actress, specializing in comedic roles, such as in Know Thy Wife (1918), directed by Al Christie. Dorothy was chosen as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1923. During a good deal of her career, she achieved stardom in the comedic two-reel Christie Comedies, released through Educational.

A little time after her career kicked off, Christie loaned her out to play the female lead opposite Charles Ray in 45 Minutes from Broadway (1920), in which she had great success. She made several successful films which established her as one of the screen's most talented comedians of the era. She made her last film, Take the Heir, in 1930 before retiring.

Personal lifeEdit

She married theater owner Albert Wylie Mather in 1926, and filed for divorce in 1932. Devore died in 1976 in Woodland Hills, California at 77 years old.

Selected filmographyEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Slide, Anthony (2002). Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813122496. JSTOR j.ctt2jchgq.