Dorothy West (actress)

Dorothy West (August 29, 1891 – December 11, 1980) was an American actress in silent films and in radio.

Dorothy West and Douglas Fairbanks in The Habit of Happiness (1916).

She grew up in Huntsville, Alabama.[1]

West was a star in Biograph silent films in New York. She came to Hollywood with a group of D.W. Griffith stars that included Mary Pickford, Marion Leonard, Florence Barker, and Mack Sennett in 1909.[2][3] West, Pickford, Pickford's brother Jack, and Effie Johnson boarded together.[3]

She joined a stock theatre company in Mount Vernon, Illinois;[1] then joined the Pitt Stock Players in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;[4] and in also performed in theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[1]

West returned to film several years later. West received positive notice for her work in Griffith's His Mother's Scarf (1911)[5] Swords and Hearts (1911)[6] and The Eternal Grind (1916).[7]

West left films again to tour in theatre productions in Europe after World War I with the American Army of Occupation[1], including in Germany.[8]

She also worked on Broadway[9] and with a theatre company called The Triangle Players.[10] She performed in the short play Sintram of Skaggerack by Sada Cowan in 1923.[11]

She made her radio debut in 1928.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "From Alabam'". Burlington Hawk Eye October 28, 1928. October 28, 1928. p. 19. Retrieved April 21, 2020 – via NewspaperArchive.
  2. ^ "Hollywood's 3d of a Century". Variety. 133 (4). January 4, 1939. p. 5 – via Proquest.
  3. ^ a b Arvidson, Linda (1969) [1925]. When the movies were young. Dover Publications.
  4. ^ Zimmerman, M.K. (November 22, 1913). "Pittsburgh, PA". The Billboard. 25 (47). p. 18 – via Proquest.
  5. ^ "Notable Attractions at the Picture House". The Syracuse Herald. April 2, 1916. Retrieved April 22, 2020 – via NewspaperArchive.
  6. ^ Denig, Lynde (April 15, 1916). "Biograph Reissues for May: More Griffith Subjects with Casts That Mean Much to Followers of the Screen". The Moving Picture World. p. 457.
  7. ^ "Mary Pickford at Stanley". The Philadelphia Inquirer. April 11, 1916. p. 5. Retrieved April 22, 2020 – via NewspaperArchive.
  8. ^ "Dramatic Stock: American Stock in Germany". The Billboard. 19 (32). May 8, 1920. p. 12 – via Proquest.
  9. ^ "Fine Triangle Films". The Billboard. 28 (14). April 1, 1916. p. 58 – via Proquest.
  10. ^ "Legitimate: Little Theatres". Variety. 70 (13). May 17, 1923. pp. 16, 33 – via Proquest.
  11. ^ Gillette, Don Carle (May 19, 1923). "The Triangle Players". The Triangle Players. 35 (20). p. 10 – via Proquest.
  12. ^ Keil, Charlie; Singer, Ben (2009). American Cinema of the 1910s: Themes and Variations. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-4445-8.

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