|Born||August 9, 1906|
Clarksville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||December 7, 1988 (aged 82)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Years active||1929–1933; 1953–1957|
|Spouse(s)||Paul J. Barnes (?)|
Merian C. Cooper (1933–1973) (his death) 3 children
Dorothy Jordan (August 9, 1906 – December 7, 1988) was an American movie actress who had a short, successful career beginning in 1929.
Jordan made her screen debut in the 1929 film The Taming of the Shrew. She made 22 more films in the next four years, including Min and Bill (1930) with Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler and The Cabin in the Cotton (1932) with Bette Davis. During this time, she appeared in films with Ramon Novarro, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston and Jimmy Durante.
Film retirement and return
In 1933, Jordan left films and married filmmaker and screenwriter 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, Jordan came out of retirement to try for the role of Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind. Cooper was a good friend of 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 again came out of retirement for a small role. She had another small role as the sister-in-law of Ethan Edwards in the epic 1956 Argosy film The Searchers. Jordan appeared in a small role in the John Ford film The Wings of Eagles in 1957, then retired permanently.
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. Her body was cremated at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles, California, and her ashes scattered at sea.
|1929||Black Magic||Ann Bradbroke|
|Words and Music||Song and dance principal|
|The Taming of the Shrew||Bianca|
|Devil-May-Care||Leonie de Beaufort|
|1930||In Gay Madrid||Carmiña Rivas|
|Call of the Flesh||Maria Consuelo Vargas|
|Love in the Rough||Marilyn Crawford|
|Min and Bill||Nancy Smith|
|1931||A Tailor Made Man||Tanya|
|Young Sinners||Constance Sinclair|
|The Beloved Bachelor||Mitzi Stressman|
|Hell Divers||Ann Mitchell|
|1932||The Lost Squadron||'Pest' Curwood|
|The Wet Parade||Maggie May 'Persimmon' Chilcote|
|The Roadhouse Murder||Mary Agnew|
|Down to Earth||Julia Pearson|
|70,000 Witnesses||Dorothy Clark|
|The Cabin in the Cotton||Betty Wright|
|That's My Boy||Dorothy Whitney|
|1933||Strictly Personal||Mary O'Conner|
|One Man's Journey||Letty McGinnis|
|1953||The Sun Shines Bright||Lucy Lee's mother|
|1956||The Searchers||Martha Edwards|
|1957||The Wings of Eagles||Rose Brentmann|
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- "Dorothy Jordan, 82; Entered Movies in '29". The New York Times. December 13, 1988. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- LisaLaLisa92 (August 20, 2008). "Gone With The Wind (1939) - Screen Tests" – via YouTube.
- Wilson, Scott (September 16, 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. ISBN 9781476625997 – via Google Books.
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