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Dorothy Mackaill

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In defiance of her father's wishes, 11-year-old Dorothy Mackaill ran away from her British hometown and headed for London, hoping to launch a show business career. While still in her teens, she secured work as a chorus dancer in England and France, eventually appearing on Broadway in The Ziegfeld Follies. Making her film debut in 1920, she rapidly rose to stardom, often as not playing a vivacious flapper. When talkies came in, Mackaill managed to hold on to her star status well into the early 1930s, appearing in programmers with titles like Kept Husbands (1931) and Flirting Widows (1931). She also starred in Columbia's Love Affair (1932), wherein her young, clean-cut leading man was Humphrey Bogart. Mackaill's starring career faded as the 1930s wore on, ending altogether in 1937 when she left films to care for her ailing mother. She spent the next five decades living in semi-retirement in Honolulu, occasionally accepting small roles in TV's Hawaii 5-0. Married three times, Dorothy Mackaill's first husband was director Lothar Mendes.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond at Bay
  • Doris Thompson
1937
No Score Yet Picture Brides
  • Mame Smith
1934
No Score Yet Curtain at Eight
  • Lola Cresmer
1934
No Score Yet No Man of Her Own
  • Kay Everly
1932
No Score Yet Kept Husbands
  • Dorothea 'Dot' Parker Brunton
1931
No Score Yet Safe in Hell
  • Gilda Carlson, aka Gilda Erickson
1931
No Score Yet The Barker
  • Lou
1928
No Score Yet Ranson's Folly
  • Mary Cahill
1926
No Score Yet Shore Leave
  • Connie Martin
1925

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