Joan Marsh

Joan Marsh

Highest Rated: 100% Anna Karenina (1935)

Lowest Rated: 89% Road to Zanzibar (1941)

Birthday: Jul 10, 1913

Birthplace: Not Available

The daughter of Mary Pickford's favorite cinematographer, Charles Rosher, little Nancy Ann used the moniker Dorothy Rosher when appearing as Gene Gauntier's baby in Hearts Aflame (1914) and in such Pickford vehicles as The Little Princess (1917), Daddy Long Legs (1919), and Tess of the Storm Country (1922). After achieving an education, Dorothy was rediscovered by director Frank Borzage who renamed her Joan Marsh and tested her for a role in Lucky Star (1929). She always maintained that the picture was indeed her "lucky star" because "Although I didn't get the part, other and better roles did materialize from the test." "Better roles" didn't come right away, however, and she merely "played" a girl on a poster in Universal's award-winning All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). But the Hollywood publicists did notice her platinum blonde allure and Marsh became one of the 13 lucky WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1931, an honor she shared with Joan Blondell and Marian Marsh (no relation). Always on the verge of bigger and better things, Joan Marsh spent the 1930s supporting such stars as: Greta Garbo (she was one of the bohemians in Inspiration [1930]); Joan Crawford (a brief appearance in Anna Karenina [1935]); and Loretta Young. Several critics thought she stole Three Girls Lost (1931) from the latter, but she remained mired in supporting roles in A-films and leads in such Grade-Z movies as High Gear (1933) with fallen star James Murray and Brilliant Marriage (1936) from poverty row company Invincible. After playing the ingenue in Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937) she married the film's writer, Charles Belden, a union that lasted until 1943. By then Marsh's screen career was all but over and she later ran a stationery shop in Hollywood.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet We're Rich Again Actor 2014
No Score Yet Manhunt in the African Jungle Actor 1943
89% Road to Zanzibar Dimples 1941
No Score Yet Fast and Loose Bobby Neville 1939
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight Elaine Messiger 1939
No Score Yet Charlie Chan on Broadway Joan Wendall, Photographer 1937
No Score Yet Life Begins in College Cuddles 1937
100% Anna Karenina Lill 1935
No Score Yet You're Telling Me Pauline Bisbee 1934
No Score Yet Three Cornered Moon Kitty 1933
No Score Yet High Gear Anne Merritt 1933
No Score Yet Rainbow over Broadway Judy Chibbins 1933
No Score Yet That's My Boy Actor 1932
No Score Yet Are You Listening? Honey 1932
No Score Yet The Wet Parade Evelyn Fessenden 1932
No Score Yet Maker of Men (Yellow) Dorothy 1931
No Score Yet Three Girls Lost Marcia Tallant 1931
No Score Yet Dance, Fools, Dance Sylvia 1931
No Score Yet Inspiration Madeleine 1931
No Score Yet Politics Daisy 1931
98% All Quiet on the Western Front Poster Girl 1930
No Score Yet The King of Jazz Bit 1930
No Score Yet So's Your Old Man Actor 1926
No Score Yet Pollyanna Actor 1920
No Score Yet Daddy Long Legs Actor 1919


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