Doris Pawn

Doris Pawn (December 29, 1894 March 30, 1988) was an American actress who appeared in films of the silent era.

Doris Pawn
Pawn in 1920
Doris Alice Pahn

(1894-12-29)December 29, 1894
DiedMarch 30, 1988(1988-03-30) (aged 93)
Years active19141923
Rex Ingram
(m. 1917; div. 1920)

Paul Reiners (m.1928; divorced)
Samuel William Dunaway
(m. 1937; his death 1969)

Early life

Doris Alice Pahn was born and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska. She spent her vacations on the ranch of an uncle. There, she learned to ride horseback and rode Indian saddle as a teen. She entered a business college to prepare for life as a typist. She came to California with her mother and brother and stayed in San Diego, California while her family returned east.

Pawn eventually met director Wilfred Lucas. She was offered work as a fill in in the film Trey of Hearts (1914), while the company was on location in San Diego. The film featured Cleo Madison and George Larkin. So impressed were the filmmakers that she was offered additional work if she came along to Los Angeles, California. Pawn worked for a period of three months as an extra.


Director Sydney Ayres coveted Pawn as a leading lady early in her screen career. In 1916 she appeared in her first Fox Film feature, Blue Blood and Red, directed by Raoul Walsh. Studios were impressed with her personal charm and ability to act naturally. She was especially gifted in the art of pantomime.

In addition to Fox, Pawn made movies with Universal, Goldwyn, and Paramount Pictures. She returned to Fox in 1921 for the making of Shame. She starred alongside John Gilbert and Anna May Wong. Her final films were two dramas, Fools and Riches and The Hero, along with a western, The Buster. Each of these productions was released in 1923.

Personal life

Pawn was first married to director Rex Ingram, but that union ended in divorce. She married secondly to Paul Reiners in 1928. Her last marriage was to Samuel William Dunaway in 1937; the couple remained married until his death in 1969. She had no children.


Pawn died in La Jolla, California in 1988, aged 93.

Selected filmography


  • Janesville, Wisconsin Daily Gazette, News Notes From Movieland, Thursday, July 19, 1917, p. 6.
  • The Lincoln, Nebraska Sunday Star, Nebraska Girl Leaves Typewriter To Star In Fox Movie Drama of Western Life, April 2, 1916, p. 7.
  • Lincoln, Nebraska Sunday State Journal, On The Silver Screen, March 23, 1924, p. 15.
  • The Madison, Wisconsin Capitol Times, News Notes From Movieland, December 30, 1921, p. 14.
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