Dorothy Dalton

Dorothy Dalton (September 22, 1893 – April 13, 1972) was an American silent film actress and stage personality who worked her way from a stock company to a movie career. Beginning in 1910, Dalton was a player in stock companies in Chicago, Terre Haute, Indiana and Holyoke, Massachusetts. She joined the Keith-Albee-Orpheum Corporation vaudeville circuits. By 1914 she was working in Hollywood.

Dorothy Dalton
Dalton in 1920
Born(1893-09-22)September 22, 1893
DiedApril 13, 1972(1972-04-13) (aged 78)
Years active19101924
Spouse(s)Lew Cody (m.1910div.1911)
Lew Cody (m.1913div.1914)
Arthur Hammerstein (m.19241955; his death)
RelativesElaine Hammerstein (stepdaughter)


Born in Chicago, Dalton made her movie debut in 1914 in Pierre of the Plains, co-starring Edgar Selwyn, followed by the lead role in Across the Pacific that same year. In 1915, she appeared with William S. Hart in The Disciple. This production came before she left Triangle Film Corporation and was signed to Thomas Harper Ince Studios. While Ince meant to cast her in mature roles, she had preferred to play ingénues.[2]

Her role in The Disciple, however, in which she attracts a man who is not her husband, led to her being cast as a vamp. Her vamp, however, was untraditional in that she vamped unconsciously; in the words of Kay Anthony, "Not because she wanted people to think she was a full-fledged shatterer of hearts before the camera did she make pulses beat hard and fast, but because she couldn't help it: 'I guess I just must have been born that way!'"[3] Ince's company was operative from 1919 until his death in 1924. With Ince, she played in The Price Mark and Love Letters, both co-starring William Conklin. Dalton also performed with Rudolph Valentino in Moran of the Lady Letty (1922), and with H.B. Warner in The Flame of the Yukon (1917) and The Vagabond Prince (1916). Dalton's stage career included performances as Chrysis in Aphrodite by Morris Gest in 1920 and on Broadway in The Country Wife.

Personal life and death

Dalton was first married to actor Lew Cody (lead actor in the Broadway version of Pierre of the Plains) in 1910, divorcing him in 1911 then remarrying him in 1913 and divorcing him again in 1914. In 1924 she married theatrical producer Arthur Hammerstein, uncle of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and son of impresario Oscar Hammerstein I.[4] After this marriage, Dalton acted infrequently. Arthur Hammerstein died in 1955.

Dorothy Dalton died in 1972, age 78, at her home in Scarsdale, New York.[5] For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Dorothy Dalton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.


Year Title Role Notes
1914 Pierre of the Plains Jen Galbraith
Across the Pacific Elsie Escott
1915 The Disciple Mary Houston
1916 The Three Musketeers Queen Anne Alternative title: D'Artagnan
The Raiders Dorothy Haldeman
Civilization's Child Ellen McManus
The Captive God Tecolote
The Jungle Child Ollante Alternative title: The Barbarian
The Vagabond Prince Lola "Fluffy"
A Gamble in Souls Freda Maxey
The Female of the Species Gloria Marley Alternative title: The Vampire
1917 The Weaker Sex Ruth Tilden
Chicken Casey Chicken Casey/Mavis Marberry Alternative title: Waifs
Back of the Man Ellen Horton
The Dark Road Cleo Morrison Alternative title: The Road to Honour
Wild Winship's Widow Catherine Winship
The Flame of the Yukon Ethel Evans/The Flame Extant; Library of Congress
Ten of Diamonds Neva Blaine
The Price Mark Paula Lee Extant; Library of Congress
Love Letters Eileen Rodney Extant; Library of Congress
1918 Flare-Up Sal Flare-Up Sal Extant; Library of Congress
Love Me Maida Madison Extant; Library of Congress
Unfaithful Helen Karge
Tyrant Fear Allaine Grandet Extant; Library of Congress
The Mating of Marcella Marcella Duranzo
The Kaiser's Shadow Paula Harris Alternative title: The Triple Cross
Green Eyes Shirley Hunter
Vive la France! Genevieve Bouchette Extant Cinematheque Royale de Belgique
Dorothy Dalton in a Liberty Loan Appeal Red Cross nurse
Quicksand Mary Bowen Alternative title: Quicksands
1919 The Market of Souls Helen Armes
Hard Boiled Corinne Melrose
Extravagance Helen Douglas
The Homebreaker Mary Marbury
The Lady of Red Butte Faro Fan Alternative title: The Lady of Red Brute
Other Men's Wives Cynthia Brock
L'apache Natalie "La Bourget" Bourget/Helen Armstrong
His Wife's Friend Lady Miriam Grimwood
1920 Black Is White Margaret Brood/Yvonne Strakosch Extant; Library of Congress
The Dark Mirror Priscilla Maine/Nora O'Moore
Guilty of Love Thelma Miller
Half an Hour Lady Lillian Garson
A Romantic Adventuress Alice Vanni
1921 The Idol of the North Colette Brissac
Behind Masks Jeanne Mesurier Alternative titles: In Men's Eyes
Jeanne of the Marshes...Extant; Library of Congress
Fool's Paradise Poll Patchouli Extant; Library of Congress
1922 Moran of the Lady Letty Moran Letty Sternersen Extant; Library of Congress
The Crimson Challenge Tharon Last
The Woman Who Walked Alone The Honorable Iris Champneys (*Extant; Gosfilmofond)
The Siren Call Charlotte Woods, a dancer (*Extant; Gosfilmofond)
On the High Seas Leone Deveraux
1923 Dark Secrets Ruth Rutherford
Fog Bound Gale Brenon
Law of the Lawless Sahande
1924 The Moral Sinner Leah Kleschna
The Lone Wolf Lucy Shannon


  1. Staff (March 1922). "And They Said It Wasn't Smart Any More—Oh, Well—". Photoplay. Chicago: Photoplay Publishing Company. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  2. Taves, Brian (2012). Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer. University Press of Kentucky. p. 133. ISBN 0813134226.
  3. Anthony, Kay (1916). Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual. New York: Motion Picture News, Inc. p. 149.
  4. "Milestones". Time. May 24, 1924. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
  5. Willis, John A. (1973). John Willis' Theatre World. Crown Publishers. p. 265. ISBN 0-517-50096-5.
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