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.
Dalton in 1920
|Died||April 13, 1972 78) (aged|
|Spouse(s)||Lew Cody (m.1910–div.1911)|
Lew Cody (m.1913–div.1914)
Arthur Hammerstein (m.1924–1955; his death)
|Relatives||Elaine 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.
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!'" 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. 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. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Dorothy Dalton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.
|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|
|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|
|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|
- Staff (March 1922). "And They Said It Wasn't Smart Any More—Oh, Well—". Photoplay. Chicago: Photoplay Publishing Company. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
- Taves, Brian (2012). Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer. University Press of Kentucky. p. 133. ISBN 0813134226.
- Anthony, Kay (1916). Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual. New York: Motion Picture News, Inc. p. 149.
- "Milestones". Time. May 24, 1924. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
- Willis, John A. (1973). John Willis' Theatre World. Crown Publishers. p. 265. ISBN 0-517-50096-5.
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