Dorothy Jordan (American actress)
Dorothy Jordan in bathing-suit (1932)
|Born||August 9, 1906|
Clarksville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||December 7, 1988 82) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Paul J. Barnes (?)|
Merian C. Cooper (1933–1973) (his death) 3 children
|Children||Col. Richard M. Cooper|
Dr. Eherasa Henderson
Mary Carolyn Cooper
Jordan made her screen debut in the 1929 film The Taming of the Shrew. She went on to make twenty-two more films in the next four years including Min and Bill (1930) with Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler and The Cabin in the Cotton (1932) with Bette Davis. During that time, she appeared in films with Ramon Novarro, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston and Jimmy Durante.
Film retirement and return
In 1933, Jordan left films and married filmmaker, screenwriter and later World War II U.S. Army Air Forces Brigadier General Merian C. Cooper, who co-wrote, produced and directed the 1933 film King Kong. The couple had three children, a son and two daughters.
In 1937, Jordan came out of retirement to try for the role of Melanie Hamilton in Gone With The Wind. Cooper was a good friend of and frequent collaborator with Western director John Ford, forming Argosy Productions in 1947. It was for Argosy's The Sun Shines Bright, directed by Ford in 1953, that Jordan again came out of retirement, for a small role. She later had another small role as the sister-in-law of John Wayne's character, Ethan Edwards, who seeks Jordan's daughter, played by Natalie Wood, in the epic 1956 Argosy film The Searchers. Jordan appeared once more, in a small role in the John Ford film The Wings of Eagles in 1957 before retiring permanently.
Jordan and Cooper lived in Coronado, California and remained married until his death of cancer on April 21, 1973. Jordan died of congestive heart failure on December 7, 1988 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Her body was cremated at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles, California, and her ashes scattered at sea.
|1929||Black Magic||Ann Bradbroke|
|Words and Music||Song and dance principal|
|The Taming of the Shrew||Bianca|
|Devil-May-Care||Leonie de Beaufort|
|1930||In Gay Madrid||Carmiña Rivas|
|Call of the Flesh||Maria Consuelo Vargas|
|Love in the Rough||Marilyn Crawford|
|Min and Bill||Nancy Smith|
|1931||A Tailor Made Man||Tanya|
|Young Sinners||Constance Sinclair|
|The Beloved Bachelor||Mitzi Stressman|
|Hell Divers||Ann Mitchell|
|1932||The Lost Squadron||'Pest' Curwood|
|The Wet Parade||Maggie May 'Persimmon' Chilcote|
|The Roadhouse Murder||Mary Agnew|
|Down to Earth||Julia Pearson|
|70,000 Witnesses||Dorothy Clark|
|The Cabin in the Cotton||Betty Wright|
|That's My Boy||Dorothy Whitney|
|1933||Strictly Personal||Mary O'Conner|
|One Man's Journey||Letty McGinnis|
|1953||The Sun Shines Bright||Lucy Lee's mother|
|1956||The Searchers||Martha Edwards|
|1957||The Wings of Eagles||Rose Brentmann||(final film role)|
- "Dorothy Jordan, 82; Entered Movies in '29". 13 December 1988 – via NYTimes.com.
- Folkart, Burt A. (1988-12-14). "Dorothy Jordan, Dancer and Film Actress in '30s". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
- "Dorothy Jordan, 82; Entered Movies in '29". The New York Times. 1988-12-13. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
- LisaLaLisa92 (20 August 2008). "Gone With The Wind (1939) - Screen Tests" – via YouTube.
- Wilson, Scott (16 September 2016). "Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed". McFarland – via Google Books.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dorothy Jordan.|
- Dorothy Jordan on IMDb
- Dorothy Jordan at the Internet Broadway Database
- Dorothy Jordan at AllMovie
- Dorothy Jordan in an excerpt from Love in the Rough (1930) on YouTube
- Dorothy Jordan testing for the role of Melanie Hamilton in Gone With The Wind in the late 1930s on YouTube
- Dorothy Jordan at Find a Grave
- Photographs and literature