Dorothy Revier

Dorothy Revier (born Dorothy Patricia Valerga;[1] April 18, 1904 November 19, 1993) was an American actress.

Dorothy Revier
Dorothy Patricia Valerga

(1904-04-18)April 18, 1904
DiedNovember 19, 1993(1993-11-19) (aged 89)
Years active19211936
Spouse(s)Harry Revier (?1926)
Charles Johnson (1926?)
William Pelayo (19501964)


Revier was educated in the public schools of Oakland before going to New York City to study classical dancing. Later she went to Paris, France, to study and was discovered by a talent agent while working in a cabaret.

She made her film debut in The Broadway Madonna (1922), and was active throughout the 1920s, playing in The Virgin (1924), The Supreme Test (1923), An Enemy of Men (1925), The Far Cry (1926), Cleopatra (1928), Tanned Legs (1929) and The Iron Mask (1929). After recovering from two broken arms suffered in a 1930 car accident, she played roles in low-budget films for Columbia Pictures. In 1935 she played the role of a saloon girl in Paramount Pictures' second Hopalong Cassidy film, The Eagle's Brood, working alongside William Boyd. In many films she appeared as a vamp, and she later worked as a free-lance performer in Buck Jones westerns such as Lovable Liar (1933). The Cowboy and the Kid (1936) was her final film.

Personal life

Dorothy Revier was a child of the famous Valerga (her real last name) family of the Bay Area. Antionette an Opera singer at the Genoa Opera House and her violinist husband Ricardo came to San Francisco in 1849 for the Gold Rush. Their 11 children ended up to be founding performing members of the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Tivoli Opera. Revier father among the 11 children. Her sister Gladys was a screenwriter for RKO.

Dorothy was married three times, to the director, Harry J. Revier, and then to Charles Johnson, and finally to a commercial artist William Pelayo. All three marriages ended in divorce.

A resident of West Hollywood, Revier died at the age of 89, at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and was interred at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles area, buried under the simple marker of name and dates, marked with the lone inscription, "Beloved Actress."

Partial filmography


  • Fresno, California Bee Republican, "Louella Parsons Column", February 1, 1933, Page 4.
  • The New York Times, "Dorothy Revier Dead; Silent Film Actress, 89", November 25, 1993, Page D19.
  • Oakland, California Tribune, "Mother Wife In Oakland Maid's Bigamy Tangle", February 23, 1923, Page 15.
  • Oakland Tribune, "Oakland Girl Screen Star", Sunday, June 10, 1923, Page 12-A.
  • Oakland Tribune, "In New Hall of Fame", Thursday evening, November 10, 1935, Page B25.
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