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October 8, 2022

Gorgeous Photos of American Actress Dorothy Jordan in the 1930s

Born 1906 in Clarksville, Tennessee, American actress Dorothy Jordan made her screen debut in the 1929 film The Taming of the Shrew. She made 22 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 this time, she appeared in films with Ramon Novarro, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston and Jimmy Durante.

In 1933, Jordan left films and married filmmaker and screenwriter Merian C. Cooper, who co-wrote, produced and directed the 1933 film King Kong. In 1937, she came out of retirement to try for the role of Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind, and appeared in a small role in the John Ford film The Wings of Eagles in 1957, then retired permanently.

Jordan died of congestive heart failure in 1988 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Dorothy Jordan in the 1930s.


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