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Dorothy Davenport

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Dorothy Davenport March 13, 1895 – October 12, 1977 was an American actress, screenwriter, film director, and producer who appeared in silent film for Biograph Studios under the direction of DW Griffith


  • 1 Early career
  • 2 Later career
  • 3 Select filmography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early careeredit

Dorothy Davenport in 1916

Dorothy Davenport's family was well known in the theater Her grandparents were Edward Loomis Davenport and Fanny Vining Davenport who were 19th-century character actors; their daughter and Dorothy's aunt, Fanny Davenport, was considered one of the great actresses of the time Her father, Harry Davenport, was a Broadway star With her background on the stage, she was in her early teens when she started playing bit parts in the fledgling film industry

By the time she was 17, Davenport was a star at Universal She was a horsewoman of distinction, and did many of her own stunts in films While with Universal, she met a young actor named Wallace Reid; they married on October 13, 1913

Davenport and Reid continued to work together as he directed and starred with her in two films per week for the next year When Reid left Universal, Davenport also left films, only to return in 1916

Later careeredit

Dorothy Davenport Reid, Wallace Reid, Jr, and Wallace Reid 1920

While filming on location in Oregon for The Valley of the Giants 1919, Wallace Reid was injured in a train wreck As a remedy for the pain from this injury, studio doctors administered large doses of morphine to Reid to which he became addicted Reid's health slowly grew worse over the next few years, and he died of the addiction in 1923 After Reid's death, Davenport and Thomas Ince co-produced the film Human Wreckage 1923 with James Kirkwood, Sr, Bessie Love and Lucille Ricksen, a film that dealt with the dangers of narcotics addiction

Davenport took Human Wreckage on a roadshow engagement, followed up with another "social conscience" picture about excessive mother-love called Broken Laws in 1924, again billed as "Mrs Wallace Reid" to capitalize on her husband's notorious death She then produced The Red Kimona 1925 about white slavery On screen she opens the film in 'silent' narration or prologue The subject of the latter "true story" film were so obvious that Davenport was successfully sued by the woman it was based on

She later directed Linda 1929, Sucker Money 1933, Road to Ruin 1934, and The Woman Condemned 1934, and worked as a producer, writer, and dialogue director Among her last credits are co-author of the screenplay for Footsteps in the Fog 1955, and as dialogue director for The First Traveling Saleslady 1956 with Ginger Rogers

Wallace Reid and she had two children She was married to him until his death on January 18, 1923 She never remarried

Dorothy Davenport died at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in 1977 in Woodland Hills, California She is interred with her husband in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale

Select filmographyedit

Dorothy Davenport left in The Best Man Wins 1911 Wallace Reid and Davenport on the set of His Only Son 1912 Davenport and Lester Cuneo inThe Masked Avenger 1922 Davenport on the set of Human Wreckage 1923 Poster for The Red Kimono 1925
Year Title Role Notes
1910 Troublesome Baby, TheThe Troublesome Baby Cast member 1
1911 Best Man Wins, TheThe Best Man Wins Cast member 2
1912 His Only Son Cast member 3
1915 Explorer, TheThe Explorer Lucy Allerton 1
1915 Mr Grex of Monte Carlo Grand Duchess Feodora 1
1915 Unknown, TheThe Unknown Nancy Preston 1
1916 Yoke of Gold, AA Yoke of Gold Carmen 1
1916 Devil's Bondwoman, TheThe Devil's Bondwoman Beverly Hope 1
1916 Barriers of Society Martha Gorham 1
1916 Doctor Neighbor Hazel Rogers 1
1916 Unattainable, TheThe Unattainable Bessie Gale 1
1916 Black Friday Elinor Rossitor 1
1916 Way of the World, TheThe Way of the World Beatrice Farley 1
1917 Squaw Man's Son, TheThe Squaw Man's Son Edith, Lady Effington 1
1917 Girl and the Crisis, TheThe Girl and the Crisis Ellen Wilmot 1
1917 Mothers of Men Clara Madison 1
1917 Scarlet Crystal, TheThe Scarlet Crystal Marie Delys 1
1917 Treason Luella Brysk 1
1920 Fighting Chance, TheThe Fighting Chance Leila Mortimer 1
1921 Every Woman's Problem Clara Madison 1
1922 Masked Avenger, TheThe Masked Avenger Valerie Putnam as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1923 Human Wreckage Ethel MacFarland as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1924 Broken Laws Joan Allen as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1925 Red Kimono, TheThe Red Kimono Herself Prologue, as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1926 Earth Woman, TheThe Earth Woman Producer, as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1927 Satin Woman, TheThe Satin Woman Mrs Jean Taylor as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1928 Hell Ship Bronson Mrs Bronson as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1929 Linda Director, as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1926 Dude Wrangler, TheThe Dude Wrangler Producer, as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1932 Racing Strain, TheThe Racing Strain Writer story, as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1933 Man Hunt Mrs Scott as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1933 Sucker Money Co-director, as Dorothy Reid1
1934 Road to Ruin, TheThe Road to Ruin Mrs Merrill Also director and writer story, as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1934 Woman Condemned, TheThe Woman Condemned Director, as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1935 Honeymoon, Limited Producer and screenwriter, as Dorothy Reid1
1935 Two Sinners Story supervisor, as Mrs Wallace Reid1
1935 Women Must Dress Writer story and screenplay, as Dorothy Reid1
1936 House of a Thousand Candles, TheThe House of a Thousand Candles Producer, as Dorothy Reid1
1937 Paradise Isle Producer, as Dorothy Reid1
1937 Bride for Henry, AA Bride for Henry Producer, as Dorothy Reid1
1938 Prison Break Screenwriter, as Dorothy Reid1
1938 Rose of the Rio Grande Producer, as Dorothy Reid1
1940 Old Swimmin' Hole, TheThe Old Swimmin' Hole Screenwriter, as Dorothy Reid1
1947 Curley Screenwriter, as Dorothy Reid1
1948 Who Killed Doc Robbin Screenwriter, as Dorothy Reid1
1949 Impact Screenwriter, as Dorothy Reid1
1951 Rhubarb Screenwriter, as Dorothy Reid1
1952 It Grows on Trees Dialogue coach, as Dorothy Reid1
1954 Francis Covers the Big Town Dialogue director, as Dorothy Reid1
1955 Footsteps in the Fog Screenwriter, as Dorothy Reid1
1956 First Traveling Saleslady, TheThe First Traveling Saleslady Dialogue supervisor, as Dorothy Reid1


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw "Dorothy Davenport" AFI Catalog of Feature Films American Film Institute Retrieved 2016-08-09 
  2. ^ "Thomas Ricketts, Pioneer of Movies" The New York Times January 21, 1939 Retrieved 2016-02-12 
  3. ^ Anderson, Mark Lynn September 27, 2013 "Dorothy Davenport Reid" Women Film Pioneers Project Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia University Libraries Retrieved 2016-08-09 

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • Dorothy Davenport on Internet Movie Database
  • Dorothy Davenport Reid at the Women Film Pioneers Project
  • Dorothy Davenport at Find a Grave

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