Doris Davenport

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Doris Davenport
Davenport in a still from the 1940 film The Westerner
Born(1917-01-17)January 17, 1917
DiedJune 18, 1980(1980-06-18) (aged 63)
Other namesDoris Jordan (model)
Occupationactor, writer, poet
Years active1934-1940 (movies)
Notable work
The Westerner
Spouse(s)Garland Weaver (1938-1941) (divorced)[1]

Doris Davenport, also known as Doris Jordan (January 1, 1917 – June 18, 1980) was an American film actress during the 1930s and early 1940s.

Davenport was born in Moline, Illinois, but raised in Hollywood, California. She started auditioning for acting roles, and performed in her first film in 1934, titled Kid Millions.

From 1934 to 1939, she appeared in only five films, supporting herself by working in New York City as a fashion model between films. However, when she auditioned under the screen name Doris Jordan for the role of Scarlett O'Hara, the lead role in the now classic Gone with the Wind, she did well enough to become one of the finalists for the role, but lost out to actress Vivien Leigh.

Despite not winning that major role, Davenport impressed MGM executive Samuel Goldwyn. In 1940, he gave a lead role to Davenport in the film The Westerner, starring opposite Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan. That same year, she starred in the film Behind the News opposite Lloyd Nolan. It was her last role. With no other offers following that film, she soon retired from acting.

She eventually settled in Santa Cruz, California, where she lived until her death on June 18, 1980, age 63.


Year Title Role Notes
1934 Kid Millions Nora aka 'Toots'
1935 George White's 1935 Scandals Chorine Uncredited
1935 The Girl Friend Chorus Girl in Play Uncredited
1936 Born to Dance Chorus Girl Uncredited
1937 Thin Ice Member of Girls Band Uncredited
1939 Sorority House Neva Simpson
1940 The Westerner Jane Ellen Mathews
1940 Behind the News Barbara Shaw (final film role)


  1. ^ "Rhinelander Daily News Archives, Jul 18, 1941, p. 6". Retrieved Jun 1, 2019.

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