Dorothy Jordan (American actress)
Dorothy Jordan in bathing-suit (1932)
August 9, 1906|
Clarksville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||December 7, 1988
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 and went on to make twenty-two more films in the next four years, including Min and Bill with Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler in 1930 and The Cabin in the Cotton with Bette Davis in 1932. 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 Colonel 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, she came out of her leave and tested for the role of Melanie Hamilton in Gone With The Wind. Cooper was a good friend 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 came out of retirement for a small role. She then appeared in a 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.
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 and her ashes are interred at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.
|1929||Black Magic||Ann Bradbroke|
|Words and Music||Song and dance principal|
|The Taming of the Shrew||Bianca|
|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|
|That's My Boy||Dorothy Whitney|
|The Cabin in the Cotton||Betty Wright|
|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|
- 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". New York Times. 1988-12-13. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
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