Phillips, c. 1919
Dorothy Gwendolyn Strible
October 30, 1889
|Died||March 1, 1980 (aged 90)|
|Other names||Kid Nazimova|
|Spouse(s)||Allen Holubar |
(m.1912-1923; his death)
Dorothy Phillips (October 30, 1889 – March 1, 1980) was an American stage and film actress. She is known for her emotional performances in melodramas, having played a number of "brow beaten" women on screen, but had a pleasant demeanor off. She garnered little press for anything outside of her work.
Born Dorothy Gwendolyn Strible in Baltimore,Phillips was educated at the College of Expression of Maryland and once graduated acted with the George Fawcett Stock Co. Phillips began her career as a stage actress for Colonel Savage Productions acting in New York and Chicago. She made her film debut in 1911 on a two-reeler called The Rosary, and appeared in over 150 films during her career. For a time, she was nicknamed Kid Nazimova for her ability to imitate the Russian-born, Hollywood actress Alla Nazimova. Phillips started at Universal Pictures often starring with Lon Chaney. Sometimes she would supplement these features with "shorts" filmed at Fox Studios. By 1917 Phillips had appeared in 22 films over two years and had suffered a breakdown due to exhaustion. It also caused a breach in her working relationship with director Joseph De Grasse and screenwriter/director wife, Ida May Park.
Once she had rested and recovered, 1918 brought a series of successful films including A Soul For Sale, the first film starring her that was directed by her husband, Allen J. Holubar.Her pictures during this time scored highly with exhibitors and patrons alike. These successes and newfound working relationship between the couple prompted Phillips to leave Universal and in 1920 she and Holubar formed their own company, Allen Holubar Productions. Their pictures were released through First National Pictures to further acclaim throughout the 1920s.
Phillips' career slowed after 1927, and she mainly appeared in uncredited bit roles for the rest of her career. Her last appearance was in the 1962 classic western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Marriage and death
Dorothy Phillips was married to actor-director Allen Holubar for 11 years until his death in 1923 from pneumonia, following surgery, at the age of 33. They met when she was starring on stage in the Chicago production of "Every Woman" as the character of Modesty. Phillips also died of pneumonia, in 1980, at the age of 90. She is buried with her husband at the Secret Garden section of Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Dorothy Phillips has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6358 Hollywood Blvd. Phillips and Holubar's 1918 film, The Heart of Humanity, was shown at MOMA, The Museum of Modern Art in a 2014 exhibition.
|1911||His Friend's Wife||Short, Uncredited|
|The Rosary||Ruth Martin||Short|
|Her Dad the Constable||Mary Perkins||Short|
|The Gordian Knot||Marion Walters||Short|
|Saved from the Torrents||Katie Carrington||Short|
|Fate's Funny Frolic||Alice Trevor||Short|
|A False Suspicion||Marion Walters||Short|
|1913||The Unburied Past||Margaret Phillips||Short|
|The Power of Conscience||Dora Gordon||Short|
|1914||In All Things Moderation||Mary Graham - the Oldest Daughter||Short|
|Three Men Who Knew||Mrs. Watson||Short|
|1915||The Affair of the Terrace||Jasmine Roberts||Short|
|The Trail of the Upper Yukon||Marcia||Short|
|The Mark of Cain||Doris||Alternative title: By Fate's Degree|
|If My Country Should Call||Margaret Ardrath|
|The Place Beyond the Winds||Priscilla Glenn|
|The Price of Silence||Helen Urmy|
|1917||The Piper's Price||Amy Hadley|
|Hell Morgan's Girl||Lola|
|The Girl in the Checkered Coat||Mary Graham "Flash" Fan|
|The Flashlight||Delice Brixton||Alternative title: The Flashlight Girl|
|A Doll's House||Nora Helmer|
|Fires of Rebellion||Madge Garvey|
|The Rescue||Anne Wetherall|
|Pay Me!||Marta||Alternative titles: Pay Day|
The Vengeance of the West
|1918||The Grand Passion||Viola Argos|
|Broadway Love||Midge O'Hara|
|The Risky Road||Marjorie Helmer|
|A Soul for Sale||Neila Pendleton|
|The Mortgaged Wife||Gloria Carter|
|The Talk of the Town||Genevra French||Directed by Allen Holubar, her husband|
|The Heart of Humanity||Nanette||Directed by Allen Holubar|
|The Right to Happiness||Sonia & Vivian - Twin Sisters|
|Paid in Advance||Joan Gray|
|1920||Once to Every Woman||Aurora Meredith|
|1921||Man, Woman & Marriage||Victoria|
|The World's a Stage||Jo Bishop|
|1923||Slander the Woman||Yvonne Desmarest|
|The Unknown Purple||Uncredited|
|1925||Every Man's Wife||Mrs. Bradin|
|The Sporting Chance||Patricia Winthrop|
|Without Mercy||Mrs. Enid Grant|
|1926||The Bar-C Mystery||Jane Cortelyou|
|The Gay Deceiver||Claire|
|1927||Women Love Diamonds||Mrs. Flaherty|
|The Broken Gate||Aurora Lane|
|Cradle Snatchers||Kitty Ladd||Directed by Howard Hawks|
|1930||The Jazz Cinderella||Mrs. Consuelo Carter||Alternative title: Love Is Like That|
|1934||Now I'll Tell||Mrs. Farth||(scenes deleted)|
|1936||Thank You, Jeeves!||Boy's mother||Uncredited|
|1940||And One Was Beautiful||Gertrude's maid||Uncredited|
|1942||My Favorite Spy||Woman at wedding||Uncredited|
|Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood||Old Lady at Radio||Uncredited|
|1943||The Cross of Lorraine||Village woman||Uncredited|
|1944||Mrs. Parkington||Leaping Rock Pedestrian||Uncredited|
|1946||The Postman Always Rings Twice||Nurse||Uncredited|
|1949||The Reckless Moment||Woman||Uncredited|
|1950||Father of the Bride||Woman in Nightmare Sequence||Uncredited|
|1951||Man in the Saddle||Townswoman||Uncredited|
|1955||Violent Saturday||Bank customer||Uncredited|
|How to Be Very, Very Popular||Uncredited|
|1956||The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit||Mr. Hopkins' maid||Uncredited|
|1962||The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance||Townswoman||Uncredited, (final film role)|
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- "The Heart of Humanity. 1919. Directed by Allen Holubar | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
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