Dot Farley

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Dot Farley
Silent film actress Dot Farley (SAYRE 417).jpg
Farley c. 1923
Dorathea Farley

(1881-02-06)February 6, 1881
DiedMay 2, 1971(1971-05-02) (aged 90)
Other namesDorothy Farley
Years active1910–1950

Dorathea "Dot" Farley[1] (February 6, 1881 – May 2, 1971)[citation needed] was an American film actress who appeared in 280 motion pictures between 1910 and 1950. She was also known as Dorothy Farley.[2]


Farley in 1922

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Farley was the daughter of Eugene Farley and actress Alma Streeter Farley.[3] Her nickname originated when she sang and danced on stage billed as "Chicago's Little Dot" when she was three years old.[1]

Farley gained acting experience by working for six years in stock theater[3] and made her film debut in 1910.[4] Mainly known for her roles in short comedies, prolific with Mack Sennett in the silent days, she also appeared in Western films in the early 1910s.[2] She was later notable as the mother-in-law of Edgar Kennedy in most of his series of short films at the RKO studios.

Farley was also a writer, with 260 of her stories having been produced by 1924.[5]

Farley died in South Pasadena, California.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Willis, Richard (November 1914). "Dot Farley: Comedienne, Tragedienne and Photoplaywright". Photoplay Magazine: 139–141. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Boggs, Johnny D. (2014). Jesse James and the Movies. McFarland. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7864-8496-6. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Cassara, Bill. Edgar Kennedy: Master of the Slow Burn. BearManor Media. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Walker, Brent E. (2013). Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel. McFarland. p. 501. ISBN 978-0-7864-7711-1. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "Dot Farley Is Successful Writer". The Perry Journal. Oklahoma, Perry. April 24, 1924. p. 7. Retrieved July 24, 2019 – via

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