|Born||Nancy Ann Rosher
July 10, 1913
Porterville, California, U.S.
|Died||August 10, 2000
Ojai, California, U.S.
|Other names||Dorothy D. Rosher|
|Spouse(s)||Charles S. Belden (? - 1943, divorce)
John D. W. Morrill (1943 - ?)
Marsh made her first film appearances as an infant in 1915. She appeared in the short film The Mad Maid of the Forest (1915) and also the Universal Pictures film Hearts Aflame (1915), billed as Dorothy Rosher. In 1918, she appeared in the Paramount Pictures production Woman's Weapons. After a number of baby roles, Marsh became a child star in Mary Pickford films such as Daddy-Long-Legs (1919) and Pollyanna (1920).
She made her last film appearance as a child in 1921, and returned to films with a role in King of Jazz (1930), in which she sang with Bing Crosby. She played W. C. Fields's daughter in You're Telling Me! (1934). She continued in small roles until the early 1940s.
During production of Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937), Marsh met and later married writer Charles Belden, who had co-written the film's screenplay. The marriage ended in divorce in 1943 -- first in Los Angeles, California, on August 26, 1943, followed by a second divorce October 23, 1943, "so she won't have to wait a year before remarrying." The following year Marsh made her final film appearance in Follow the Leader (1944).
- How Could You Jean? (1918)
- Johanna Enlists (1918)
- Women's Weapons (1918)
- Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)
- Suds (1920)
- Pollyanna (1920) as Dorothy Rosher
- Thou Art the Man (1920)
- Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)
- King of Jazz (1930)
- Inspiration (1931)
- Three Girls Lost (1931)
- Maker of Men (1931)
- Are You Listening? (1932)
- Speed Demon (1932)
- High Gear (1933)
- It's Great to Be Alive (1933)
- Three-Cornered Moon (1933)
- You're Telling Me! (1934)
- We're Rich Again (1934)
- Anna Karenina (1935)
- What Becomes of the Children? (1936)
- The Lady Objects (1938)
- Fast and Loose (1939)
- Idiot's Delight (1939)
- Road to Zanzibar (1941)
- Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943 serial)
- Mr. Muggs Steps Out (1943)
- Follow the Leader (1944)
- "Joan Marsh Father Freed From Paying". The Bakersfield Californian (California, Bakersfield). August 4, 1938. p. 18. Retrieved June 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Katz, Ephraim and Nolen, Ronald. The Film Encyclopedia, pp. 1166-67 (HarperCollins 2013)
- "Woman's Weapons". The Wichita Daily Eagle (Kansas, Wichita). November 24, 1918. p. 26. Retrieved June 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 234.
- "Actress Joan Marsh To Marry Captain". Long Beach Independent (California, Long Beach). International News Service. October 22, 1943. p. 5. Retrieved June 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
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