Doris Kenyon

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Doris Kenyon, 1922

Doris Kenyon (actually Margaret Doris Kenyon ; born September 5, 1897 in Syracuse , New York, USA, † September 1, 1979 in Beverly Hills , Los Angeles, USA) was an American film and stage actress, pop singer and poet.


Kenyon was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1897. She was the daughter of editor and Baptist minister James Kenyon. As a teenager she published her first volume of poetry. In 1915 she made her debut on Broadway . She made her first film in 1915 with the title The Rack . In 1918 she founded her own film production company. In 1924 she played in Monsieur Beaucaise at the side of the legendary Rudolph Valentino .

Since the introduction of the sound film, she has also sung in various films. She was married to the film and stage actor Milton Sills (1882-1930). Major stars she shot with included Spencer Tracy and William Powell .

Her book Monologe was published in 1930. In the early 30s she also sang Schlagerlieder in Austria and Germany under the stage name Margaret Taylor . She made her last film in 1939 with The Man with the Iron Mask .

In 1979 she died of a weak heart.

Filmography (selection)

Twilight (1919)


  • Crazy with desire-the film actresses of the silent movie era . Publishing house Schwarzkopf and Schwarzkopf

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