Dorothy Jordan

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Dorothy Jordan in a bathing suit (1932)

Dorothy Jordan (born August 9, 1906 in Clarksville , Tennessee , † December 7, 1988 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American actress .


Dorothy Jordan was trained as a ballerina and initially starred in a number of Broadway productions. The good-looking Jordan began her film career in 1929 and in the following time she appeared alongside Bette Davis , Clark Gable , Marie Dressler and other stars. In 1933 she married Merian C. Cooper , the producer and director of King Kong and the White Woman , the first King Kong film. Together they had a son and two daughters. After marrying Cooper, the actress initially withdrew from the film business.

In the 1950s, however, Jordan had a kind of small comeback with supporting roles in three films by director John Ford . He was friends with her husband Cooper and they both produced films together. In 1956, she played the sister-in-law of John Wayne in Ford's classic film The Black Hawk , who may have had an affair with him in the past. Dorothy Jordan died of heart failure in 1988 at the age of 82.

Filmography (selection)

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Obituary in the New York Times, December 13, 1988 (last accessed April 6, 2012)