Dorothy Arzner

Born Jan 3, 1897

Dorothy Arzner was an American film director. Her directorial career in feature films spanned from the late 1920s into the early 1940s, a time period in which there were very few—if any—other women working in the field.

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1897 Birth Born on January 3, 1897.


1919 22 Years Old Through connections with director William C. DeMille, Arzner got a job as a stenographer in 1919 at Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, which later became Paramount Pictures. … Read More
1922 25 Years Old Her first assignment as an editor was in 1922 for the renowned classic Blood and Sand, starring Rudolph Valentino. … Read More


1927 30 Years Old Paramount conceded in 1927, putting her in charge of the film Fashions for Women, which became a financial success. … Read More
1932 35 Years Old She left Paramount in 1932 to begin work as an independent director for several of the studios. … Read More
1936 39 Years Old In 1936, Arzner became the first woman to join the Directors Guild of America. … Read More


1972 75 Years Old In 1972 the First International Festival of Women's Films honored her by screening "The Wild Party", and her oeuvre was given a full retrospective at the Second Festival in 1976.
1975 78 Years Old In 1975 the Director's Guild of America honored her with "A Tribute to Dorothy Arzner." … Read More
1979 83 Years Old Died on October 1, 1979.
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