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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.


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.
1929 32 Years Old At Paramount, Arzner directed Clara Bow's first talkie, The Wild Party. To allow Bow to move freely on the set, Arzner had technicians rig a microphone onto a fishing rod, essentially creating the first boom mike.The Wild Party was a success with critics and was the 3rd top-grossing film of 1929. … 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 newly formed Directors Guild of America.


1943 46 Years Old For reasons never fully disclosed, Arzner stopped directing feature-length films in 1943. … Read More


1979 83 Years Old She produced plays and, in the 1960s and 1970s, worked as a professor at the UCLA film school, teaching screenwriting and directing until her death in 1979. … Read More
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