Dorothy Jordan

Born Aug 9, 1906

Dorothy Jordan was an American movie actress who had a short but successful career beginning in talking pictures in 1929.

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1906 Birth Born on August 9, 1906.


1929 22 Years Old Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, Jordan made her screen debut in the 1929 film The Taming of the Shrew and went on to make twenty-two more films in the next four years, including Min and Bill with Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler in 1930 and The Cabin in the Cotton with Bette Davis in 1932. … Read More
1933 26 Years Old In 1933, Jordan left films and married filmmaker, screenwriter and later World War II U.S. Army Air Forces Colonel Merian C. Cooper, who co-wrote, produced and directed the 1933 film King Kong. … Read More


1937 30 Years Old In 1937, she came out of her leave and tested for the role of Melanie Hamilton in Gone With The Wind. … Read More


1953 46 Years Old It was for Argosy's The Sun Shines Bright, directed by Ford in 1953, that Jordan came out of retirement for a small role.
1956 49 Years Old She then appeared in a small role as the sister-in-law of John Wayne's character, Ethan Edwards, who seeks Jordan's daughter, played by Natalie Wood, in the epic 1956 Argosy film The Searchers.


1957 50 Years Old Jordan appeared once more, in a small role in the John Ford film The Wings of Eagles in 1957 before retiring.


1973 66 Years Old Jordan and Cooper lived in Coronado, California and remained married until his death of cancer on April 21, 1973.
1988 82 Years Old Jordan died of congestive heart failure on December 7, 1988 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. … Read More
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