Dorothy Burgess
Film, stage actress
Dorothy Burgess
Dorothy Burgess was a stage and motion picture actress from Los Angeles, California.
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    FIFTIES
  • 1961
    Age 53
    In May 1961, Dorothy Burgess was brought to the hospital from her home in Palm Springs, California.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1933
    Age 25
    Burgess was sued by Italo Manfredi and his wife, Marie, in January 1933.
    More Details Hide Details They sought $25,000 in damages. A compromise payment of $6,150 was approved by the San Francisco Superior Court in August 1933. Earlier a compromise amounting to $6,000 was agreed upon for damages claimed by 18-year-old swimmer, Betty Lou Davis, who was injured in the same accident.
  • 1932
    Age 24
    Burgess was charged with manslaughter following an auto accident in which she was driving. 17-year-old Louise Manfredi died in the wreck, in San Francisco, on the night of December 23, 1932.
    More Details Hide Details Burgess, driving alone, collided with a car driven by 18-year-old, Andrew Salz, a student at the University of California-Berkeley. Burgess' hearing was postponed and her bail was fixed at $50. She suffered from shock and was placed in a San Francisco sanitorium. Salz and Burgess each accused the other of responsibility for the accident.
    Burgess became engaged to movie director, Clarence Brown, in 1932.
    More Details Hide Details She was involved in a romance with wealthy New York jeweler, Jules Galenzer, in 1934.
  • 1931
    Age 23
    In December 1931 Burgess signed with First National Pictures for a significant role in Play-Girl (1932), which had a screen story by Maude Fulton.
    More Details Hide Details The movie was produced by Warner Bros. and First National. Burgess had a featured role as a romantic rival of Jean Harlow in Hold Your Man (1932), also starring Clark Gable. Burgess also appeared in Swing High (1930), Taxi! (1932), Ladies They Talk About (1933), Malay Nights (1933), Strictly Personal (1933), Headline Shooter (1933), Black Moon (1934), and Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (1934). Burgess acted with Lowe and Nancy Carroll in the Paramount Pictures release, I Love That Man (1933), directed by Harry Joe Brown and produced by Charles R. Rogers. Burgess strained ligaments in her back and shoulders during filming at Universal Pictures studio in July 1933. She was performing fight scenes with Mary Carlisle and Sally O'Neil. Burgess appeared with Richard Barthelmess and Jean Muir in A Modern Hero (1934), which deals with a young circus rider. Gambling (1934) starred George M. Cohan, and was produced by Harold B. Franklin at the Eastern Services Studios in Astoria, Queens. Burgess played the part of Dorothy Kane. Her role as 'Trixie' in Lone Star Ranger (1942) represented a return to playing a dance hall girl, as she did in In Old Arizona. The film was produced by Twentieth Century-Fox.
    Burgess depicted a Mexican girl in The Broken Wing, a Paul Dickerson romantic comedy, staged at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, in July 1931.
    More Details Hide Details She was typecast as a Spanish woman so much that one reviewer commented that perhaps there was a Spanish onion or a Mexican chili pepper in her family tree. However, offstage she was much more a typical American co-ed than the Carmanesque young ladies, who she often played. She made Hollywood her permanent home, living at 210 South Fuller Avenue. Fox Film acquired her services and she debuted in In Old Arizona (1928), the first of the outdoor talking films. Burgess portrayed the Mexican minx who was desired by both Edmund Lowe and Warner Baxter. A reviewer noted that her voice was good. The first film made in the Movietone sound system, it was a romance of the old southwest.
  • 1929
    Age 21
    In May 1929 two large lamps mounted on a tripod toppled over on a sound stage where Burgess was working at the Fox Movietone Studio.
    More Details Hide Details She was cut severely over her left eye by one of the incandescent lamps. Burgess was rushed to a studio hospital where several stitches were taken in her wound. Burgess won the feminine lead in Beyond Victory (1931) after Ann Harding decided not to make the movie. The Pathé Pictures release featured William Boyd as the leading man.
  • 1928
    Age 20
    Her knowledge of the stage was proficient and she combined this with ample charm and attractiveness. Burgess was co-featured in a stock company managed by George Cukor and George Kondolf at the Lyceum Theatre in Rochester, New York, during the summer of 1928.
    More Details Hide Details Her co-star was Henry Hull. The actors opened in Broadway on April 30. She learned about being a character actor in stock, along with adapting her voice and mannerisms to each new role. Burgess was on Broadway in The Squall and played the title role in Lulu Belle, in Los Angeles. Burgess was given top billing by David Belasco in Lulu Belle. The play was performed at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles in October 1929. In the theatrical world the name of a star above the title of the show itself was indicative of stardom for the performer. Lulu Belle was a dusky charmer from Harlem.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 18
    Burgess made her stage debut in a walk-on role in support of her mother's sister, Bainter. She first came to light as a specialty dancer in The Music Box Revue. Burgess played a 17-year-old in the comedy, The Adorable Liar, which was staged at the 49th Street Theater in August 1926.
    More Details Hide Details It was her first appearance in New York City. Burgess was heralded as a combination of Eleonora Duse, Maude Adams, Helen Hayes, Janauschek, Katharine Cornell, and, possibly, Mrs. Fiske. A reviewer commented that she proved an authentic success, especially considering the material she was given.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1907
    Born
    Born on March 4, 1907.
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