~Dorothy Gibson~

Born: May 17, 1889 in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Died: February 17, 1946 (age 56) in Paris, France

Roses and Thorns (Short) (1912)
Saved from the Titanic (Short) (1912) ... Miss Dorothy
Revenge of the Silk Masks (Short) (1912) ... Society Girl
The Easter Bonnet (Short) (1912) ... Dora - the Milliner
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Short) (1912) ... Unspecified
A Lucky Holdup (Short) (1912) ... Miss Barton
The White Aprons (Short) (1912) ... Miss Beth
Brooms and Dustpans (Short) (1912) ... Kissing Cousin
A Living Memory (Short) (1912) ... Her Memory
It Pays to Be Kind (Short) (1912) ... Sister
The Kodak Contest (Short) (1912) ... The Wife
Bridge (Short) (1912)
Getting Dad Married (Short) (1912) ... Ellen
The Guardian Angel (Short) (1912) ... The Wife
The Awakening (Short) (1912) ... Nellie Garland - Jack's Sweetheart
Love Finds a Way (Short) (1912) ... Helen
Mamie Bolton (Short) (1912)
Divorcons (Short) (1912) ... The Wife
The Wrong Bottle (Short) (1911) ... The Bride
The Musician's Daughter (Short) (1911) ... Prima Donna
Miss Masquerader (Short) (1911) ... Heiress
Hands Across the Sea in '76 (Short) (1911) ... Molly Pitcher / Grace Deane / French Court Beauty
Good for Evil (Short) (1911) ... Dorothy
The Angel of the Slums (Short) (1911)
A Show Girl's Stratagem (Short) (1911) ... The Show-Girl


Saved from the Titanic (Short) (1912)
A former Harrison Fisher model, pioneering silent screen actress Dorothy Gibson would have been long
forgotten had it not been for that infamous night to remember, April 24, 1912. The leading lady of the
French-American Eclair Film Company and the star of that firm's first American production, Hands Across
the Sea (1911), brunette Gibson was returning from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land aboard the Titanic. She
was accompanied by her mother and the two ladies were saved in Lifeboat Seven, the first to be lowered
from the mortally wounded luxury liner. Arriving in New York on the Carpathia, the exhausted actress
was met by Eclair's American chairman, Jules Brulatour, who presented his leading lady with an
engagement ring. Brulatour then hurried the brave actress through the harrowing ordeal of reliving the
tragedy, this time for the cameras in a one-reel fictionalized version. Scooping all comers (including the
mammoth Danish production Atlantis), Eclair premiered the aptly titled Saved From the Titanic in May
1912, less than two weeks after the disaster. Several publications questioned the taste of exploiting the
tragedy, including the influential Moving Picture World who suggested that "the deploring disaster should
be given as little attention as possible as an exhibition feature." Shortly after the premiere of Saved From
the Titanic, Dorothy Gibson wed Jules Brulatour and retired. The marriage proved short-lived, but Gibson
did not return to performing. By 1922, she was living under somewhat meager conditions in New York
City, and 24 years later, her death at age 56 went completely unnoticed by the entertainment press.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com