~Doris Kenyon~

Born: September 7, 1897 in Syracuse, NY, USA
Died: September 1, 1979 in Beverly Hills, CA, USA
The Hawk's Nest (1928) .... Madelon Arden
Burning Daylight (1928) .... Virgie
The Valley of the Giants (1927) .... Shirley Pennington
The Blonde Saint (1926) .... Ghirlaine Bellamy
Ladies at Play (1926) .... Ann Harper
... aka Loose Ankles
Mismates (1926) .... Judy Winslow
Men of Steel (1926) .... Mary Berwick
The Unguarded Hour (1925) .... Virginia Gilbert
The Half-Way Girl (1925) .... Poppy La Rue
I Want My Man (1925) .... Vida
A Thief in Paradise (1925) .... Helen Saville
If I Marry Again (1925) .... Jocelyn Margot
Idle Tongues (1924) .... Katherine Minot
Born Rich (1924) .... Frances Melrose
Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) .... Lady Mary
Lend Me Your Husband (1924) .... Aline Stackton
The New School Teacher (1924) .... Diana
The Love Bandit (1924) .... Amy Van Clayton
Restless Wives (1924) .... Polly Benson
Bright Lights of Broadway (1923) .... Irene Marley
You Are Guilty (1923) .... Alice Farrell
The Last Moment (1923) .... Alice Winthrop
Sure-Fire Flint (1922) .... June De Lanni
The Ruling Passion (1922) .... Angie Alden
Shadows of the Sea (1922) .... Dorothy Jordan
Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford (1921) .... Fannie Jasper
The Conquest of Canaan (1921) .... Ariel Taber
The Harvest Moon (1920) .... Dora Fullerton

The Bandbox (1919) .... Eleanor Searle
Twilight (1919) .... Twilight
Wild Honey (1918) .... Wild Honey/Mrs. Holbrook
The Inn of the Blue Moon (1918) .... Justine Druce/Dorothy Druce
The Street of Seven Stars (1918) .... Harmony Wells
The Hidden Hand (1917) .... Doris Whitney
Strictly Business (1917)
Great White Trail (1917) .... Prudence Carrington
On Trial (1917) (uncredited)
Jimmy Dale Alias the Grey Seal (1917) (uncredited)
The Empress (1917) .... Nedra
A Girl's Folly (1917) .... Mary Baker
The Man Who Forgot (1917) .... Edith Mallon
The Traveling Salesman (1916) .... Beth Elliot
The Ocean Waif (1916) .... Millie Jessup, the Ocean Waif
The Man Who Stood Still (1916) .... Marie Krauss
The Feast of Life (1916) .... Celida
Pawn of Fate (1916) .... Marcine Dufrene
The Rack (1915) .... Effie McKenzie
~Silent Filmography~
American actress Doris Kenyon was the daughter of well-to-do writer and publisher James B. Kenyon,
the editor of The Standard Dictionary and one-time protege of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. While
attending an Authors Club meeting with her father, 16-year-old Doris was invited to sing; she so
impressed one of the guests, composer Victor Herbert, that she was cast in Herbert's stage musical
Princess Pat. In 1916, one year after her stage debut, Kenyon entered films with The Hidden Hand. A
pretty ingenue who matriculated into an interesting if not outstanding actress, Kenyon did quite well
in silent films, at one point co-starring with Rudolph Valentino in Monsieur Beaucaire. In 1927, she
married Milton Sills, a major star with whom Kenyon had first appeared in The Rack (1916); Sills and
his wife appeared together in seven films, all of them moneymakers. Kenyon was playing tennis with
Milton in 1930 when he suddenly was felled by a fatal heart attack. She was disconsolate and planned
retirement, but was talked out of it by actor George Arliss, who arranged for Kenyon to have strong
co-starring roles in his films Alexander Hamilton (1931) and Voltaire (1933). No longer a romantic
leading lady, Kenyon had matured enough to convincingly play John Barrymore's truculent
society-climbing wife in Counsellor at Law (1933). The actress yearned at this point to return to her
singing career (she had, after all, appeared with the Metropolitan Opera at one point in the teens);
while retraining her voice, she began writing magazine articles for women's magazines, a venture
which proved successful. Rounding out her film career with Man in the Iron Mask (1939), Kenyon
spent the war years singing with the USO and lecturing to women's clubs. Doris Kenyon was almost
completely retired the last quarter century of her life, appearing only in a handful of TV shows as
favors to her show-business friends; one such friend was Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who in 1958 cast Kenyon
as a Norma Desmond-type faded star desperate for a comeback on 77 Sunset Strip. Now that program
REALLY required the delightfully non-desperate Doris Kenyon to put on an act!

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com