~Dorothy Jordan~

Born: August 9, 1906 in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
Died: December 7, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Before she established herself as a feisty movie ingenue, dark-haired Dorothy Jordan trained in
ballet and studied acting at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Art. A veteran of Broadway
musicals, Jordan came to Hollywood in 1929, securing such roles as Bianca in the Fairbanks/Pickford
version of Taming of the Shrew (1929) and the daughter of Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery in Min
and Bill (1930). From 1932 onward, Jordan's film assignments became increasingly humdrum,
prompting her to retire from moviemaking when she married producer Merian C. Cooper. At the
request (and cajoling) of her husband and their mutual friend John Ford, Dorothy Jordan made a
brief comeback in three Ford-directed films of the 1950s, The Sun Shines Bright (1953), The
Searchers (1956) and The Wings of Eagles (1957).

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
Words and Music (1929) .... Song and dance principal
Black Magic (1929) .... Ann Bradbroke
The Taming of the Shrew (1929) ... Bianca
~Gwen Lee &
Dorothy Jordan~