I still am amassing, collating and collecting material on Dorothy and her career. when I move into *real* serious I am actually writing things down Dorothy research, this will mean a trip to NYC for some deep diving at the Billy Rose.
In the meantime, here's a recent acquisition that also has a connection to Rudolph Valentino.]]>
Here is an absolutely charming lobby card from 1918’s The Hope Chest which was filmed in downtown Los Angeles at The Dutch Chocolate Shoppe. The place,
Work on Dorothy continues very, very slowly. Life, of course, had gotten in the way, but I have begun 2014 with renewed vigour and continue to dig for everything I can find about Dorothy, her life and her films.
James Rennie and Dorothy posed for an “official” portrait for the news media,
James Malachi Rennie married Dorothy Gish On December 26,
How's that for a short and sweet post!?
I suspect the photographer is Hoover Art Co. LA, whoever the photographer, Dorothy looks stunning, here at age 17.]]>
Dorothy did pen at least one scenario that was adapted by Dell Henderson and made into a film,
Where Dorothy really was a pioneer was that she left Hollywood to make films in Great Britain. Hollywood, particularly postwar was the center of the universe when it came to filmaking. Dorothy stepped out of the box and left for Europe.
The later part of her silent career she made several films for Herbert Wilcox. Most notable of which was the 1926 film Nell Gwyn. Nell Gwyn was distributed in the United States by Paramount Pictures. Nell was a great success. The follow up, Madame Pompadour, even according to Dorothy herself, was not.]]>
Happily, my telephone interview went well. E was a delight to speak with and shared some wonderful stories. What happened, of course, was once I hung up the phone, I found myself mentally asking even more questions. I'm hoping I will be able to follow up with more and I hope that we will be able to meet in person later this year.
The interview gave me a real shot in the arm and helped me get more of a handle on exactly who Dorothy was and what she was like. Makes me lament, once again, how I wish I could turn back time and meet her in person. Also, wish I'd made more of my opportunity way back when I sent sister Lillian a fan letter (which she did answer) to write and ask her about Dorothy. Oh well, not all 17 year olds can be wise and so forward thinking, I certainly was not. Oh well, must continue to look forward while searching for the past.]]>
Forgive me for a moment while I shout with delight. I received a response to a letter written a long time back, one I despaired that I’d never receive a reply. I despaired for naught for today I received an answer. A positive, I want to talk to you about my best friend, Doatsie. Hashing out a time for a phone call since we’re not close enough for an in-person interview. To say I’m beyond excited at this prospect is an understatement.]]>
A NYC researcher has been engaged! How much of the material I want to see and will be accessible is anyone’s guess. In any case,