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Claire Dodd (1908–1973)

She was born Dorothy Anne Dodd on December 29, 1908, in Des Moines, Iowa while her mother was on a trip. This did not appeal to her Southern pride so she said she was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was actually raised. Her father was a doctor who abandoned her and her mother before she was ten years old. Her mother suffered from ... See full bio »

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 1942 The Daring Young Man
 1942 Mississippi Gambler
Gladys La Verne
 1942 Don Winslow of the Navy
Mercedes Colby
 1941 In the Navy
Dorothy Roberts
 1941 The Black Cat
Margaret Gordon
 1940 If I Had My Way
Brenda Johnson
 1939 Slightly Honorable
Alma Brehmer
 1939 Woman Doctor
Gail Patterson
 1938 Charlie Chan in Honolulu
Mrs. Carol Wayne
 1938 Three Loves Has Nancy
Vivian Herford
 1938 Fast Company
Julia Thorne
 1938 Romance in the Dark
Countess Monica Foldesay
 1937 The Women Men Marry
Claire Raeburn
 1936 Two Against the World
Cora Latimer
 1936 The Song of a Nation (Short)
Mary Key
 1936 Murder by an Aristocrat
Janice Thatcher
 1936 Navy Born
Bernice Farrington
 1936 The Singing Kid
Dana Lawrence
 1935 The Payoff
 1935 The Goose and the Gander
 1935 Don't Bet on Blondes
Marilyn Youngblood
 1935 Roberta
 1934 I Sell Anything
 1934 The Personality Kid
Patricia Merrill
 1934 Smarty
 1934 Journal of a Crime
 1934 Gambling Lady
Sheila Aiken
 1934 Massacre
 1933 My Woman
Muriel Bennett
 1933 Footlight Parade
 1933 Ex-Lady
Iris Van Hugh
 1933 Elmer, the Great
 1933 Blondie Johnson
Gladys LaMann
 1933 Hard to Handle
Marlene Reeves
 1933 Parachute Jumper
Mrs. Newberry
 1932 The Match King
Ilse Wagner
 1932 Lawyer Man
Virginia St. Johns
 1932 Crooner
Mrs. Constance Brown
 1932 Guilty as Hell
Ruth Tindal
 1932 Man Wanted
Ann Le Maire
 1932 This Is the Night
Chou-Chou (uncredited)
 1932 The Broken Wing
Cecelia Cross
 1932 Dancers in the Dark
Girl at Bar (uncredited)
 1932 Alias the Doctor
Mrs. Beverly (uncredited)
 1932 Two Kinds of Women
Sheila Lavery (uncredited)
 1931 Under 18
 1931 Working Girls
 1931 Girls About Town
Dot - Party Girl (uncredited)
 1931 The Road to Reno
Party Girl (uncredited)
 1931 An American Tragedy
Gaile Warren (uncredited)
 1931 The Secret Call
 1931 Confessions of a Co-Ed
Co-Ed in Chapel (uncredited)
 1931 The Lawyer's Secret
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1931 Up Pops the Devil
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1930 Whoopee!
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1930 Our Blushing Brides
A Mannequin
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Stage Play: Smiles. Musical comedy. Music by Vincent Youmans. Based on material by William Anthony McGuire. Lyrics by Clifford Grey [final Broadway credit during lifetime] and Harold Adamson. Additional lyrics by Ring Lardner. Music orchestrated by Paul Lannin [final Broadway credit]. Musical Director: Frank Tours. Choreographed by Ned ... See more »

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5' 6" (1.68 m)

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I did almost nothing much for a year. Publicity [photographs, greeting exhibitor's parties, dancing group scenes, odds and ends . . . Any extra could have done what I was assigned, and yet I was receiving a very decent salary check regularly. -- CD, describing her early film career with Paramount Pictures


Battled cancer for two years before she died. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills and burial was in Glendale. See more »



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