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Overview (4)

Born in Sedalia, Missouri, USA
Died in Ventura, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameDorothy Illgenfritz
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dorothy Dwan was born on April 26, 1906 in Sedalia, Missouri, USA as Dorothy Illgenfritz. She was an actress, known for The Wizard of Oz (1925), Kid Speed (1924) and The Devil Bear (1929). She was married to Paul Northcutt Boggs Jr., Larry Semon and Fred Buckels. She died on March 17, 1981 in Ventura, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

Paul Northcutt Boggs Jr. (23 May 1930 - 3 December 1935) (divorced) (1 child)
Larry Semon (22 January 1925 - 8 October 1928) (his death)
Fred Buckels (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Although many in Hollywood thought she was related in some way to director Allan Dwan, it turned out that Dorothy wasn't related to him at all, but took his last name because she greatly admired his work.
Son with Boggs, Paul, 22 November 1931.
Her pastimes included speed boating, golf, swimming, and listening to music.
While filming a picture with Tom Mix in 1927, Dorothy's stunt double, Ethel Hall, was killed when the boat she was in capsized in the river and she struck her head on a rock.
Petite, soulful-eyed brunette leading lady of the silent screen, best remembered for playing 'Dorothy' in an early version of The Wizard of Oz (1925). Her second husband was comic actor Larry Semon, who frequently used her in his short films. After Semon's death in 1928, Dorothy continued to get steady work, including as heroine of several westerns. She apparently had a good enough voice to make the transition to talkies, but instead opted to retire and raise a family with her third husband, the son of a Union Oil Company executive.

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