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Overview (3)

Born in Dallas, Texas, USA
Died in Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA
Birth NameDorothy Penelope Jones

Mini Bio (1)

Dorothy Janis' short film career began when she was visiting a cousin, who was working on a film at Fox in 1927. Her beauty was noticed at once and she was asked to test for a role. She made only five films, four silents and one talkie (Lummox). She is best known for her performance opposite Ramon Navarro in The Pagan. She retired at the age of twenty and married bandleader Wayne King in 1932.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Arne Andersen

Spouse (1)

Wayne King (21 March 1932 - 16 July 1985) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (6)

She has six grandchildren.
Her children are named Penelope "Penny" and Wayne.
When she first started working as an actress, Metro introduced her as 18 years old and half Cherokee, neither of which was true (she was under age at the time).
Her cousin worked as an extra in movies. When she was in high school, she came with her cousin to work, which is where studio bosses recognized her and offered her a job.
Hr one and only talkie, "Lummox", still survives at the British Film Institute as a nitrate print. Sound discs survive at UCLA.
Now lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona [June 2004]

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