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Dorothy Sebastian

From Wikipedia Dorothy Sebastian (April 26, 1903 – April 8, 1957) was an American film and stage actress. Sebastian was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. In her youth, she aspired to be a dancer and a film actress. Her family frowned on both ambitions, however, so she fled to New York at the age of 15. Upon her arrival in New York City, Sebastian's southern drawl was thick enough to "cut with a knife". She followed around theatrical agents before returning at night to a $12-a-month room, after being consistently rejected. Sebastian's first contact in Hollywood was Robert Kane, who gave her a film test at United Studios. She performed in George White's Scandals and later co-starred with Joan Crawford and Anita Page for a popular series of MGM romantic dramas including Our Dancing Daughters (1928) and Our Blushing Brides (1930). Sebastian also appeared in 1929's Spite Marriage, wherein she was cast opposite her then-lover Buster Keaton. By the mid-1930s, Sebastian was semi-retired from acting after marrying Hopalong Cassidy star William Boyd. After their 1936 divorce, she returned to acting appearing in mostly bit parts. Her last onscreen appearance was in the 1948 film The Miracle of the Bells. Sebastian married actor William Boyd in December 1930 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They began a relationship after meeting on the set of His First Command in 1929. They divorced in 1936. In 1947, Sebastian married Miami Beach businessman Harold Shapiro to whom she remained married until her death. On April 8, 1957, Sebastian died of cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. She is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Dorothy Sebastian has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6655 Hollywood Blvd.

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Apr 26, 1903 In Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Sackcloth and Scarlet 1925-03-22
Latest Project:
Movie The Miracle of the Bells 1948-03-27
Known For
Poster of Days of Jesse James
Poster of The Unholy Night
Poster of Twelve Miles Out
Poster of You'd Be Surprised
Movie The Miracle of the Bells Miss Katie Orwin (uncredited) 1948-03-27
Movie Kansas Cyclone Helen King 1941-06-24
Movie Among the Living Woman in Cafe 1941-12-12
Movie Rough Riders' Round-up Rose 1939-03-13
Movie The Women Saleswoman Pat (uncredited) 1939-09-01
Movie The Arizona Kid Bess Warren 1939-09-28
Movie Days of Jesse James Zerilda James (uncredited) 1939-12-20
Movie The Mysterious Pilot Jean McNain 1937-12-09
Movie Allez Oop Paula Stevens 1934-05-25
Movie The Life of Vergie Winters Lulu 1934-06-14
Movie Ship of Wanted Men Irene Reynolds 1933-09-08
Movie Contrabando 1932-01-01
Movie They Never Come Back Adele Landon 1932-05-10
Movie Ships of Hate Grace Walsh 1931-06-15
Movie The Big Gamble Beverly Ames Beckwith 1931-09-27
Movie Montana Moon Elizabeth 1930-03-20
Movie The Rounder Ethel Dalton 1930-01-18
Movie Officer O'Brien Ruth Dale 1930-02-16
Movie Free and Easy Cave Scene 1930-03-22
Movie The Utah Kid Jennie Lee 1930-11-07
Movie Our Blushing Brides Franky 1930-07-19
Movie The Spirit of Youth Unknown 1929-02-15
Movie Morgan's Last Raid Judith Rogers 1929-01-05
Movie Spite Marriage Trilby Drew 1929-03-24
Movie The Single Standard Mercedes 1929-07-27
Movie His First Command Judy Gaylord 1929-12-28
Movie The Unholy Night Lady Efra 1929-09-13
Movie The Adventurer Dolores de Silva 1928-07-14
Movie Love Spectator at Race (uncredited) 1928-01-02
Movie Our Dancing Daughters Beatrice 'Bea' 1928-09-01
Movie A Woman of Affairs Constance 1928-12-15
Movie California 1927-05-07
Movie The Show Salvation Army Worker (uncredited) 1927-01-22
Movie Twelve Miles Out Chiquita 1927-07-08
Movie On Ze Boulevard Gaby de Sylva 1927-06-25
Movie Bluebeard's Seven Wives Gilda La Bray 1926-01-13
Movie You'd Be Surprised Dorothy 1926-09-24
Movie Sackcloth and Scarlet Polly Freeman 1925-03-22
Movie Why Women Love Pearl 1925-10-18
Movie Winds of Chance Laura 1925-08-15