Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979

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Arzner was born Jan. 3, 1900; studied medicine at Univ. of So. CA; ambulance driver in WWI (1917-18); in 1919, she was hired by William C. De Mille as a stenographer in the script dept. at Famous Players-Lasky (Paramount), and was later promoted to script clerk, film cutter, and film editor; editor for Realart, a subsidiary of Paramount, 1922; wrote and edited Old Ironsides, 1925; met Marion Morgan, choreographer and dancer, in the early 1930s and the two remained companions until Morgan's death in 1971; retired from directing in 1943; produced WAC training films during WWII; taught at UCLA and made commercials for Pepsi-Cola; her credits include, Christopher Strong (1933), Nana (1934), and Craig's wife (1936); honored at the 1st International Festival of Women's Films, NY, 1972, and by Director's Guild of America, 1975; died Oct. 1, 1979 in La Quinta, CA.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1920-1979. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 39693290

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Arzner was born Jan. 3, 1900; studied medicine at Univ. of So. CA; ambulance driver in WWI (1917-18); in 1919, she was hired by William C. De Mille as a stenographer in the script dept. at Famous Players-Lasky (Paramount), and was later promoted to script clerk, film cutter, and film editor; editor for Realart, a subsidiary of Paramount, 1922; wrote and edited "Old Ironsides," 1925; met Marion Morgan, choreographer and dancer, in the early 1930s and the two remained companions until Morgan's death in 1971; retired from directing in 1943; produced WAC training films during WWII; taught at UCLA and made commercials for Pepsi-Cola; her credits include, "Christopher Strong" (1933), "Nana" (1934), and "Craig's Wife" (1936); honored at the 1st International Festival of Women's Films, NY, 1972, and by Director's Guild of America, 1975; died Oct. 1, 1979 in La Quinta, CA.

From the guide to the Dorothy Arzner Papers, ca. 1920-1979, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections)

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Birth 1900-01-03

Death 1979-10-01

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