“I’d never have been a success in silents. The clamor was too confusing. I’d been told that there would be music to help us emote. I expected a symphony orchestra, at least. Instead, there was a wheezy portable organ and two squeaky violins, which alternately played ‘Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby,’ and Massenet’s ‘Elegie.’” – Dorothy Jordan discussing what it was like for her to work on Fox’s last silent film, Black Magic (1929).
Source: Edward Nagle (1931)
Photographer: George Hurrell (1931)
In Gay Madrid (1930), with Ramon Novarro.
“When the studio wants me to do anything, I want to be able to do it.” — Dorothy Jordan
Photo: Ruth Harriet Louise
Photo: William Grimes (1931)
“I never got so much respect in all my life. On the stage if you have a little bit of success, they just congratulate you and let it go as that. But, out here – my word – your position in the world goes up twenty degrees every time one of the film executives out here says, ‘She’s a sweet kid.’” – Dorothy Jordan
“I want to grow up. I am 24 and don’t want to go on trying to look 16.” – Dorothy Jordan in 1933. Of course, she had just turned 27 years old when she made that remark. But who’s counting?
Quote source: Alma Whitaker.
Behind the wheel of a Cadillac near the Beverly Hills Hotel.
“Even before I married, the long hours of movie-making had begun to wear on me. I realized then that I didn’t have the driving ambition it takes to be a star.” – Dorothy Jordan.
Source: Richard Lamparski, author of the Whatever Happened to… series in the 1970s-1980s.