Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Dorothy Wilson

Born: 14 November 1909, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Died: 7 January 1998, Lompoc, California, USA

Dorothy Wilson was a secretary who was signed up with a number of employment agencies. One of her jobs was at RKO Pictures where she worked at the studio for two years. Whilst taking dictation for director Gregory La Cava as part of her many assignments at RKO, LaCava, who was preparing to cast his upcoming film 'The Age of Consent (1932)', noticed Dorothy's stunning beauty and set her up for a screen test to play a lead role. She was given the part and her career took off from there. Although never breaking into major feature productions, Dorothy had a solid film career for 5 years. After marrying screenwriter Lewis R. Foster, Dorothy only featured in a few more films before retiring from acting and raising a family. She did, however, test for the part of 'Melanie Hamilton' in the epic movie 'Gone With the Wind (1939)', but she did not win the role, which was eventually played by Olivia de Havilland.

The Age of Consent (1932) as Betty Cameron

With Richard Cromwell.

Hollywood on Parade No. A-9 (1933) as Herself

One of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1932.

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