Dorothy Arzner

Arzner, Dorothy

US-Filmregisseurin (1897-1979). US-Filmregisseurin (1897-1979). La Quinta. 23.10.1973. 4to. 1 p.
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Typed letter written to film producer Alex Gorden (1922-2003) with a request concerning the work of her former life-partner Marion Morgan (1881-1971): „[...] I am Dorothy Arzner, one time only woman Motion Picture Director at Paramount, in case you might think I am just an outside collector of films. Marion Morgan, creator of „The Morgan Dancers“ did many of the sprectacles for film during the 30’s She has since passed away and being her closest friend I wish to have some record of her work [...| Thanking you in advance, I am sincerely Dorothy Arzner. Dorothy Arzner’s career in Hollywood spanned from the silent era of the 1920s into the early 1940s.

From 1927 until her retirement from feature directing in 1943, Arzner was the only female director working in Hollywood. Additionally, she was one of a very few women able to establish a successful and long career in Hollywood as a film director until the 1970s. Arzner made a total of twenty films between 1927 and 1943 and launched the careers of a number of Hollywood actresses, including Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, and Lucille Ball. Additionally, Arzner was the first woman to join the Directors Guild of America and the first woman to direct a sound film. Arzner would maintain a forty-year relationship with Marion Morgan (1881-1971), a dancer and choreographer who was ten years older than Arzner. In 1930, Arzner and Morgan moved to Mountain Oak Drive, where they lived until Morgan's death in 1971. While they lived in Hollywood, Arzner assisted various cinematographic events. In her last years Arzner left Hollywood and went to live in the desert, in La Quinta, California..