Marie Doro – Beautiful Edwardian Actress

Marie Doro (b. 1882) was an American stage and film actress of the early silent film era. Like many other young ladies, she started out in the chorus in musical comedy productions. Marie Doro starred in at least 18 movies including ‘The Admirable Crichton’ in 1903, ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in 1905-06, ‘Electricity’ in 1910 and ‘Diplomacy’ in 1914. On tour of England in the mid 1900’s, she starred with the unknown teenage Charles Chaplin.

By the early 1920s Doro became increasingly disillusioned with Hollywood and her acting career. She returned to the Broadway stage one last time in 1921 with Josephine Drake in Lilies of the Field. She made two more feature films, the last of them being Sally Bishop, but left Hollywood in 1924, relocated to Europe for a time and made a number of films in Italy and the UK. Returning to the United States, she became increasingly reclusive and drawn to spiritual matters. After moving to New York City, she briefly studied at the Union Theological Seminary.

After returning to the United States, she spent the rest of her life in seclusion. She would often go on self-styled “retreats” in which she went to extremes to elude friends and acquaintances, even to the point of changing hotels four times a week.

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Marie Doro – circa 1900

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Marie Doro – circa 1900

Bassano. Marie Doro. 1913.

Maria Doro

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4 responses to “Marie Doro – Beautiful Edwardian Actress

  1. I found an antigue photo of her and have made two oil paintings of her several years ago. She surely is the most beautiful model I’ve ever seen- hope to do more work on her.

    • Mr. Allen, I first came across photos of Marie Doro in the early 1990s, when I worked in Interlibrary Loan at the Metro Nashville Public Library. Another library wanted copies made from a Cosmopolitan and from Theater Magazine, circa 1910-1912, and in finding what they needed I came across articles on Marie Doro. I set about researching other period articles and photo spreads of her, and there were plenty. If your paintings are shown online, I’d love to see the link–thanks. Nowhere have I found any of her silent films in existence, even in fragments or documentaries, although I’ve seen reviews indicating that a few people in this digital age _have_ seen them.
      Embla Hrafn, I wonder if you know of any Doro films in still existence?
      Thanks,
      Carter

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