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Cause of death  Renal failure
Name  Dorothy Mackaill

Occupation  Actress
Citizenship  BritishAmerican
Role  Actress
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Born  March 4, 1903 (1903-03-04) Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Education  Thoresby Primary School
Died  August 12, 1990, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Spouse  Harold Patterson (m. 1947–1948), Neil Albert Miller (m. 1931–1934), Lothar Mendes (m. 1926–1928)
Movies  Safe in Hell, The Office Wife, The Barker, Kept Husbands, No Man of Her Own
Similar People  Leila Hyams, William A Wellman, Lothar Mendes, Lloyd Bacon, William Beaudine

Years active  1920–1937; 1976–1980

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Dorothy Mackaill (March 4, 1903 – August 12, 1990) was a British-American actress, most notably of the silent-film era and into the early 1930s.


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Early life

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Born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, Mackaill lived with her father after her parents separated when she was eleven. She attended Thoresby Primary School. As a teenager, Mackaill ran away to London to pursue a stage career as an actress. After temporarily relocating to Paris, she met a Broadway stage choreographer who persuaded her to move to New York City where she became involved in the Ziegfeld Follies and befriended future motion picture actresses Marion Davies and Nita Naldi.


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By 1920, Mackaill had begun making the transition from "Follies Girl" to film actress. That same year she appeared in her first film, the Wilfred Noy-directed mystery, The Face at the Window. Mackaill also appeared in several comedies of 1920 opposite actor Johnny Hines. In 1921 she appeared opposite Anna May Wong, Noah Beery and Lon Chaney in the Marshall Neilan-directed drama Bits of Life. In the following years, Mackaill would appear opposite such popular actors as Richard Barthelmess, Rod La Rocque, Colleen Moore, John Barrymore, George O'Brien, Bebe Daniels, Milton Sills and Anna Q. Nilsson.

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In 1924, Mackaill rose to leading lady status in the drama The Man Who Came Back, opposite rugged matinee idol George O'Brien. Her role of the nightclub chanteuse Marcelle catapulted Mackaill into a genuine Hollywood star and her career continued to flourish throughout the remainder of the 1920s. In early 1924 she starred in the western film, The Mine with the Iron Door, shot on location outside of Tucson, Arizona. That same year she was awarded the WAMPAS Baby Stars award by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the United States, which honored thirteen young women each year who they believed to be on the threshold of movie stardom. Other notable recipients of the award that year were Clara Bow, Julanne Johnston and Lucille Ricksen.

Later career and retirement

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Mackaill made a smooth transition to sound with the part-talkie The Barker (1928) and had success in talkies for the next couple of years. First National Pictures was acquired by Warner Brothers in September 1928, and her contract with First National was not renewed upon its expiration in 1931. Perhaps her most memorable role of this era was the 1932 Columbia Pictures B film release Love Affair with a young Humphrey Bogart as her leading man. She made several films for MGM, Paramount and Columbia before retiring in 1937 to care for her aging mother.

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In 1955, Mackaill moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she remained for the rest of her life. She had fallen in love with the islands while filming His Captive Woman in 1929. Mackaill lived at the luxurious Royal Hawaiian Hotel on the beach at Waikiki as a sort of celebrity-in-residence and enjoyed swimming in the ocean nearly every day. She occasionally came out of retirement to appear in roles for television, notably in two episodes of Hawaii Five-O in 1976 and 1980, which was filmed on location in Hawaii.

Personal life

Mackaill was married three times. Her first marriage was to German film director Lothar Mendes, whom she married on November 17, 1926. They divorced in August 1928. On November 4, 1931, she married radio singer Neil Albert Miller. They divorced in February 1934. Her third and final marriage was to horticulturist Harold Patterson in June 1947. Mackaill filed for divorce in December 1948. She had no children from any of the marriages.


Mackaill died of kidney failure in Honolulu on August 12, 1990, aged 87. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea off of Waikiki beach.


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