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Dorothy Janis
Born February 19, 1910(1910-02-19)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Died March 10, 2010 (aged 100)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1928–1930
Spouse(s) Wayne King (March 21, 1932 – July 16, 1985; his death)

Dorothy Janis (February 19, 1910 – March 10, 2010[1]) was a American silent film actress.

Born in Dallas, Texas, her short film career began when she was visiting a cousin, who was working on a film for Fox Film Corporation in 1927. Her beauty was noticed at once and she was asked to make a screen test. Janis went on to make five films: four silents and one talkie.

The one talkie was Lummox (1930) based on the Fannie Hurst novel. This film, released by United Artists, only exists as a single nitrate print at the British Film Institute.[2] Janis was best known for playing opposite Ramon Novarro in the MGM film The Pagan (1929), for which MGM publicity portrayed her as half-Cherokee. The Pagan, directed by W. S. Van Dyke, was a part-sound film, with music and sound effects only, and featured "Pagan Love Song" on the soundtrack.

She retired in 1930 and married bandleader Wayne King in 1932. The vice president of the Music Corporation of America, W. H. Stein, was best man. Stein, as agent for King, reportedly collected $2,000 from King, a forfeit for violation of an agreement he made in 1930 that denied marriage before 40. Janis and King were happily married for 53 years, until King's death in 1985.[3]

Dorothy sailed from the Philippines to Vancouver, British Columbia onboard the Empress of Canada on October 25, 1930. This ship would later be torpedoed and sunk during World War II with the loss of nearly 400 people.

She lived in Paradise Valley, Arizona from 2004 up until her death on March 10, 2010 at the age of 100.


  • Kit Carson (1928)
  • Fleetwing (1928)
  • The Overland Telegraph (1929)
  • The Pagan (1929)
  • Lummox (1930)


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