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Dorothy Revier

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Dorothy Revier
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Revier in 1929
Doris Velegra

(1904-04-18)April 18, 1904
San Francisco, California, U.S.
DiedNovember 19, 1993(1993-11-19) (aged 89)
Years active1921–1936
Spouse(s)Harry Revier (?–1926)
William Pelayo (1950–1964)

Dorothy Revier (born Doris Velegra;[1] April 18, 1904 – November 19, 1993) was an American actress.

Early years

Born in San Francisco[2] on April 18, 1904,[3] Dorothy Revier was a child of the famous Valerga (her real last name) family of the Bay Area. Antionette, an opera singer at the Genoa Opera House, and her violinist husband Ricardo came to San Francisco in 1849 for the Gold Rush.[citation needed] She had four siblings.[3]

Revier was educated in the public schools of Oakland before going to New York City to study classical dancing. Later she went to Paris, France, to study.[citation needed]


Dorothy Revier c.1930
Dorothy Revier c.1930

Revier danced with a Russian ballet company on tour, but homesickness brought her back to San Francisco, where she became the featured dancer at Tait's Cafe.[4] She was discovered by a talent agent while working in a cabaret[1] and signed to a film contract by Harry Cohn.[5]

She made her film debut in The Broadway Madonna (1922),[1] and was active throughout the 1920s, playing in The Virgin (1924), The Supreme Test (1923), An Enemy of Men (1925), The Far Cry (1926), Cleopatra (1928), Tanned Legs (1929) and The Iron Mask (1929). After recovering from two broken arms suffered in a 1930 car accident, she played roles in low-budget films for Columbia Pictures. In 1935 she played the role of a saloon girl in Paramount Pictures' second Hopalong Cassidy film, The Eagle's Brood, working alongside William Boyd. In many films she appeared as a vamp, and she later worked as a free-lance performer in Buck Jones westerns such as Lovable Liar (1933). The Cowboy and the Kid (1936) was her final film.

Personal life

Revier was married to director Harry J. Revier, and to commercial artist William Pelayo. Both marriages ended in divorce.[1]

A resident of West Hollywood, Revier died at the age of 89, at the Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center,[1] and was interred at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles area, buried under the simple marker of name and dates, marked with the lone inscription, "Beloved Actress."[6]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ a b c d e "Dorothy Revier Dead; Silent-Film Actress, 89". The New York Times. Associated Press. November 25, 1993. p. D 19. ProQuest 109149670. Retrieved April 14, 2021 – via ProQuest.
  2. ^ "The WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1925". Wireless Age: The Radio Magazine. 12 (6): 30–31. 1925. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (May 20, 2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 320. ISBN 978-1-4766-0905-8. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Brownlow, Kevin (November 27, 1993). "Perfect Beauty from Poverty Row". The Guardian. England, London. p. 30. Retrieved April 14, 2021 – via
  5. ^ George, Harry (January 25, 1931). "Up From Poverty Row". The Times Dispatch. Virginia, Richmond. p. 33. Retrieved April 14, 2021 – via
  6. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons (3rd ed.). McFarland. p. 624.
  • Fresno, California Bee Republican, "Louella Parsons Column", February 1, 1933, Page 4.
  • Oakland, California Tribune, "Mother Wife In Oakland Maid's Bigamy Tangle", February 23, 1923, Page 15.
  • Oakland Tribune, "Oakland Girl Screen Star", Sunday, June 10, 1923, Page 12-A.
  • Oakland Tribune, "In New Hall of Fame", Thursday evening, November 10, 1935, Page B25.

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