Dorothy Layton (Dorothy Ann Wannenwetsch)

Dorothy Layton

Dorothy Layton (August 13, 1912 – June 4, 2009) was an American film actress of the early 1930s. Born as Dorothy Ann Wannenwetsch in Cincinnati, Ohio, Layton was selected as one of the “WAMPAS Baby Stars” for 1932.  In 1929 she went to California for a short visit and ended up staying; soon dating well-connected Hollywood lawyer Roger Marchetti, she was able to obtain screen-tests and skilled help with her make-up and gowns. Layton had a promising acting career and starred in eight films in 1932 and 1933, notably appearing several times with Laurel and Hardy. She appeared in the films Chickens Come Home (1931), The Chimp (1932), County Hospital (1932), and Pack Up Your Troubles (1932). The only film she made of any prominence, however, was Pick-Up (1933), which starred George Raft and Sylvia Sidney. A cute blonde, she is remembered as the female ‘stooge’ of a number of Laurel and Hardy comedies from the early 1930s.   Her career fizzled after that film, and never really took off again. By 1935 she retired altogether from acting. Dorothy Layton married businessman Howard Taylor, was entertainment director for a Maryland health care facility prior to her 1977 retirement, was an avid gardener, and kept her good looks into advanced years.  Layton eventually moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she met and married Howard W. Taylor, Jr., a Baltimore businessman. The marriage ended in divorce. The couple had two children. Dorothy Layton died on June 4, 2009, at a retirement home in Towson, Maryland, aged 96.

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  • August, 13, 1912
  • USA
  • Cincinnati, Ohio


  • June, 04, 2009
  • USA
  • Towson, Maryland


  • Cremated

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