Dorothy Revier (Dorothy Revier)

Dorothy Revier

Dorothy Revier (April 18, 1904 – November 19, 1993) was an American actress. She 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 and was discovered by a talent agent while working in a cabaret. She made her film debut in The Broadway Madonna (1922), 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. Often she appeared as a femme fatale, 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. 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. Their 11 children ended up to be founding performing members of the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Tivoli Opera. Revier father among the 11 children. Her sister Gladys was a screenwriter for RKO. Dorothy was married three times, to the director, Harry J. Revier, and then to Charles Johnson, and finally to a commercial artist, William Pelayo. All three marriages ended in divorce. A resident of West Hollywood, Revier died at the age of 89, at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, 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.”

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  • April, 18, 1904
  • USA
  • Oakland, California


  • November, 19, 1993
  • USA
  • Hollywood, California


  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
  • Los Angeles, California
  • USA

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