Doris Deane

Doris Deane

Wisconsin, USA
Death 24 Mar 1974 (aged 73)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section 10, #1316 (unmarked)
Memorial ID 10506978 · View Source
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Silent movie actress. Her most notable roles were in the silent films “His First Car” and “Stupid, But Brave” in 1924 and “Dynamite Doggie” in 1925. She also received much notoriety as the second wife of comedic actor, writer and director Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. She first met Arbuckle on a ship, “the Harvard”, in 1921. While photos of her with Jack Dempsey, the world’s heavyweight champion, were in the newspapers as a couple, Arbuckle’s acquittal for the rape and murder of a young actress made the April 12, 1922 headlines. Arbuckle’s first wife filed for divorce in November 2, 1923. After the separation from his first wife, they started dating, and by December 1924, the couple had announced their engagement. They had a much publicized wedding on May 16, 1925 at her mother’s San Marino, California home with actor Buster Keaton as best man. A large reception with hundreds of guests followed. With the negative publicity of her husband’s trial and the cancellation of his studio contract, his acting career was in shambles. At this point, to make a living, her husband went behind the camera to be the writer and director of most of her short films while he used the pseudonym of “William Goodrich”. As a tall and slender brunette beauty, her first movie was “His Vampy Ways” in 1919. This was followed with Universal Studio’s “Shark Master” and “The Secret Four” in 1921; “The Half Breed” in 1922; and “Easter Bonnets” in 1923. As an unnamed girl, she had small parts in two of Buster Keaton’s movies, “Sherlock Junior” in 1924 and “Seven Chances” in 1925. Also in 1924, she was in “Lovemania” and the next year 1925 in “The Iron Mule”. Although Arbuckle was at one time a famous millionaire actor, he was in near financial ruins during their marriage. In 1928, she sued for divorce which was granted along with alimony until she remarried. She appeared in one more of Arbuckle’s films in 1931, “Marriage Rows”. In 1932, she was married an Ohio native, World War I veteran, and banker, Elmer Sebastian Hartz, and by 1934 divorced him. Born as Doris Anita Dibble, she was the only child of Charles Dibble and Martha Hoff. Her name was spelled “Dorris” in the credits on a couple of her films; sources also stated that these credits may have been an error since she spelled her name on other documents as “Doris”. She was listed in 1920 in the city directory of South Pasadena, California in her parent’s household as “Doris”; in 1938 the city directory of Los Angeles has her as actress “Doris Dibble” living with her widowed mother; and her death certificate documents that “Doris A. Dibble” and “Doris Deane” were the same person. She appeared in the June 1950 episode “The Citadel” on the TV series “Robert Montgomery Presents”. In the comedy “The Four Crowns”, she appeared in the archived footage from the 1920s that was used in this 1970 film. Although she appeared in a total of fifteen movies, her name was not listed in all of the fifteen movie credits. She resided at 501 North Curson in Hollywood for years, and the home still stands with a hedged wall protecting it. Toward the end of her life, she lived in near poverty in a small apartment in Los Angeles; her grave site is unmarked.

Bio by: Linda Davis

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