|Was||Actor Stage actor Film actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||26 April 1903, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA|
|Death||8 April 1957, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, USA (aged 53 years)|
Dorothy Sebastian (born Stella Dorothy Sabiston; April 26, 1903 – April 8, 1957) was an American film and stage actress.
Sebastian was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Lycurgus (Lawrence) Robert and Stella Armstrong Sabiston. After leaving Alabama and starting a career on the stage, she changed the spelling of her name to Sebastian.
In her youth, she aspired to be a dancer and a film actress. Her family frowned on both ambitions, however, so she fled to New York at the age of 15. Upon her arrival in New York City, Sebastian's southern drawl was thick enough to "cut with a knife". She followed around theatrical agents before returning at night to a $12-a-month room, after being consistently rejected.
Before appearing in films, Sebastian performed onstage in the musical revue, George White's Scandals. Her first contact in Hollywood was Robert Kane, who gave her a film test at United Studios. She co-starred with Joan Crawford and Anita Page in a popular series of MGM romantic dramas, including Our Dancing Daughters (1928) and Our Blushing Brides (1930). Sebastian appeared in 1929's Spite Marriage, where she was cast opposite the then-married Buster Keaton, with whom she began an affair.
MGM released Sebastian in 1930; her last film for the studio was a short subject starring the young Jack Benny. Harry Cohn of then-low-budgeted Columbia Pictures seized on Sebastian's availability by signing her to a Columbia contract; Cohn welcomed any former MGM players for their name value. Columbia released Sebastian after one year and she began freelancing, mostly at low-budget independent studios. Her most familiar appearance in sound films is probably in Allez Oop (1934), a short comedy produced by Educational Pictures that reunited her with Buster Keaton.
In 1930 Sebastian married outdoor-adventure star William Boyd (the future Hopalong Cassidy). After their 1936 divorce, she returned to acting, appearing in mostly bit parts. Her last onscreen appearance was in the 1948 film The Miracle of the Bells.
Sebastian co-wrote the ballad "The Leaves Mustn't Fall" with Jack Kenney.
While still in Birmingham, Sebastian married her high-school sweetheart, Allen Stafford, on November 9, 1920. The marriage ended four years later just before she moved to New York.
Sebastian married actor William Boyd in December 1930 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They began a relationship after meeting on the set of His First Command in 1929. They divorced in 1936.
In 1947, Sebastian married Miami Beach businessman Harold Shapiro, to whom she remained married until her death.
On November 7, 1938, Sebastian was found guilty of drunk driving in a Beverly Hills, California Justice Court. The night she was arrested, she had been dining at Buster Keaton's home with her nephew. She was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and paid a fine of $75.
In 1940, Sebastian was denied an award of $10,000 from a San Diego court. She had appeared at a Red Cross benefit in San Francisco in 1937, and failed to pay her hotel bill. She contended the promoter for the event should have paid the bill. An employee of the Plaza Hotel took out the suit, charging "defrauding an innkeeper." The State Supreme Court of California reversed the lower court's decision, which had awarded her the money on grounds of malicious prosecution.
Death and legacy
On April 8, 1957, Sebastian died of cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. She was several weeks shy of her 54th birthday. She is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Sebastian has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6655 Hollywood Boulevard. It was dedicated on February 8, 1960.
|1925||Bluebeard's Seven Wives||Gilda La Bray|
|1925||Sackcloth and Scarlet||Polly Freeman||Lost film|
|1925||Why Women Love||Pearl||Lost film|
|1925||Winds of Chance||Laura|
|1926||Torrent||Woman in Audience||Uncredited|
|1926||You'd Be Surprised||Ruth Whitman|
|1927||The Show||Salvation Army Worker||Uncredited|
|1927||On Ze Boulevard||Gaby de Sylva|
|1927||The Isle of Forgotten Women||Marua|
|1927||Slide, Kelly, Slide||Train Passenger||Uncredited|
|1927||California||Carlotta del Rey|
|1927||Twelve Miles Out||Chiquita|
|1927||Tea for Three||Annette|
|1927||The Arizona Wildcat||Regina Schyler|
|1927||Love||Spectator Extra at Races||Uncredited|
|1927||The Haunted Ship||Goldie Kane|
|1928||Our Dancing Daughters||Beatrice|
|1928||Show People||Dorothy Sebastian||Uncredited|
|1928||A Woman of Affairs||Constance|
|1928||The House of Scandal||Ann Rourke|
|1928||Wyoming||Samantha Jerusha Farrell|
|1928||The Adventurer||Dolores de Silva|
|1929||Spite Marriage||Trilby Drew|
|1929||His First Command||Judy Gaylord|
|1929||Morgan's Last Raid||Judith Rogers|
|1929||The Devil's Apple Tree||Dorothy Ryan|
|1929||The Spirit of Youth||Betty Grant|
|1929||The Single Standard||Mercedes|
|1929||The Unholy Night||Lady Efra Cavender||Alternative title: The Green Ghost|
|1930||Montana Moon||Elizabeth "Lizzie" Prescott|
|1930||Officer O'Brien||Ruth Dale|
|1930||Free and Easy||Dorothy Sebastian - Actress in Cave Scene|
|1930||Our Blushing Brides||Francine Daniels|
|1930||The Rounder||Ethel Dalton||MGM short, costarring Jack Benny.|
|1930||Ladies Must Play||Norma Blake|
|1930||The Utah Kid||Jennie Lee|
|1931||The Big Gamble||Beverly|
|1931||The Deceiver||Ina Fontanne|
|1931||The Lightning Flyer||Rose Rogers|
|1931||Ships of Hate||Grace Walsh|
|1932||They Never Come Back||Adele Landon|
|1933||Ship of Wanted Men||Irene Reynolds|
|1934||The Life of Vergie Winters||Lulu|
|1937||The Mysterious Pilot||Jean McNain|
|1939||The Arizona Kid||Bess Warren|
|1939||Days of Jesse James||Zerilda James|
|1939||Rough Riders' Round-up||Rose|
|1939||The Women||Saleswoman Pat|
|1941||Among the Living||Woman in Cafe|
|1941||Kansas Cyclone||Helen King|
|1942||True to the Army||Gloria||Uncredited|
|1942||Reap the Wild Wind||Guest at Ball||Uncredited|
|1945||George White's Scandals||Gloria||Uncredited|
|1948||The Miracle of the Bells||Miss Katie Orwin||Uncredited|