This article was written by Cathy Horton.
“Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director during the “Golden Age” of Hollywood’s studio system during the 1920s, 30s and early 40s and the woman director with the largest oeuvre in Hollywood to this day, was born on January 3, 1897 (some sources put the year as 1900) in San Francisco, California to a German-American father and a Scots mother.
Raised in Los Angeles, her parents ran a café in L.A. featuring German cuisine that was frequented by silent film stars including the superstars Charlie Chaplin’ and ‘William S. Hart and director Erich von Stroheim. Working as a waitress at her parents’ restaurant, no one could have foreseen at the time that Arzner would be one of the few woman to break the glass-ceiling of directing, and the only to work during the early Sound era.”
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