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Dorothy Arzner (January 3, 1897 – October 1, 1979)

Dorothy Arzner, born Dorothy Emma Arzner, was an American film director whose career in feature films spanned from the silent era of the late 1920s into the early 1940s.
Born: January 3, 1897, San Francisco, California, United States
Died: October 1, 1979, La Quinta, California, United States
Education: University of Southern California
Lived: 2249 Mountain Oak Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA (34.11136, -118.30977)

Dorothy Arzner was an American film director. Her directorial career in feature films spanned from the late 1920s into the early 1940s. Throughout that time, she was the only woman working in the field. She lived much of her life with her companion, choreographer Marion Morgan. They met in 1927 on the set of Fashions for Women, Azner the director, Morgan hired to choreograph the film tableaus. The Arzner-Morgan House was built in 1930 by architect W.C. Tanner for Arzner and Morgan. The home is about 3600 square feet and features three bedrooms and three bathrooms and beautifully terraced gardens designed by famed landscape duo Florence Yoch and Lucile Council (partners as well). Arzner and Morgan lived there together for more than 40 years, until Miss Morgan died in 1971. Arzner died aged 82, in La Quinta, California. R.M. Vaughan's 2000 play, Camera, Woman depicts the last days of Arzner's career. According to the play, Harry Cohn fired her over a kiss scene between Merle Oberon and fictitious actress Rose Lindstrom.
Together from 1927 to 1971: 44 years.
Dorothy Arzner (January 3, 1897 – October 1, 1979)
Marion Morgan (January 4, 1881 – November 10, 1971)



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Ona Munson was an American actress perhaps best known for her portrayal of prostitute Belle Watling in Gone with the Wind (1939). When David O. Selznick was casting his production Gone with the Wind, he first announced that Mae West was to play Belle, but this was a publicity stunt. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. Munson herself was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: freckled and of slight build. Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of Gone with the Wind; for the remainder of her career, she was typecast in similar roles. Two years later, she played a huge role as another madam, albeit a Chinese one, in Josef von Sternberg's film noir The Shanghai Gesture. Her last film was The Red House, released in 1947. She was married three times, to actor and director Edward Buzzell in 1926, to Stewart McDonald in 1941, and designer Eugene Berman in 1949. These have been termed "lavender" marriages, in that they were intended to conceal her bisexuality and her affairs with women, including filmmaker Dorothy Arzner and playwright Mercedes de Acosta. Munson has been listed as a member of a group called the "Sewing circle", a clique of lesbians organized by actress Alla Nazimova. In 1955, plagued by ill health, she committed suicide at the age of 51 with an overdose of barbiturates in her apartment in New York. A note found next to her deathbed read, "This is the only way I know to be free again...Please don't follow me.“
Dorothy Arzner (January 3, 1897 – October 1, 1979)
Ona Munson (June 16, 1903 – February 11, 1955)



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A Greek temple villa designed for film director Dorothy Arzner and her lifelong companion, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan. The original gardens were designed by the distinguished Southern Californa lanscape architect Florence Yoch, with "elaborate horticultural layouts" i.e. hanging gardens. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, the residence was last on the market in 2012 for $3,495,000.
Address: 2249 Mountain Oak Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA (34.11136, -118.30977)
Type: Private Property
Place
Built in 1930, Design by W. C. Tanner
For over twenty years, this Greek Revival-style residence in Los Feliz was home to Dorothy Arzner, a pioneering film director and one of the most prominent lesbians working in Hollywood before WWII. Arzner was very open about her sexuality and was infamous for pursuing and having affairs with the actresses in her films. She was one of the most successful and well-known openly queer women in Hollywood of her time. For the last forty years of her life, Arzner lived with her partner, modern dance choreographer Marion Morgan. The couple resided in the Los Feliz home from 1930 to 1951. Arzner passed away in 1979. The building was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) in 1986.
Life
Who: Dorothy Arzner (January 3, 1897 – October 1, 1979) and Marion Morgan (1881–1971)
In 1919, Dorothy Arzner enrolled at the University of Southern California as a medical student. She served as an ambulance driver during WWI. Her career path changed when she was hired by William de Mille as a typist in the Paramount Pictures script department. Arzner eventually rose through the ranks to become a highly regarded editor, yet her career stalled in the late 1920s. In 1927, she leveraged an employment offer from Harry Cohn at Columbia Pictures, threatening B. P. Shulberg (then head of Paramount) to leave the studio if he didn’t let her direct. She remained with Paramount until 1932. In 1936, Arzner became the first woman to join the Directors Guild of America. Over the course of her career, she directed popular films such as “First Comes Courage”; “Dance, Girl, Dance”; “The Bride Wore Red”; and “Honor Among Lovers.” Her films often featured strong feminist and lesbian undertones and themes. She is credited for launching the careers of actresses including Lucille Ball, Katharine Hepburn, and Rosalind Russell. In 1943, she stopped working on feature-length films and began directing television and military training films. She also became a professor at UCLA’s film school, where her graduate students included well-known directors such as Francis Ford Coppola.



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