Doris Kenyon
(09/05/1897 - 09/01/1979)

Doris Kenyon was a star of motion pictures and television.

She grew up in Syracuse, New York, where her family had a home at 1805 Harrison Street. Her father, Dr. James B. Kenyon, was a Methodist Episcopal Church minister at University Church. Kenyon studied at Packer College Institute and later at Columbia University. She sang in the choirs of Grace Presbyterian and Bushwick Methodist Churches in Brooklyn, New York.

Her voice attracted the attention of Broadway theatrical scouts who enticed her to become a performer on the stage. She first appeared in the Victor Herbert operetta Princess Pat.

In 1917 she made her first film, A Girl's Folly, with World Film Company of Fort Lee, New Jersey. One of the most remembered films of her early career is Monsieur Beaucaire (1924). In this production she starred opposite Rudolph Valentino.

She was with Paramount Pictures for the studio's first dramatic, all-talking movie, Intereference, in 1928. This pairing with William Powell followed her appearance in The Thief of Paradise (1928), with Ronald Colman.

Kenyon was cast opposite actor George Arliss in three films. These are Alexander Hamilton (1931), Voltaire (1933), and Whom The Gods Destroy (1934). She particpated in Counsellor at Law (1933) with John Barrymore. In the autumn of 1935 Doris appeared with Ramon Navarro in the play, A Royal Miscarriage, in London, England, in the fall of 1935.

After fifty movies, Kenyon's picture career ended with a cameo in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939).

Kenyon continued her acting career in television in the 1950s. She was cast in episodes of The Secret Storm (1954), Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, All Our Yesterdays (1958), and 77 Sunset Strip.

Available Films

A Girl's Folly (1917)

The Great White Trail (1917)

Monsieur Beaucaire (1924)

Burning Daylight (1928)