Publicity photo of Dove from The Blue Book of the Screen (1923)
May 14, 1903
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 31, 1997 94) (aged|
|Other names||Lillian Bohny|
|Years active||1921–1932 (brief reappearance in 1962)|
|Spouse(s)|| Irvin Willat |
(m.1933–1970; his death); 2 children
(m.1973–1997; her death)
Lillian Bohny (born Bertha Bohny; May 14, 1903 – December 31, 1997), professionally known as Billie Dove, was an American actress.
Dove was born Bertha Bohny in 1903 to Charles and Bertha (née Kagl) Bohny, Swiss immigrants. As a teen, she worked as a model to help support her family and was hired as a teenager by Florenz Ziegfeld to appear in his Ziegfeld Follies Revue. She legally changed her name to Lillian Bohny in the early 1920s and moved to Hollywood, where she began appearing in silent films. She soon became one of the more popular actresses of the 1920s, appearing in Douglas Fairbanks' smash hit Technicolor film The Black Pirate (1926), as Rodeo West in The Painted Angel (1929), and The American Beauty (1927).
The Ziegfeld Follies was a series of elaborate theatrical revue productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 to 1931, with renewals in 1934 and 1936. They became a radio program in 1932 and 1936 as The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.
Douglas Fairbanks was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. He was best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films including The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro but spent the early part of his career making comedies.
Technicolor is a series of color motion picture processes, the first version dating to 1916, and followed by improved versions over several decades.
She married Irvin Willat, the director of her seventh film, in 1923. The two divorced in 1929. Dove had a legion of male fans, one of her more persistent was Howard Hughes. She had a three-year romance with Hughes and was engaged to marry him, but she ended the relationship.
Irvin V. Willat was an American film director of the silent film era. He directed 39 films between 1917 and 1937. Early in his career Willat worked as a cinematographer on several films. His older brother Edwin Willat (1882–1950) was cinematographer on several silent films.
Howard Robard Hughes Jr. was an American business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. He first became prominent as a film producer, and then as an influential figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain from a near-fatal plane crash, and increasing deafness.
Hughes cast her as a comedian in his film Cock of the Air (1932). She also appeared in his movie The Age for Love (1931).
She was also a pilot, poet, and painter.
Following her last film Blondie of the Follies (1932), Dove retired from the screen to be with her family. She married wealthy oil executive Robert Alan Kenaston in 1933, a marriage that lasted for 37 years until his death in 1970. The couple had a son, Robert Alan Kenaston, Jr., who married actress Claire Kelly and died in 1995 from cancer, and an adopted daughter, Gail who briefly married media mogul Merv Adelson.Billie Dove later had a brief third marriage to architect John Miller, which ended in divorce in the 1970s.
Blondie of the Follies is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Edmund Goulding and written by Anita Loos and Frances Marion.
Claire Kelly was an American actress.
Mervyn Lee "Merv" Adelson was an American real estate developer and television producer who co-founded Lorimar Television.
Aside from a cameo in Diamond Head (1963), Dove never returned to the movies. She spent her retirement years in Rancho Mirage before moving into the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California where she died of pneumonia on New Year's Eve 1997, aged 94.
Diamond Head is a 1963 Eastmancolor drama romance film starring Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, George Chakiris, and James Darren, directed by Guy Green, and released by Columbia Pictures. The original music score was composed by John Williams, Hugo Winterhalter composed the theme, and Darren sang the title song. The soundtrack album was released by Colpix Records. It was released on compact disc in 2006 by Film Score Monthly paired with Lalo Schifrin'sGone with the Wave
The Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital is a retirement community, with individual cottages, and a fully licensed, acute-care hospital, located at 23388 Mulholland Drive in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California. It is a service of the Motion Picture & Television Fund ("MPTF"), and provides services for members of the motion picture and television industry.
Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung affecting primarily the small air sacs known as alveoli. Typically symptoms include some combination of productive or dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Severity is variable.
She is interred in the Freedom Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Glendale.
Dove has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6351 Hollywood Blvd. Jazz singer Billie Holiday took her professional pseudonym from Dove as an admirer of the actress.
|1921||Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford||Dorothy Wells||presumed lost|
|At the Stage Door||Mary Mathews||presumed lost|
|1922||Polly of the Follies||Alysia Potter||presumed lost|
|Beyond the Rainbow||Marion Taylor|
|Youth to Youth||Eve Allison||presumed lost|
|One Week of Love||Bathing Party Guest||uncredited|
|1923||All the Brothers Were Valiant||Priscilla Holt||incomplete; Filmmuseum Nederlands|
|Madness of Youth||Nanette Benning||presumed lost|
|Soft Boiled||The Girl|
|The Lone Star Ranger||Helen Longstreth||presumed lost|
|The Thrill Chaser||Olala Ussan||extant; UCLA Film and TV, four out of five reels|
|1924||On Time||Helen Hendon||presumed lost|
|Try and Get It||Rhoda Perrin||presumed lost|
|Yankee Madness||Dolores||presumed lost|
|Wanderer of the Wasteland||Ruth Virey||lost|
|The Roughneck||Felicity Arden||presumed lost|
|The Folly of Vanity||Alice|
|1925||The Air Mail||Alice Rendon||incomplete at Library of Congress|
|The Light of Western Stars||Madeleine Hammond||lost|
|Wild Horse Mesa||Sue Melberne|
|The Lucky Horseshoe||Eleanor Hunt||presumed lost|
|The Fighting Heart||Doris Anderson||lost|
|The Ancient Highway||Antoinette St. Ives||lost|
|1926||The Black Pirate||Princess Isobel|
|The Lone Wolf Returns||Marcia Mayfair|
|The Marriage Clause||Sylvia Jordan||incomplete at Library of Congress|
|Kid Boots||Eleanore Belmore|
|1927||An Affair of the Follies||Tamara||lost|
|Sensation Seekers||Luena "Egypt" Hagen|
|The Tender Hour||Marcia Kane|
|The Stolen Bride||Sari|
|The American Beauty||Millicent Howard||lost|
|The Love Mart||Antoinette Frobelle||lost|
|1928||The Heart of a Follies Girl||Teddy O'Day||presumed lost|
|Yellow Lily||Judith Peredy|
|Night Watch||Yvonne Corlaix|
|The Man and the Moment||Joan Winslow|
|Her Private Life||Lady Helen Haden|
|The Painted Angel||Mammie Hudler||lost; Vitaphone track survives|
|1930||The Other Tomorrow||Edith Larrison||lost|
|A Notorious Affair||Patricia Hanley|
|Sweethearts and Wives||Femme de Chambre|
|One Night at Susie's||Mary Martin|
|1931||The Lady Who Dared||Margaret Townsend|
|The Age for Love||Jean Hurt||lost|
|1932||Cock of the Air||Lili de Rosseau|
|Blondie of the Follies||Lottie|
|1962||Diamond Head||Herself||Cameo role|
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