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Also Known As: Dorothy D Rosher, Dorothy Rosher, Dorothy Rosher Died: August 10, 2000
Born: July 10, 1914 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Porterville, California, USA Profession: actor, stationery store owner

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A child performer who made the transition to adult roles before retiring after her second marriage, Joan Marsh appeared as a blonde bombshell in comedies of the 1930s and 40s. The daughter of noted cinematographer Charles Rosher, she began her acting career as a toddler (billed under her real name of Dorothy Rosher) appearing alongside Mary Pickford in such silent classics as "The Little Princess" (1917), "Daddy Long Legs" (1919) and "Pollyanna" (1920).Although many a silent player did not make the successful transition to talkies, Marsh was one of the lucky ones. Petite with delicate features and platinum hair, she also possessed a lilting voice and was signed by Universal as an adult. Although she played prominent secondary parts and occasional leads, Marsh never quite achieved true stardom. Still, she remained active for much of the 30s, often playing chorines with names like Toots, Cuddles and Dimples. There were also the rare dramatic roles as in "Anna Karenina" (1935) but they were relatively few. Divorced from screenwriter Charles Belden, Marsh married John D.W. Morrill in 1943 and retired from the screen the following year. There was a brief flurry of interest in her when archival clips of...

A child performer who made the transition to adult roles before retiring after her second marriage, Joan Marsh appeared as a blonde bombshell in comedies of the 1930s and 40s. The daughter of noted cinematographer Charles Rosher, she began her acting career as a toddler (billed under her real name of Dorothy Rosher) appearing alongside Mary Pickford in such silent classics as "The Little Princess" (1917), "Daddy Long Legs" (1919) and "Pollyanna" (1920).

Although many a silent player did not make the successful transition to talkies, Marsh was one of the lucky ones. Petite with delicate features and platinum hair, she also possessed a lilting voice and was signed by Universal as an adult. Although she played prominent secondary parts and occasional leads, Marsh never quite achieved true stardom. Still, she remained active for much of the 30s, often playing chorines with names like Toots, Cuddles and Dimples. There were also the rare dramatic roles as in "Anna Karenina" (1935) but they were relatively few. Divorced from screenwriter Charles Belden, Marsh married John D.W. Morrill in 1943 and retired from the screen the following year. There was a brief flurry of interest in her when archival clips of her appeared in the compilation film "That's Entertainment" (1974), but she remained content operating a successful stationery business in Southern California.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Follow the Leader (1944) Milly [McGinnis]
2.
 Keep 'Em Slugging (1943) Lola Leverne
3.
 Mr. Muggs Steps Out (1943) Brenda [Morgan]
5.
 Police Bullets (1942) Donna Wells
6.
 The Man in the Trunk (1942) Yvonne Duvalle
7.
 Road to Zanzibar (1941) Dimples
8.
 Fast and Loose (1939) Bobby Neville
9.
 Idiot's Delight (1939) Elaine
10.
 The Lady Objects (1938) June Lane
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1917:
Acted alongside Mary Pickford in "The Little Princess"; billed as Dorothy Rosher; father was the cameraman
1919:
Again appeared with Pickford in "Daddy Long Legs"
1920:
Co-starred in "Pollyanna"
1920:
Last major film part for ten years, "Thou Art the Man"
1930:
First screen credit as Joan Marsh, "Little Accident"
1944:
Final film, "Follow the Leader"
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Notes

Marsh reportedly had the tiniest feet -- size 2AAA -- in Hollywood.

Her father Charles Rosher was sentenced to jail term in 1938 for failure to pay child support for Joan Marsh stemming from a July 1936 court case; Rosher stopped paying support for Marsh when she turned 18 because (he claimed) she was self-supporting as an actress, earning $100,000 a year.

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husband:
Charles Belden. Screenwriter. Divorced.
husband:
John D W Morrill. Married in 1943.

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father:
Charles Rosher. Director of photography.
mother:
Lolita Rosher.
brother:
Charles Rosher Jr.
son:
Langdon Williams Morrill. Born on January 19, 1954.
son:
Jonathan H Morrill. Born on February 25, 1956.
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