Dorothy Donnelly

Dorothy Donnelly
Dorothy Donnelly
Born January 28, 1880
New York City, New York
Died January 3, 1928
New York City, New York
Occupation actress
Years active 1898-1928

Dorothy Donnelly (January 28, 1880 - January 3, 1928) was a stage actress, playwright, producer, librettist, and lyricist. She made famous the play Madame X on the Broadway stage in 1910 and in a 1916 silent film, the first filming of the story. She is the subject of a 1999 book by Lorraine McLean Dorothy Donnelly: A Life in the Theatre.

Donnelly's parents were Thomas Lester Donnelly, manager of the Grand Opera House in New York, and his wife Sarah (nee Williams). Donnelly attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York.[1] [2]

Donnelly was born in New York City where she died. She never married,[3] but did collaborate with composer Sigmund Romberg on a number of musicals, including, most famously, The Student Prince.

Selected Works

(actress in films)

  • The Thief (1914)
  • Sealed Valley (1915)
  • Madame X (1916)


  1. ^ Who Was Who in the Theatre 1912-1976; originally published annually by John Parker, 1976 edition by Gale Research
  2. ^ Dorothy Donnelly at database
  3. ^ Dorothy Donnelly: A Life in the Theatre by Lorraine McLean

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