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Dorothy MacKaye

( b. May 08, 1899 SCOTLAND - d. Jan 05, 1940 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Female
Relations: Mother of Mimi Kelly
Wife of Ray Raymond (1921? - April 16, 1927) his death
Wife of Paul Kelly (1931 - 1940) her death

In 1921, Mackaye met Ray Raymond while performing in "Blue Eyes". Raymond dumped his wife, they married, and acted in vaudeville and on Broadway.

In the late 1920’s, they headed to LA with their 4-year-old daughter, Valerie to cash in on the Talkies.

The Raymonds were part of a fast-moving, heavy-drinking crowd that included actor Paul Kelly. Soon, Kelly and Mackaye developed a habit of sneaking off together until dawn. Raymond warned Kelly to stay away from his wife. But Kelly showered Mackaye with love notes and finally declared his love for Mackaye to Raymond.

On April 16, 1927, a drunk Kelly confronted a drunk Raymond in front of the Raymonds’ maid and daughter. According to the maid, Raymond was no match for Kelly who bashed Raymond's head against a wall until he fell unconscious. Mackaye arrived home to tuck her groggy husband into bed. The next morning, Mackaye called a friend, Dr. Walter Sullivan, who sat at Raymond's bed while she visited Kelly. Raymond lingered for two days then succumbed to a brain hemorrhage. Mackaye tried to convince police that Raymond had died of natural causes. But the maid told the truth. Kelly was charged with first-degree murder, Mackaye with felony coverup.

The trial was a national spectacle. Mackaye denied the affair, but the actor's houseboy confirmed their trysts and the police found a stack of Kelly's love letters found tucked in her mattress. Kelly admitted his love and tried to portray the fight as a duel, not a murder. But the jury handed down a manslaughter conviction. Kelly got one to 10 years, Mackaye one to three for the coverup. She served less than 10 months, Kelly just over two years.

In 1931, they got married and were back on Broadway. Then they returned to California, where they raised Valerie Raymond as Mimi Kelly, who would later have her own modest Broadway career.

Mackaye wrote a play, "Women in Prison," based on her own experiences, that became a 1933 film, "Ladies They Talk About," with Barbara Stanwyck.

She died in 1940, at age 40, when she rolled her car while driving home one night.

ProductionsDate of Productions
Cold in Sables
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Lilly La Mar]
Dec 23, 1931 - Jan 1932
Ladies of Creation
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Idora Day]
Sep 08, 1931 - Nov 07, 1931
Song of the Flame
[Musical, Opera, Romance, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Grusha]
Dec 30, 1925 - Jul 10, 1926
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Lady Jane]
Sep 02, 1924 - Jan 16, 1926
What's Your Wife Doing?
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Beatrice Skinner]
Oct 01, 1923 - Dec 1923
Mike Angelo
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Carlotta Swift]
Jan 08, 1923 - Feb 1923
It's a Boy!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Phyllis Blake]
Sep 19, 1922 - Nov 1922
Getting Gertie's Garter
[Play, Farce, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Pattie Walrick]
Aug 01, 1921 - Nov 1921
Seeing Things
[Play, Farce, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Olive Adair]
Jun 17, 1920 - Sep 1920
Head Over Heels
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Miss Muriel Sterling]
Aug 29, 1918 - Nov 23, 1918
The Very Idea
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Dorothy MacKaye [Edith Goodhue]
Aug 09, 1917 - Dec 1917
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