According to Alt Film Guide and other websites, actress Dorothy Janis has died. Janis was widely regarded as one of the last living actors who had at least one major adult role in a silent film. Janis was thought to be 100 years old, and was the widow of the once popular bandleader Wayne King (known as the "Waltz King").
Janis, pictured right, was photographed by Ruth Harriet Louise in 1929.
Janis' film career was brief. The high point was a role as the half-white heroine in W. S. Van Dyke’s The Pagan (1929), one of Ramon Novarro’s big box-office hits. The Pagan was a transitional film - it has no dialogue but features a music score.
Earlier, Janis had parts in three minor films. Her only sound film was Lummox (1930). It was based on the Fannie Hurst novel and was directed by Herbert Brenon.