Dorothy Donnell Calhoun

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Dorothy Donnell Calhoun (Died December 2, 1963) was a writer and a magazine editor.[1]

Born in Maine, her parents were magazine writers and her sister Rachel became a medical doctor.[2] Calhoun graduated from Smith College and later married Harold Calhoun, a New York City lawyer.[3][1]

Calhoun was the West Coast editor for Motion Picture Magazine and its sister publication Motion Picture Classic between 1927 and 1935.[1][4] Later, she worked as an assistant to Frances Perkins, the Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, where she produced radio programs. As a writer, Calhoun wrote short stories, including the collection titled "Blue Gingham Folks".[1] She also wrote children's stories and plays and published letters about her travels.[5][1] She was also involved in the film world writing for publications and selling her work to be adapted to film.[6] She worked on a screenplay for Richard Krebs and was a writer for "Sh Don't Wake the Baby", the 1915 film starring Dorothy Phillips.[7]


  • "A Modern Slavery" (1909)[8]
  • When Great Folks Were Little Folks (1913)[9]
  • The Book of Brave Adventures (1915)[10]
  • Blue gingham folks (1915)
  • Little folks of the Bible (1915)
  • Little folks in art (1915)[11]
  • Princess of Let's Pretend (1916)
  • Little folks in history (1917)
  • Afraidof Bis Shadow (1917)
  • Cupid's column; a farce in one act (1917)
  • 100 per cent American (1918)
  • The parlor patriots; a comedy in one act for girls (1918)[12]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Dorothy Calhoun, Writer and Editor". The New York Times. December 3, 1963. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "Rachel Eleanor Donnell". Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  3. ^ The Book News Monthly. 35. John Wanamaker. 1917. p. 50. Retrieved April 20, 2020 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ O'Brien, Scott (2013). Ruth Chatterton: Actress, Aviator, Author. BearManor Media. Retrieved April 20, 2020 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ The School Journal. 80. E.L. Kellogg & Company. 1912. p. 376. Retrieved April 20, 2020 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ The Smith Alumnae Quarterly. 1920.
  7. ^ Fleming, John V. (September 6, 2010). The Anti-Communist Manifestos: Four Books That Shaped the Cold War. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393074765 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "The Smith College Monthly". Smith College. April 19, 1906 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Calhoun, Dorothy Donnell (April 19, 1913). "When Great Folks Were Little Folks". Macmillan – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Alshouse, Herman Smith (1915). Heroes of the Nations. Macmillan.
  11. ^ Bailey, Henry Turner (1916). Something to Do. School Arts Publishing Company.
  12. ^ "Calhoun, Dorothy Donnell [WorldCat Identities]".

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