Monthly Archives: October 2010

My Hollywood Connection

The ¬†well-loved character actress Mary Gordon – a veteran of over 200 Hollywood movies from the “Golden Age” – was a relative of mine (my great-grandmother’s cousin, since you ask). Here’s a link to a clip from the 2009 Glasgow Film Festival when we celebrated her life and career with a discussion and a selection of clips ..

I’ll write more about Mary anon – there’s so much to say, about her turbulent personal life in Glasgow, her escape to America and the hardship she endured before she inadvertently ended up as one of Hollywood’s most fondly remembered character actresses, and a familiar face to several generations of film fans… I’m still investigating her life in California and trying to track down her grandson, Douglas Dutton, so if anyone has any information, please contact me at



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