Dorothy Davenport was a young starlet who had made movies in the early 1910s. She married top star Wallace Reid, and they made many movies together in the middle 1910s, marrying in 1913. In 1917, she had their son, and she made few movies after the birth of her son. In 1919, Wallace Reid was making a movie "The Valley of the Giants", and he was injured, and took morphine to enable him to finish filming. He became a major drug addict, and made 24 movies over the next 3 years, but died in 1923 at the age of 31, and it is unclear exactly how large a part drugs and alcohol played in his death, but certainly this was one of the first great Hollywood drug scandals. The following year, Davenport produced "Human Wreckage", an expose of Hollywood and drugs, billed as "Mrs. Wallace Reid", and the next year, she made "The Red Kimono", and she made a total of six movies after "Human Wreckage", always billed the same way. In 1934, she retired and she died in 1977 at the age of 82.
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