Thursday, October 31, 2013
Dorothy Smoller -- Chain of Torture
One week before the opening of the play, Smoller suffered a hemorrhage that effectively ended her acting career. On December 9, 1926, she drank a three ounce bottle of shoe polish containing cyanide of potassium as a base in her room on the 28th floor of the Hotel Shelton in New York City. She died fifteen minutes after the arrival of the hotel physician. Smoller left three notes. One was to Strong thanking him for his kindness and another was to a friend instructing him how to dispose of her property. In the note to her mother, the actress referred to her illness as a "chain of torture" that "pains all the time."