Described by drama critic William Winter as "a young actress of piquant beauty, marked with personality and rare expressiveness of countenance," Marie Katherine Steward a.k.a Marie Doro would have been one of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood by today's standards. In the silent-film industry which spanned her career in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Marie Doro showed amazing skill as an actress, yet it was downplayed by the fact that she was not given the most challenging roles.
She was married to another silent screen actor, Elliott Dexter, and after their divorce became linked to the famed actor William Gilette. The young Charlie Chaplin had also been madly in love with her, and this unrequited love lasted for more than eleven years when finally Marie and Charlie met again and "dined quietly in Marie's apartment alone."
But according to Kenneth Lynn in Charlie Chaplin and His Times, "Chaplin would not have been Chaplin if he had simply dined quietly with Marie."
The photos of the actress were taken circa 1902 and are kept and copyrighted by the Burr McIntosh Studio.