15 October 1900
United States of America
20 October 1967|
Alameda County, California,
United States of America
American (or Mexican*) actress and dancer. On April 19, 1920, she became the eighth wife of boxer Norman "Kid McCoy" Selby; they only lived together for three days and she was granted a divorce on October 16 of that year on grounds of cruelty. She later served to dispute one of his alibis in his 1924 trial for the murder of wealthy antique shop owner Teresa Mors, for which McCoy was convicted (on a compromise charge of manslaughter) and served ten years in prison. She said that she had not seen her former husband in the two years prior to Mors' death. She married at least four more times over the remainder of her life, including to Christie actor Victor Rodman, her vaudeville partner Alex Kipper, and teacher Herbert Stanley Calvert (she wed the latter after accusing him of trying to smother her with a pillow the previous month!); she died as Carmen M. Langevin.
*At least one source gives a possible birthplace of Oaxaca, Mexico but this has been proven to be incorrect.
In April of 1942, Leo Langevin (Dagmar/Carmen's final husband) filed by mail from Toronto, Canada an affidavit for a correction of his wife's birth certificate. The doctor who delivered baby CARMEN had incorrectly stated on the form that her parents were both "colored" in the spaces indicated for parents' "race or color". Her Dad had died in CA in 1925 aged 65 and her Mom had died in AZ in 1932 aged 54.
By the time CARMEN was aged 10 she had seen both her 2 year old brother (1906) and her 5 year old sister sister (1910) die and her Mother divorced and remarried (1911) for the 3rd time. Her Mom married a total of 6 times and bore 2 daughters who lived to adulthood.
Real name: Carmen May Browder
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https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-159385-42398-13?cc=1463113 (1905 NY Census, page 2, line 14)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF4Z-BTT (1905 Ellis Island)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-29949-3176-68?cc=1804002 (1920 marriage)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-29950-11038-34?cc=1804002 (1921 marriage)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-29946-33609-0?cc=1804002 (1935 marriage license)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-29946-31780-91?cc=1804002 (1935 marriage certificate)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP4Y-HQZ (CA Death Index)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J58B-W57 (Social Security Death Index)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3WRF-XFC (family tree)
https://archive.org/stream/ScreenlandApr1923#page/n98/mode/1up/search/dalgren (Screenland, Apr 1923)
https://archive.org/stream/screenland07unse#page/97/mode/1up/search/dalgren (Screenland, Apr 1923)
https://archive.org/stream/variety48-1917-11#page/n22/mode/1up/search/dalgren (Variety, 2 Nov 1917)
https://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist62y261uvic#page/n3/mode/1up/search/browder (Daily Colonist, 17 Oct 1920)
https://archive.org/stream/movpicwor541movi#page/178/mode/1up/search/dahlgren (Moving Picture World, 14 Jan 1922)
https://archive.org/stream/variety79-1925-06#page/n58/mode/1up/search/dahlgren (Variety, 10 Jun 1925)
1920 LA City Dir: Dalgren Dagmar tchr dancing r502 W Washington
1921 LA City Dir: Dalgren Dagmar actor r826 W 8th
1922 LA City Dir: Dahlgren Dagmar h1617 S Flower
Jayne Simon (research, via Ancestry.com)
Jesse Brisson (research and help; identification in Burglars Bold and A Straight Crook)
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