|Sadly, Dorothy is remembered more for who she slept with rather than as her own person with her own
acting abilities. Not even just her acting abilities but her personal kindnesses and great generosity to
those she cared for. For instance on Christmas day she was known to fill a taxi cab up with gifts and then
drive all around Hollywood delivering them!
Dorothy and Buster's affair lasted from 2 to 10 years
depending on which biography you read. This affair
was an open secret in Hollywood owing to both parties
indiscretion. Buster was in an unhappy marriage to
Natalie Talmadge (sister to Norma and Constance) and
he fell very hard for Dorothy because she was the
complete opposite of his wife - fun, full of life, liked
practical jokes, bridge and she also enjoyed their
physical relationship. Dorothy enjoyed the fast life that
went along with being a star ~ the all night parties, the
clubs, the dinners. She liked the alcohol too but her
system didn't so after a few drinks she would pass out,
thus she was given the nicknames "Slam Bang
Sebastian", "Slambastian" or just "Slam".
In 5 years time Dorothy's marriage to Bill broke down. After the divorce Dorothy resumed her
relationship with Buster spending most of her time at his house. This lasted for about 2 years
until a young actress named Eleanor Norris caught Buster's eye. He didn't feel right about
breaking up with Dorothy after so many years, he thought the trauma would be too much for
her (especially after her bad luck in recent years). Together Buster and Eleanor plotted to
introduce Dorothy to a handsome wrestler from the Hollywood Legion Stadium where they
would often go watch the matches as a group. Hoping that Dorothy and a certain wrestler would
hit it off, Buster invited him over to his home for dinner and introduced them. According to
Eleanor it worked. In time Eleanor became Buster's third wife and they remained together until
he passed away in 1966. According to Louise Brooks, by the time Dorothy died, just a few miles
from where he lived, Buster had completely forgotten about her.
Though she is remembered as being Buster's mistress, their relationship was never exclusive. But not
being exclusive doesn't mean you can't have a little fun... One story tells of how Dorothy discovered that
Buster was going to Florida with another woman for a weekend, so she rented the adjacent connecting
house and proceeded to bang on pots and pans making a terrible racket so as to ruin any chance of a quiet
'romantic' time the couple had planned. They left the house and Buster didn't find out who the noisy
neighbor was until he was back to Hollywood. He loved it, her sense of fun was one of the many reasons he
was attracted to her.
By 1930 Dorothy was tired of being a mistress.
She wanted "desperately to be married" according
to fellow actress Anita Page.
While Buster was away in Europe, Dorothy met,
fell in love with and married William Boyd after
working on two movies with him.