Monday, April 3, 2017

Alice Brady

Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her first film was at the age of 22 when she starred in As Ye Sow (1914). She was immediately put to work in a number of film projects. Although she appeared in three films in 1915, the following year saw her in nine productions. Alice was one of the fortunate actresses to make a successful transition from the silent era into the sound age. In 1936 she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in My Man Godfrey (1936). One year later, she won the Oscar for the same award in In Old Chicago (1937), in which she turned in a tremendous performance. Alice died of cancer in New York City on October 28, 1939. She was only 46 years old. Her final film that year was Young Mr. Lincoln (1939).
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

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James Crane(20 May 1919 - 1922) (divorced) (1 child)

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Daughter of Broadway producer William A. Brady who was also involved in filmmaking and was head of the World Film Corporation (191?-1918). He was involved in an early fight against censorship in 1919 (not too ably) as president of the National Association of the Motion Picture Industry.
Due to a broken ankle she was not able to attend The 10th Annual Academy Awards in which she won Best Supporting Actress for In Old Chicago (1937). During the ceremony an unidentified man walked up to the podium and accepted the award on her behalf. When she called the Academy to say that she had not received her Oscar, it was revealed that the man was had been an impostor who had crashed the party, accepted her award and walked off with it. Brady passed away before the Academy could issue a replacement. Neither the stolen Oscar nor the man who walked away with it were ever heard from again.
Died of a virulent cancer five days before what would have been her 47th birthday.
Although best remembered for her comic performances as socially ambitious mothers (My Man Godfrey (1936)), she often played serious roles, among them Lavinia Mannon in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra".
Gave birth to her only child at age 29, a son Donald William Crane on March 10, 1922. Child's father was her ex-husband, James Crane.
Was the 11th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for In Old Chicago (1937) at The 10th Academy Awards on March 10, 1938.
Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Nils Axel Nissen.
Her son Donald died in Los Angeles on January 17, 1942 at age 19.

Broadway star Alice Brady appeared in more than 50 silent films and didn't make her talkie debut until 1933.
Actress (79 credits)
 1939Young Mr. Lincoln
Abigail Clay
Mrs. Carter
 1938Joy of Living
Minerva Garret
 1937Merry-Go-Round of 1938
Aunt Hortense
 1937One Hundred Men and a Girl
Mrs. Frost
 1937Mr. Dodd Takes the Air
Mme. Sonia Moro
 1937Mama Steps Out
Ada Cuppy
 1936Three Smart Girls
Mrs. Lyons
 1936Mind Your Own Business
Melba Shanks
 1936Go West Young Man
Mrs. Struthers
 1936The Harvester
Mrs. Biddle
Ghita Galin
 1935Let 'em Have It
Aunt Ethel
 1935Gold Diggers of 1935
Mrs. Prentiss
 1934Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen
Molly Prentiss
 1933Should Ladies Behave
Laura Merrick
 1933Beauty for Sale
Mrs. Henrietta Sherwood
 1933When Ladies Meet
 1923The Snow Bride
Annette Leroux
 1923The Leopardess
 1922Anna Ascends
Anna Ayyob
 1922Missing Millions
Mary Dawson
 1921Hush Money
Evelyn Murray
 1921Dawn of the East
Countess Natalya
 1921Little Italy
Rosa Mascani
 1921The Land of Hope
Marya Nisko
 1921Out of the Chorus
Florence Maddis
 1920The New York Idea
Cynthia Karslake
 1920A Dark Lantern
Katherine Dereham
Mary Horton
 1920The Fear Market
Sylvia Stone
 1919His Bridal Night
Vi / Tiny Playfair (twins)
 1919The Redhead
Dazil Mellows
 1919Marie, Ltd.
Drina Hilliard
 1919The World to Live In
Rita Charles
 1919The Indestructible Wife
Charlotte Ordway
 1918In the Hollow of Her Hand
Hetty Castleton
 1918Her Great Chance
Lola Gray
 1918The Better Half
Louise / Beatrix Thorley (twins)
 1918The Death Dance
Flora Farnsworth
 1918The Whirlpool
Isabele Corbyn, aka Bella Cavello
 1918The Ordeal of Rosetta
Rosetta / Lola Gelardi (twins)
 1918At the Mercy of Men
Vera Souroff
 1918The Trap
Doris Shaw
 1918The Spurs of Sybil
Sybil Drew
 1918The Knife
Kate Tarleton
 1917A Maid of Belgium
 1917Betsy Ross
Betsy Griscom
 1917A Self-Made Widow
 1917The Divorce Game
Florence, Viscountess de Sallure
Ellen Franklin
 1917Darkest Russia
Ilda Barosky
 1917A Hungry Heart
Frou Frou (Gilberte Brigarde)
 1916The Gilded Cage
Princess Honore
 1916Miss Petticoats
Miss Petticoats
 1916/ITangled Fates
Jane Lawson
 1916Then I'll Come Back to You
Barbara Allison
 1916The Woman in 47
Viola Donizetti
 1915The Rack
Mrs. Gordon
 1915The Lure of Woman
Katie O'Day
 1915The Cup of Chance (Short)
 1915The Boss
Emily Griswold
 1914As Ye Sow 

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