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Alice Brady
Alice Brady
(born Mary Rose Brady, November 2, 1892 – October 28, 1939) was an American actress who began her career in the silent film era and survived the transition into talkies. She worked until six months before her death from cancer in 1939. Her films include My Man Godfrey (1936), in which she plays the flighty mother of Carole Lombard's character, and In Old Chicago
In Old Chicago
(1937) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1960, Brady received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the film industry. Her star is located at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard.[2]


1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Death 4 Awards 5 Filmography 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Career[edit] Mary Rose Brady was born in New York City. Her father, William A. Brady, was an important theatrical producer.[3] Her mother, Rose Marie Rene, died in 1896. She was interested at an early age in becoming an actress. She first went on the stage when she was 14 and got her first job on Broadway in 1911 at the age of 18, in a show with which her father was associated.[4] In 1913 she appeared with John Barrymore
John Barrymore
in A Thief for a Night (adapted by P. G. Wodehouse
P. G. Wodehouse
and playwright John Stapleton from Wodehouse's novel, A Gentleman of Leisure) at McVicker's Theatre
McVicker's Theatre
in Chicago.[5] She continued to perform on Broadway (often in shows her father produced) consistently for the next 22 years. In 1931 she appeared in the premiere of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra.[6] Her step-mother was actress Grace George
Grace George
(1879–1961), whom her father married when Alice was a child. Her half-brother was William A. Brady
William A. Brady
Jr, the son of her father and Grace George. Brady's father moved into movie production and presentation in 1913,[7] with his World Film
Corporation, and Brady soon followed along after him, making her first silent feature appearance in As Ye Sow in 1914. She appeared in 53 films in the next 10 years, all while continuing to perform on stage, the film industry at the time being centered in New York.[8] In 1923, she stopped appearing in films to concentrate on stage acting, and did not appear on the screen again until 1933, when she made the move to Hollywood and M-G-M's When Ladies Meet become her first talking picture. From then on she worked frequently until her death, making another 25 films in seven years. Her final film was Young Mr. Lincoln
Young Mr. Lincoln
(1939). Personal life[edit] Brady was married to actor James Crane from 1919 to 1922, when they divorced. They co-starred in three silent films together: His Bridal Night (1919), Sinners (1920) and A Dark Lantern
A Dark Lantern
(1920). The couple had one child, Donald. Death[edit] Alice Brady
Alice Brady
died from cancer on October 28, 1939, five days before her 47th birthday.[8] Awards[edit] For her portrayal of Mrs. Molly O'Leary — a fictionalized version of Catherine O'Leary
Catherine O'Leary
– in 1937's In Old Chicago, Brady won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[9] She had been nominated for the same award the year before as well, for her work in My Man Godfrey. A long-enduring myth states that at the Academy Award presentation dinner, Brady's Oscar Award, a plaque (statuettes were not awarded for the Supporting categories until 1943) was stolen by a man who came onstage to accept the award on the absent actress's behalf and that it was never recovered, and the impostor was never tracked down. The Academy then issued a replacement plaque which was later presented to Brady.[10] However, according to press at the time the film’s director, Henry King, accepted on her behalf at the ceremony and friends of Ms. Brady delivered it to her home later that night. Winners are given blank awards at the ceremony and return them to the Academy to have them engraved afterwards. Ms. Brady also followed this practice, which may have led to the story that the Academy was presenting her with a replacement trophy.[11] Filmography[edit] A sample of her more than 80 films includes: Silent

Tangled Fates (1916)

The Boss (1915 World Film) Lost A Cup of Chance (1915 General Film) The Lure of Woman (1915 World) (Incomplete; Library of Congress) The Rack (1915 World) Lost The Ballet Girl (1916 World) Lost The Woman in 47 (1916 World) (Extant; BFI National Film
& TV, London) Then I'll Come Back to You (1916 World) Lost Tangled Fates (1916 World) Lost La Bohème (1916 World) La vie de Bohème (*short) (Extant; Geo. Eastman House) Miss Petticoats (1916 World) (Extant; Geo. Eastman House) The Gilded Cage (1916 World) (*Extant; Library of Congress, Geo. Eastman, BFI, London) Bought and Paid For (1916 World) Lost A Woman Alone (1917) Lost A Hungry Heart
A Hungry Heart
(1917) Lost The Dancer's Peril (1917) (*Extant; DVD Grapevine video, Geo. Eastman, Cineteca Del Friuli) Darkest Russia (1917) (Incomplete; Library of Congress) Maternity (1917) Lost The Divorce Game (1917) Lost A Self-Made Widow
A Self-Made Widow
(1917) Lost Betsy Ross (1917) (*extant; online, Grapevine DVD) A Maid of Belgium (1917) Her Silent Sacrifice
Her Silent Sacrifice
(1917) (*extant; Library of Congress) Woman and Wife
Woman and Wife
(1918) The Knife (1918) The Spurs of Sybil (1918) The Trap (1918 World) At the Mercy of Men (1918 Select) The Ordeal of Rosetta (1918 Select) The Whirlpool (1918 Select) The Death Dance (1918 Select) The Better Half (1918 Select) Her Great Chance
Her Great Chance
(1918 Select) In the Hollow of Her Hand
In the Hollow of Her Hand
(1918 Select) The Indestructible Wife (1919 Select) The End of the Road (1919 Public Health Films) The World to Live In (1919 Select) Marie Ltd. (1919 Select) The Redhead (1919 Select) His Bridal Night (1919 Select) The Fear Market
The Fear Market
(1920 Realart) Sinners (1920 Realart) A Dark Lantern
A Dark Lantern
(1920 Realart) The New York Idea (1920 Realart) (*extant; George Eastman House) Out of the Chorus
Out of the Chorus
(1921 Realart) The Land of Hope (1921 Realart) Lost Little Italy (1921 Realart) Lost Dawn of the East
Dawn of the East
(1921 Paramount-Realart ) Lost Hush Money (1921 Paramount) Lost A Trip to Paramountown
A Trip to Paramountown
(1922) (*short) Missing Millions
Missing Millions
(1922 Paramount) Lost Anna Ascends
Anna Ascends
(1922 Paramount) (*6 min. fragment) The Leopardess (1923 Paramount) Lost The Snow Bride
The Snow Bride
(1923 Paramount) Lost


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Clip from My Man Godfrey
My Man Godfrey
(1936), with Brady as Angelica Bullock

When Ladies Meet (1933 MGM) Beauty for Sale (1933 MGM) Stage Mother (1933 MGM) Broadway to Hollywood (1933 MGM) The Gay Divorcee
The Gay Divorcee
(1934 RKO) Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (1934 Paramount) Gold Diggers of 1935
Gold Diggers of 1935
(1935 Warner Brothers) Let 'Em Have It
Let 'Em Have It
(1935) Three Smart Girls
Three Smart Girls
(1936 Universal) Go West, Young Man (1936 Paramount) My Man Godfrey
My Man Godfrey
(1936 Universal) The Harvester (1936 Republic Pictures) Call It a Day
Call It a Day
(1937 Warner Brothers) One Hundred Men and a Girl
One Hundred Men and a Girl
(1937 Universal) In Old Chicago
In Old Chicago
(1937 20th Century-Fox) Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937 Warner Brothers) Goodbye Broadway (1938 Universal) Zenobia (1939 United Artists) Young Mr. Lincoln
Young Mr. Lincoln
(1939 20th Century-Fox)

La Bohème, 1916

Miss Petticoats, 1916

Bought and Paid For, 1916

The Gilded Cage, 1916

The Hungry Heart, 1917

The Dancer's Peril, 1917

A Self-Made Widow, 1917

Her Silent Sacrifice, 1917

Woman and Wife, 1918

Woman and Wife, 1918

The Whirlpool, 1919

The World To Live In, 1919

See also[edit]

List of actors with Academy Award nominations


^ http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1939/10/30/page/20/article/alice-brady-47-star-of-screen-and-stage-dies ^ "Walk of Fame Stars-Alice Brady". Hollywood Chamber of Commerce/Walk of Fame.  ^ William A. Brady
William A. Brady
at the Internet Broadway Database ^ The Balkan Princess at the Internet Broadway Database ^ McIlvaine 1990, p. 301 ^ Alice Brady
Alice Brady
at the Internet Broadway Database ^ William A. Brady
William A. Brady
on IMDb ^ a b Alice Brady
Alice Brady
on IMDb ^ Quinlan, David (1996) Quinlan's Film
Stars, 4th edn., B.T.Batsford, ISBN 0-7134-7751-2, pg. 63 ^ http://www.originalprop.com/blog/2008/09/06/heritage-auction-galleries-%E2%80%9Csignature-music-entertainment-memorabilia-auction%E2%80%B3-catalog-available-online/ ^ Decherney, Peter (24 February 2016). "Stolen Oscars: History, Markets And Myths". Forbes. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 

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(1946) Celeste Holm
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(1947) Claire Trevor
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(1951) Gloria Grahame
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(1952) Donna Reed
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(1954) Jo Van Fleet
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(1955) Dorothy Malone
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(1956) Miyoshi Umeki
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(1957) Wendy Hiller
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(1958) Shelley Winters
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(1959) Shirley Jones
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(1960) Rita Moreno
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(1961) Patty Duke
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(1962) Margaret Rutherford
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(1963) Lila Kedrova
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(1964) Shelley Winters
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(1965) Sandy Dennis (1966) Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons
(1967) Ruth Gordon
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(1968) Goldie Hawn
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(1969) Helen Hayes
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(1970) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1971) Eileen Heckart (1972) Tatum O'Neal
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(1973) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1974) Lee Grant
Lee Grant


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(1977) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1978) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1979) Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen
(1980) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1981) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1984) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1985) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1986) Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
(1987) Geena Davis
Geena Davis
(1988) Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker
(1989) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei
(1992) Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin
(1993) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1994) Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
(1995) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(1996) Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger
(1997) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1998) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1999) Marcia Gay Harden
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Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Catherine Zeta-Jones
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(2002) Renée Zellweger
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(2003) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2004) Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2005) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Mo'Nique
(2009) Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
(2010) Octavia Spencer
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(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o
(2013) Patricia Arquette
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(2014) Alicia Vikander
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(2015) Viola Davis
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(2016) Allison Janney
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