ALICE BRADY : PRETTY FILM AND STAGE ACTRESS : BROADWAY STALWART : ACADEMY AWARD WINNER

This vintage real photo postcard features film actress, Alice Brady (1892-1939). Brady was born in New York City into a theatrical family. Her father was a theatrical producer, and her mother was a French actress. When Alice was four years old, her mother died. Her father remarried and her step-mother was actress, Grace George. George (1879-1961) was a successful American stage actress. She had a long Broadway stage career and appeared in two films.  Alice knew she wanted to be an actress, like her mother and step-mother, at an early age. Her first stage appearance was at the age of 14. Her first Broadway appearance was in 1911, at the age of 18. In 1913, she appeared with John Barrymore in “A Thief for The Night”. She performed on Broadway over a span of 22 years. She began her career during the silent film era and was one of the minority of actresses that successfully made the transition into sound movies. Brady’s films included “My Man Godfrey” (1936) and “In Old Chicago” (1937). Alice made her first silent feature appearance in 1914. She appeard in 53 films over the next ten years. Simultaneously, she continued to perf0orm on stage. In 1923, she took a ten year hiatus from the stage. In 1922 she made her first talkie, an MGM production. Over the next seven years, she made 25 more films. Her final film was “Young Mr. Lincoln” (1939). In 1937, Brady won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film, “In Old Chicago”. She had been nominated for the same award the previous year. In all, Brady appeared in more than 80 films. It is important to mention Brady’s Broadway career. The IBDb reports that she appeared in over 40 Broadway productions. Some of the “Great White Way” productions (1911-1932) that included Brady were “H.M.S. Pinafore” (1911), “The Pirates of Penzance” (1912), “The Mikado” (1912), “The Yankee Princess” (1922), “A Most Immoral Lady” (1928), and “Morning Becomes Electra” (1931).  Alice was married once. Her marriage to actor, James Crane, lasted from 1919 until they divorced in 1922. The marriage produced one son. Her life and career were cut short by her death from cancer just a day short of her 47th birthday.  The “Cyko” stamp box on this postcard indicates that it was published between 1904 and the 1920’s. This vintage portrait postcard is in good condition (see scans). 

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FAYE DUNAWAY : TALENTED ACTRESS : OFTEN PLAYS STRONG WILLED COMPLEX FEMALE LEADS

This vintage photograph is a portrait of actress, Faye Dunaway (1941-). The photo captures Dunaway in her role as a television executive in the film “Network”. Dunaway came away from the movie with an Academy Award  (Best Actress). “Network” (1976) was a satirical drama. It was written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet. Dunaway was born in Florida but because her father was an Army officer, she lived in a number of places in the US and in Europe. During her childhood she took dance, piano and singing lessons. She attended a number of colleges, but graduated from Boston University with a degree in theater. Soon after graduation, she appeared on Broaday in the drama “A Man for All Seasons”. She then appeared in a number of other theater productions. Her film debut was in “The Happening” (1967). She played the role of Bonnie Parker in the film, “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967). She got the role despite the initial objections of co-star Warren Beatty. She was nominated for “Best Actress” by the Academy Awards. The film made her into a star. Her next film “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968) also was a hit. She received great reviews. Other film roles included “Little Big Man” (1970), “Chinatown” (1974), “The Towering Inferno” (1974). and  “Mommie Dearest” (1981). The IMDb reports that Dunaway appeared in 115 television and film roles.  The IBDb reveals that Dunaway appeared in five Broadway plays between 1961 and 1982. Dunaway’s personal life was somewhat unstable. Perhaps it was not more stable because of her many changes in residence during her father’s military career? In 1962 she had a year long relationship with comic Lenny Bruce. In 1968 she began a two year relationship with married actor Marcello Mastroianni. In 1974 she married Peter Wolf, the lead singer of “The J. Geils Band”. In 1977 she and Wolf were photographed by photographer Terry O’Neill who was working for People Magazine. O’Neill became her second husband in 1983. After her divorce from O’Neill, she had a number of other significant relationships. Interestingly, both of her marriages were of four years duration. This vintage photo was  a press photo. It helped promote the film “Network. The photo is in excellent condition (see scans).

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ISABELLE PIA : FRENCH FILM AND THEATER ACTRESS

Isabelle Pia (1931-2008) was a French theater and film actress. She was known for her film roles in Madame du Barry (1954), Marianne of My Youth (1955), and “Love at Night” (1955). Pia was also a painter. The IMDb reports that she appeared in seven films between 1953 and 1955, She is also credited with two theatre appearances between 1956 and 1957. She mysteriously retired after turning down a MGM contract. The lensman who photographed Miss Pia for this postcard was Sam Levin, a respected and well known celebrity photographer. The postcard was published by the “Globe” as part of a series (no. 413). This scalloped edged photo postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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MLLE SYLVIE AND MME BERTHA BADY APPEARING IN “RESURRECTION” BY HENRY BATAILLE

This vintage theater postcard features two actresses appearing in the play, “Resurrection”, by Henry Bataille. The play was adapted from a novel written by Leo Tolstoy. The novel was originally published in 1899. The play was performed at the “Theatre National de L’odeon. The actresses are Mll Sylvie (1883-1970) and Mme Bertha Bady (1872-1921). Here are brief biographical skethches of the actresses. Sylvie was born in Paris, France. Her original name was Louise Pauline Mainguene. Her father was a sailor and her mother was a teacher. She started her professional career in 1903. She appeared in a number of French silent films. She was both a stage and a screen actress. She graduated from the Paris Conservatoire. Her filmography, listed by IMDb, credits her as acting in 54 films between  1912 and 1968. Berthe Bady was born in Belgium but her nationality was French. Berthe Bady attended the Brussels Conservatory and was active on the stage between 1893 and 1913. She was a beautiful actress. Berthe was a companion to both Lugne-Poe and Felix-Henri Bataille. Lugne-Poe was a French actor, theatrical director, and scenic designer. He and Bady were involved in symbolist movement of the arts. Bataille was a French dramatist and poet. A brief explanation of symbolism seems to be merited. In theatre, symbolism is a way to bring a greater meaning to something than is apparent at face value. The use of color, characters, movement, props and costumes are all methods of presenting symbolism. In 1897 Bady was the subject of a portrait by Toulouse Lautrec and her death was the subject of a poem by a leading French poet, Louis Aragon. In addition, playwright Fernand Crommelynck dedicated a play to her. Wikipedia credits her with sixteen “notable” play appearances between 1893 and 1913. She appeared in Ibsen’s “The Master Builder” on an international tour. The tour took her to London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Milan, and additional cities. In 1918 she appeared in her one and only film, “Ecce Homo”. The photo of Berthe and Sylvie was taken by Emile Allevy, a Paris photographer. The postcard was published by A.J.C. (Arthur John Carter) of Eastbourne, England. This postcard was likely published around 1902 since that is when Bady played in the play at the Theatre National de L’odeon. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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