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Also Known As: Mary Rose Brady Died: October 28, 1939
Born: November 2, 1892 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer

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Best-known for playing dithery society matrons in 1930s films, this performer actually had a long and varied career. The daughter of famed theatrical producer William A. Brady and stepdaughter of stage great Grace George, Alice Brady rejected a career in grand opera and began acting in stock companies. She first reached Broadway as an ingenue in "The Balkan Princess" (1911) and scored a hit in several Gilbert and Sullivan revivals the following year. Brady varied between light comedy and heavy drama over the next twenty years in shows like "Little Women" (1912, as Meg), "Sinners" (1915), "Anna Ascends" (1920), "Zander the Great" (1923), "The Bride of the Lamb" (1926) and "Love, Honor and Betray" (1930). Perhaps her biggest Broadway hit was as the tragic daughter Lavinia in Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra" (1931).

Best-known for playing dithery society matrons in 1930s films, this performer actually had a long and varied career. The daughter of famed theatrical producer William A. Brady and stepdaughter of stage great Grace George, Alice Brady rejected a career in grand opera and began acting in stock companies. She first reached Broadway as an ingenue in "The Balkan Princess" (1911) and scored a hit in several Gilbert and Sullivan revivals the following year. Brady varied between light comedy and heavy drama over the next twenty years in shows like "Little Women" (1912, as Meg), "Sinners" (1915), "Anna Ascends" (1920), "Zander the Great" (1923), "The Bride of the Lamb" (1926) and "Love, Honor and Betray" (1930). Perhaps her biggest Broadway hit was as the tragic daughter Lavinia in Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra" (1931).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Zenobia (1939) Mrs. Carter
2.
 Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Abigail Clay
3.
 In Old Chicago (1938) Molly O'Leary
4.
 Joy of Living (1938) Minerva [Garret]
5.
 Goodbye Broadway (1938) Molly Malloy
6.
 Merry-Go-Round of 1938 (1937) Aunt Hortense
7.
 Mama Steps Out (1937) Ada Cuppy
8.
 One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) Mrs. Frost
9.
 Call It a Day (1937) Muriel West
10.
 Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937) Mme. [Sonya] Moro
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1911:
Made New York stage debut in "The Balkan Princess"
1914:
Film debut, "As Ye Sow"
1923:
Left films for return to stage, after starring in 50 silent films
1932:
Last Broadway show, "Madamoiselle" (co-starring stepmother Grace George)
1933:
Signed by MGM for talkie debut in "When Ladies Meet"
1937:
Sued Actor's Equity over rights to use her photo in advertisements (she had previously refused to join Screen Actor's Guild and charged this was retaliation). She won suit and Equity was about to suspend her when her illnes was was made known to them.
1939:
Final film, "Young Mr. Lincoln," released posthumously
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Education

Convent of St Elizabeth: Madison , New Jersey -
Conservatory of Music: Boston , Massachusetts -

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husband:
James Crane. Actor. Married on May 20, 1920; divorced in 1922.

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father:
William A Brady. Theatrical producer. Born in 1863; died in 1950.
mother:
Rosemarie Brady. Dancer. Died in 1895.
step-mother:
Grace George. Actor. Born in 1878; married William Brady in 1899; died in 1961.
step-brother:
William A Brady Jr. Producer, director. Born in 1900; died in fire in 1935.
son:
Donald Crane.
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