Gladys Brockwell


Actor

About

Also Known As
Gladys Lindeman
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
September 26, 1893
Died
July 02, 1929
Cause of Death
Complications From Injuries Sustained In A Car Accident

Biography

A leading lady and character actress of silent films and early talkies who frequently portrayed fallen or tragic women, Brockwell began her career as a child in stock companies. She made her film debut in 1913 at the age of 20. Through the early 1910s, Brockwell freelanced for such companies as Biograph, Mutual, Fine Arts and Majestic, before signing with Fox in 1916. Brockwell made doz...

Family & Companions

Robert Broadwell
Husband
Divorced 1918.
Harry Edwards
Husband
Director. Briefly married in 1918; ex-husband of actor Louise Glaum.
Thomas Drennan
Companion
Advertising executive. Was dating at the time of her death.

Notes

Some sources give 1894 as Miss Brockwell's birth year.

"If I am feeling too hilarious and must buckle down to play a very serious or sad role, I have to make myself feel badly. This isn't so very hard to do, when you go about the matter in downright earnest. It is ever so much more difficult to laugh when you are not in the mood for it, than to cry when you feel like laughing."--Gladys Brockwell, quoted in a 1920 interview in Photo-Play Journal.

Biography

A leading lady and character actress of silent films and early talkies who frequently portrayed fallen or tragic women, Brockwell began her career as a child in stock companies. She made her film debut in 1913 at the age of 20. Through the early 1910s, Brockwell freelanced for such companies as Biograph, Mutual, Fine Arts and Majestic, before signing with Fox in 1916.

Brockwell made dozens of films in the late 1910s, for Fox and other studios, generally heavy dramas like "Her One Mistake" and "The Devil's Wheel" (both 1918) and "Pitfalls of a Big City" (1919). Through the 20s, she was given meaty character roles in big-budgeted films and starred in several of her own vehicles as well. Perhaps her best known roles were Nancy Sykes in "Oliver Twist" (1922), the insane mother in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) and Janet Gaynor's evil sister in "Seventh Heaven" (1927). Among Brockwell's other hits were "So Big" (1924), "Twinkletoes" (1926) and supporting John Gilbert and Jeanne Eagels in "Man, Woman, and Sin" (1928).

As a stage-trained character actress, Brockwell had nothing to fear from talking pictures. Signed by Warner Brothers, she appeared as a gun moll in the first all-talking feature-length picture, "Lights of New York" (1928) and went on to make four other talkies before her death in mid-1929 as the result of a car accident.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

From Headquarters (1929)
Mary Dyer
Hardboiled Rose (1929)
Julie Malo
The Argyle Case (1929)
Mrs. Martin
The Hottentot (1929)
Mrs. Chadwick
The Drake Case (1929)
Lulu Marks
Lights of New York (1928)
Molly Thompson
The Woman Disputed (1928)
The Countess
The Home Towners (1928)
Lottie Bancroft
Law and the Man (1928)
Margaret Grayson
My Home Town (1928)
Mae Andrews
Man, Woman, and Sin (1927)
Mrs. Whitcomb
The Satin Woman (1927)
Mae
7th Heaven (1927)
Nana
The Country Doctor (1927)
Myra Jones
Long Pants (1927)
His mother
Twinkletoes (1926)
Cissie
Spangles (1926)
Mademoiselle Dazie
Her Sacrifice (1926)
Mary Cullen
The Last Frontier (1926)
Cynthia Jaggers
The Skyrocket (1926)
Rose Kimm
The Carnival Girl (1926)
Her mother
Stella Maris (1925)
Louisa Risca
Chickie (1925)
Jennie
The Splendid Road (1925)
Satan's sister
The Reckless Sex (1925)
Mrs. GarcĂ­a
The Ancient Mariner (1925)
Life in Death
The Necessary Evil (1925)
Frances Jerome
The Foolish Virgin (1924)
Nance Owens
So Big (1924)
Maartje Poole
Unmarried Wives (1924)
Mrs. Gregory
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Godule
Penrod and Sam (1923)
Mrs. Schofield
His Last Race (1923)
Mary
The Drug Traffic (1923)
Edna Moore
The Darling of New York (1923)
Light Fingered Kitty
Paid Back (1922)
Carol Gordon
Oliver Twist (1922)
Nancy Sikes
The Sage Hen (1921)
The Sage Hen
A Sister to Salome (1920)
Elinore Duane
The Mother of His Children (1920)
Princess Yve
The Rose of Nome (1920)
Rose Donnay
The Devil's Riddle (1920)
Esther Anderson
White Lies (1920)
Josephine
Flames of the Flesh (1920)
Candace, later known as Laure De Saxe
The Forbidden Room (1919)
Ruth Lester
Thieves (1919)
Mazie Starrett
Pitfalls of a Big City (1919)
Molly Moore
Chasing Rainbows (1919)
Sadie
Broken Commandments (1919)
Nella Banard
The Call of the Soul (1919)
Barbara Deming
The Sneak (1919)
Rhona
The Divorce Trap (1919)
Eleanor Burton
Kultur (1918)
Countess Griselda von Arenburg
The Devil's Wheel (1918)
Blanche De Montfort
The Scarlet Road (1918)
Mabel Halloway
Her One Mistake (1918)
Harriet Gordon/Peggy Malone
The Bird of Prey (1918)
Adele Durant
The Strange Woman (1918)
Inez de Pierrefond
The Moral Law (1918)
Isobel de Costa/Anita de Costa
The Honor System (1917)
Trixie Bennett
For Liberty (1917)
Marcia Glendon
To Honor and Obey (1917)
Lorrie Hollis
The Soul of Satan (1917)
Miriam Lee
The Price of Her Soul (1917)
Ailene Graham
One Touch of Sin (1917)
Mary Livingston
A Branded Soul (1917)
Conchita Cordova
Conscience (1917)
Serama/Ruth Somers/Conscience/Lust/Avarice/ Hate/Revenge/Vanity
Her Temptation (1917)
Shirley Moreland
The Price of Power (1916)
The Crippled Hand (1916)
The prima donna
The Fires of Conscience (1916)
Margery Burke
The End of the Trail (1916)
Adrienne Carot
Sins of Her Parent (1916)
Adrian Gardiner/Valerie Marchmont
Double Trouble (1915)
Daisy Scarlett
On the Night Stage (1915)
A saloon girl
Up from the Depths (1915)
Daire Vincent
A Man and His Mate (1915)
Betty
The Typhoon (1914)
Helene

Life Events

1896

Acted on stage in stock companies from childhood

1913

Film debut, "One of the Discard"

1922

Cast as Nancy Sykes in "Oliver Twist"

1926

Portrayed a boxer's pugalistic wife in "Twinkletoes"

1928

Appeared as the amoral sister in "Seventh Heaven"

1928

First talking picture, "Lights of New York"

1929

Final film, "The Drake Case"

1929

Died of peritonitis resulting from internal injuries sustained when her car went over a 75-foot embankment on the Ventura highway

Family

H R Lindeman
Father
Lillian Lindeman
Mother
Actor.

Companions

Robert Broadwell
Husband
Divorced 1918.
Harry Edwards
Husband
Director. Briefly married in 1918; ex-husband of actor Louise Glaum.
Thomas Drennan
Companion
Advertising executive. Was dating at the time of her death.

Bibliography

Notes

Some sources give 1894 as Miss Brockwell's birth year.

"If I am feeling too hilarious and must buckle down to play a very serious or sad role, I have to make myself feel badly. This isn't so very hard to do, when you go about the matter in downright earnest. It is ever so much more difficult to laugh when you are not in the mood for it, than to cry when you feel like laughing."--Gladys Brockwell, quoted in a 1920 interview in Photo-Play Journal.