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Alice Brady

“I went on the stage without my father’s consent. He had a wild idea that I was to study and train and become a grand opera star some day. But one can’t walk from a convent school into grand opera, and I was impatient. So, without father’s consent or knowledge, I found a place in musical comedy, in Boston. He didn’t like it one little bit when he found it out, either. I graduated to Gilbert and Sullivan opera, and after a season I went straight to my father and asked for a leading part in one of his productions….Oh no, I had to fight, just like anyone else, to get what I wanted, and when I got my part, I had to make good. Being my father’s daughter didn’t make it easy for me so far as he was concerned. I had  leading roles in ‘Things that Count’ and in ‘Sinners’ – such sad, weepy parts! – and I was exceedingly young in those days. I think dad was rather proud of me, though he never said so – but he had to admit I had it in me.” — Alice Brady

Source: 1918

 

Alice Brady (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“You see, I am going along so famously in the moving pictures that I think it would be poor judgment to interrupt my progress at present. It would be different if I had considerable time on my hands between productions, for of course a stage hit stimulates the demand in the studios, and increases one’s value – particularly if that value happens to be a trifle uncertain. But this does not apply to my situation, at present anyway, I am very happy to say. When one picture is finished I scarcely have time to draw a long breath before another begins.” — Alice Brady in 1916

 

Alice Brady (Bizarre Los Angeles)“Pop advised me to engage a press clipping bureau so I might have a line on what was being said of me around the country….It is the solemn truth that Pop puts half of my salary in the bank every week as a trustee, but I think it is because he is afraid I have not learned to say ‘no’ when somebody comes around with a hard luck story. I don’t believe he really imagines my head is likely to be turned. In fact, he knows very well that I have a perfectly sound business head, and I will tell you why. Listen: One day, he sent me word that he had bought $25,000 worth of British war bonds with some of my money and I went right down to see him and told him I didn’t want them. He said they were a first class investment – would be earning more interest all the time than the bank would give me and besides, they would increase in value. But I just told Pop I would not have any old bonds – money was quite good enough for me and I didn’t believe in gambling that way. That was what I did….For a minute, I thought he was going to laugh, but I guess he must have seen that I knew all about such matters, so he simply said ‘all right,’ and that he would take them off my hands….And whatever he may have said to that old committee about my head being turned by too much money or anything else, I am sure that down in his heart he didn’t mean it.” — Alice Brady

Source: 1917

 

"I work in pictures all day. The only rest I ever get is on rainy days, and often I don't get that, because I have to be fitted for new costumes. Ordinarily I get to the studio a little after 9 in the morning and I'm there until 6 in the afternoon. I'm here at the theater about 7:30 and I usually manage to get away about 11:30." -- Alice Brady in 1918 (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I work in pictures all day. The only rest I ever get is on rainy days, and often I don’t get that, because I have to be fitted for new costumes. Ordinarily I get to the studio a little after 9 in the morning and I’m there until 6 in the afternoon. I’m here at the theater about 7:30 and I usually manage to get away about 11:30.” — Alice Brady in 1918

 

 

"I do not want to be an emotional actress. I want to act comedy, nothing but comedy, no tears, no tragedy, no heartaches. I wan to laugh and make others laugh." -- Alice Brady (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I do not want to be an emotional actress. I want to act comedy, nothing but comedy, no tears, no tragedy, no heartaches. I wan to laugh and make others laugh. I have no desire or ambition to play Lady Macbeth or Juliet, and I always did love to play Patti Sing, in ‘The Mikado.'” — Alice Brady

Source: 1914

 

Alice Brady "The Fear Market" (1919) Bizarre Los AngelesThe Fear Market (1919)

 

"It's all very well to be a movie star, but it's nicer to be a 'legitimate star.'" -- Alice Brady in 1919. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“It’s all very well to be a movie star, but it’s nicer to be a ‘legitimate star.'” — Alice Brady in 1919

 

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