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Beautiful Portraits of Maude Fealy-American stage and silent film actress who survived into the talkie era

Neil Patrick

 

Maude Fealy  was an American stage and silent film actress who survived into the talkie era.Fealy appeared in her first silent film in 1911 for Thanhouser Studios, making another eighteen between then and 1917, after which she did not perform in film for another fourteen years.

During the summers of 1912 and 1913, she organized and starred with the Fealy-Durkin Company that put on performances at the Casino Theatre at Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver and the following year began touring the western half of the U.S.

 

Actress Maude Fealy Source

Actress Maude Fealy Source

 

American stage and film actress (1883 -1971). Source

American stage and film actress (1883 -1971). Source

 

Broadway and Hollywood actress Maude Fealy, undated photograph from the Bain News Service. Source

Broadway and Hollywood actress Maude Fealy, undated photograph from the Bain News Service. Source

Fealy in an undated photo Source

Fealy in an undated photo Source

 

Maude Fealy as Mercia. Source

Maude Fealy as Mercia. Source

 

Maude Fealy Source

Maude Fealy Source

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Fealy had some commercial success as a playwright-performer. She co-wrote The Red Cap with Grant Stewart, a noted New York playwright and performer, which ran at the National Theatre in Chicago in August 1928. Though she was not in the cast of that production, the play’s plot revolves around the invention of a wheeled luggage carrier ostensibly invented by Fealy herself. A newspaper article reporting on the invention may be genuine, or may be a publicity stunt created to promote the play. Other plays authored or co-authored by Fealy include At Midnight and, with the highly regarded Chicago playwright, Alice Gerstenberg, The Promise.

Maude_Fealy_appearing_as_Juliet source

Maude_Fealy_appearing_as_Juliet source

Miss Maude Fealy in Hamlet. Source

Miss Maude Fealy in Hamlet. Source

Miss Maude Fealy Source

Miss Maude Fealy Source

Miss Maude Fealy. Source

Miss Maude Fealy. Source

 

Postcard of Maude Fealy as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet Source

Postcard of Maude Fealy as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet Source

 

Signed Photo to silent actor James Mason Source

Signed Photo to silent actor James Mason Source

 

Stage and silent movie actress Maude Fealy, management by John Cort. Source

Stage and silent movie actress Maude Fealy, management by John Cort. Source

 

Sunset Magazine 1901.Source

Sunset Magazine 1901.Source

Throughout her career, Fealy taught acting in many cities where she lived; early on with her mother, under names which included Maude Fealy Studio of Speech, Fealy School of Stage and Screen Acting, Fealy School of Dramatic Expression. She taught in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Burbank, California; and Denver, Colorado. By the 1930s, she was living in Los Angeles where she became involved in the Federal Theatre Project and at age 50 returned to secondary roles in film, including an uncredited appearance in The Ten Commandments. Later in her career, she wrote and appeared in pageants, programs, and presented lectures for schools and community organizations.

Neil Patrick

Neil Patrick is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News