Sunday, January 28, 2018

Born Today January 28: Alice Bradley

Scene from the 1915 film The Governor's Lady (Lasky Feature Play Co./Paramount)


Playwright Alice Bradley was born Alice Monks on this day in New York City.  Bradley was her pen-name; as far as anyone knows, she never married.  Details of her life are extremely sketchy.  What is known in regard to productions of her work follows.  Her play The Governor's Lady, was a big success in her home town and ran at Theatre Republic for 135 performances.  In 1915, the play was made into a film by the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company; her play was adapted into a workable scenario by William DeMille, older brother of Cecil.  The movie featured May Allison, Edith Wynne Matthison, and James Neill.  It was distributed by Paramount theatrically.  Bradley has only one other film credit as this writing, coming in the as yet to be released documentary Irish? (and given it's last production update, it is likely this will not be released at all).  Bradley died at the young age of 49 on the 13th of May in 1926.  With next to nothing known of her life, it stands to reason that her burial is also a mystery.  

Grainy newsprint photo still from the film featuring one of it's outdoor scenes.

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