Oscar: Supporting Actress–Brady, Alice for In Old Chicago

In_Old_Chicago_alice_brady_5Alice Brady was born on November 2, 1892 in New York City; she died in 1939.

The daughter of noted stage and film producer William A. Brady, Brady studied voice and began her stage career as a singer-actress in operettas, at first using the stage name Rose Marie.

In her twenties, she established herself as a fine dramatic performer on Broadway and in silent films, many of which were produced by her father’s company. On the screen, Brady played romantic leads and was among the highest paid stars during the WWI era. But she became disenchanted with films in the early 1920s, and in 1924 returned to the stage.

It was not until the 1930s that Brady returned to the screen. By that time, she was cast mainly in character roles, ranging from screwball comedy to heavy drama. She was nominated for an Oscar for “My Man Godfrey” (1936) and won the Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in “In Old Chicago” (1938).

Brady died of cancer shortly after completing a key role in John Ford’s “Young Mr. Lincoln” (1939).

Oscar Nominations: 2

1936: My Man Godfrey
1937: In Old Chicago

In 1936, Brady lost the Oscar to Gale Sondergaard, who won for “Anthony Adverse.”