Mary Brian

as Herself in the movie A Trip Through the Paramount Studio

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Real name is Dantzler, Louise Byrdie
Also known as The Sweetest Girl in Pictures
Was born at 17 February 1906 in Corsicana, Texas, USA . Died at 30 December 2002, Del Mar, California, USA (natural causes)

Dubbed "The Sweetest Girl in Pictures", Mary Brian started life asLouise Byrdie Datzler. She was born in Corsicana, Texas, and went tohigh school in Dallas. Her widowed mother had big plans for youngLouise and took her to California in 1923, with the intention ofgetting her into the film business. After several unsuccessfulattempts, a bathing beauty competition in Long Beach resulted in asecond-prize letter of introduction to 'Herbert Brenon' atParamount and the girl with the dark brown curls and blue/gray eyeswound up being screen-tested for the role of Wendy in Peter Pan (1924) , co-starring 'Betty Bronson' and'Esther Ralston' (with whom she would form lifelong friendships).

She got not only got the part but a five-year contract with Paramount(1925-30) and a new name. In 1926 she became one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, which further enhancedher popularity. During the next few years she played ornamental leadsand second leads as adolescent heroines, co-eds and ingénues. Many ofthose early silent features no longer exist today( Paris at Midnight (1926) , among others), though surviving reelsof some, like The Air Mail (1925) , can still be accessed at theLibrary of Congress. Mary effortlessly made the transition from silentsto talkies, co-starring with 'Gary Cooper (I)' as a feistyschoolmarm on the frontier in The Virginian (1929) .

One of herbiggest hits was as Gwen Cavendish in the urbane comedy The Royal Family of Broadway (1930) , with 'Ina Claire (I)' and 'Fredric March' . A thinly disguised caricature of the privatelives of the Barrymore dynasty, it hit the mark to the extent that'Ethel Barrymore' even threatened to sue Paramount. Mary actedthree times opposite 'W. C. Fields' , first as his daughter in Running Wild (1927/I) , later reprising her role for The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934) (the third was Two Flaming Youths (1927) , another lost film).

Signing up for another four-year contract, Mary was one of the all-starcast in the musical Paramount on Parade (1930) and then wasgiven another good part in the first talkie version of The Front Page (1931) . However, she was dropped from hercontract (alongside her more illustrious colleagues 'Fay Wray' and'Jean Arthur (I)' ) when Paramount began to forsake innocence andcharm in favor of glamor and sophistication. From 1932 Mary freelancedand also performed occasionally in vaudeville at the Palace Theater. Arguably her last good picture was the romantic comedy Hard to Handle (1933) , with 'James Cagney (I)' as a grifter(hilariously promoting grapefruit diets, spoofing his infamous scenewith 'Mae Clarke (I)' in The Public Enemy (1931) ). In 1936Mary went to England, where she co-starred opposite'Cary Grant (I)' in The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (1936) .

She then made severalpictures for Poverty Row companies such as Majestic and Monogram,including the low-budget potboiler I Escaped from the Gestapo (1943) . Mary's motion picture career faded after 1937 and she turned towards thestage. In 1940 she went on tour with "Three after Three" , alongside'Simone Simon (I)' and 'Mitzi Green' and later entertainedAmerican troops in the South Pacific as part of the USO. In the 1950's,she enjoyed a brief resurgence on television as the mother of a"Gidget"-type teen in the live CBS sitcom "Meet Corliss Archer" (1954) . After the death of her secondhusband, the film editor 'George Tomasini' , Mary spent herretirement fulfilling a lifelong passion for portrait painting.


There is some small facts about Mary Brian:
  • Once engaged to 'Cary Grant (I)' and once to 'Dick Powell (I)' .
  • When she was cast as Wendy in 1924's Peter Pan (1924) , Paramount cut two years off her age because 18 sounded too old for the part.
  • Painting portraits was a hobby she picked up later in life.
  • Was considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) .
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There is the list of movies, where Mary Brian was taked part:
1 A Trip Through the Paramount Studio movie A Trip Through the Paramount Studio 1927 as Herself
2 Man on the Flying Trapeze movie Man on the Flying Trapeze 1935 as Hope Wolfinger
3 Paramount on Parade movie Paramount on Parade 1930 as Sweetheart (Dream Girl)
4 Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 3 movie Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 3 1935 as Herself
5 Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 5 movie Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 5 1936 as Herself
6 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 5 movie Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 5 1938 as Herself
7 Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove movie Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove 1934 as Herself
8 The Royal Family of Broadway movie The Royal Family of Broadway 1930 as Gwen Cavendish
9 The Street of Forgotten Men movie The Street of Forgotten Men 1925 as Mary Vanhern
10 A Regular Fellow movie A Regular Fellow 1925 as Girl
11 Affairs of Cappy Ricks movie Affairs of Cappy Ricks 1937 as Frances 'Frankie' Ricks
12 Beau Geste movie Beau Geste 1926 as Isabel Rivers
13 Behind the Front movie Behind the Front 1926 as Betty Bartlett-Cooper
14 Black Waters movie Black Waters 1929 as Eunice
15 Blessed Event movie Blessed Event 1932 as Gladys Price
16 Brown of Harvard movie Brown of Harvard 1926 as Mary Abbott
17 Burning Up movie Burning Up 1930 as Ruth Morgan
18 Calaboose movie Calaboose 1943 as Doris Lane
19 Captain Applejack movie Captain Applejack 1931 as Poppy Faire
20 Charlie Chan in Paris movie Charlie Chan in Paris 1935 as Yvette Lamartine
21 College Rhythm movie College Rhythm 1934 as Gloria Van Dayham
22 Danger! Women at Work movie Danger! Women at Work 1943 as Pert
23 Dragnet movie Dragnet 1947 as Anne Hogan
24 Ever Since Eve movie Ever Since Eve 1934 as Elizabeth Vandergrift
25 Fog movie Fog 1933 as Mary Fulton
26 Forgotten Faces movie Forgotten Faces 1928 as Alice Deane
27 Galas de la Paramount movie Galas de la Paramount 1930 as Sweetheart - Episode 'Dream Girl'
28 Girl Missing movie Girl Missing 1933 as June Dale
29 Gun Smoke movie Gun Smoke 1931 as Sue Vancey
30 Hard to Handle movie Hard to Handle 1933 as Ruth Waters
31 Harold Teen movie Harold Teen 1928 as Lillums Lovewell
32 Her Father Said No movie Her Father Said No 1927 as Charlotte Hamilton
33 High Hat movie High Hat 1927 as Millie
34 Hollywood on Parade No. A-9 movie Hollywood on Parade No. A-9 1933 as Herself
35 Homicide Squad movie Homicide Squad 1931 as Millie
36 I Escaped from the Gestapo movie I Escaped from the Gestapo 1943 as Helen
37 I Was a Criminal movie I Was a Criminal 1945 as Frau Obermueller, the Mayor's Wife
38 Its Tough to Be Famous movie Its Tough to Be Famous 1932 as Janet Porter McClenahan
39 Killer at Large movie Killer at Large 1936 as Linda Allen
40 Knockout Reilly movie Knockout Reilly 1927 as Mary Malone
There is the list of some articles of Mary Brian:
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 2 January 2003, pg. B8, by: Wolfgang Saxon, "Mary Brian, 96, an Actress in Silent Films and the Talkies"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 6 August 1927, pg. 398, "Ingenue Lead"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 19 June 1926, pg. 2, "Mary Brian Signs New Famous Players Contract"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 17 January 1925, pg. 277, "Paramount Signs Mary Brian"
The image of Dantzler, Louise Byrdie was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Picture Play" (USA), March 1930
There is the list of some quotes of Mary Brian:
  • [on the marriage of Edmund Lowe and Lilyan Tashman] They played both sides of the tracks.
  • [on working with William Haines in Brown of Harvard] When his friend, Jimmy Shields, used to come on the quite often to see him, I think I just took it for granted.
  • [on homosexuality in Hollywood] I was around all that time, and it didn't seem that it was that big a deal. There were art directors, wonderful, integral part of the business, that were taken for granted. You admired them for their talent. It was no big deal. If there was a big set party, there was never any division there. Franklin Pangborn. He was accepted by everybody on set. They thought he was funny in the things he did. He didn't socialize a great deal. But that was not from any prejudice. I never thought that way.
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