Silent Movie Star Beauty Maude Fealy

Maude Fealy, 1915

These vintage photos of Maude Fealy show exactly how incredibly beautiful this American stage and silent film actress was. Born in 1883, she was one of the lucky few whose career survived into the talkie era. She retired in 1958.

Maude Fealy photo

Maude Fealy photo

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Maude Fealy actress 1911 vintage photos

Maude Fealy in Moths, movie poster Maude Fealy

Maude Fealy’s first silent film was made for Thanhouse Studio in 1911. She starred in Moths and the Legend of Provence.  Although under contract with them she left early to perform on stage with her husband.

Fealy was a great friend of the legendary director Cecil B. DeMille and it was him who offered her many film roles.  The Ten Commandments, filmed in 1956 was one such movie.

The pretty Maude Fealy was believed to have been married to the actor William Gillette.  This however was only a rumour.  She was married and divorced three times:

John Cort Jr. (9 January 1920 – 1923) (annulled)
James Durkin (28 November 1909 – 18 June 1917) (divorced)
Louis Sherwin (15 July 1907 – 25 September 1909) (divorced)

The following humours quote is attributed to actress.  She said it upon meeting actor William Gillett:

When he said I looked too young I hurried downtown and got my first long skirt. When next I saw Mr. Gillette my hair was done up for the first time, and I wore high heeled slippers, so that I looked a good deal more of a woman. He laughed and said I looked lots older, but I know I didn’t. I will never forget that skirt. It didn’t fit me – it didn’t begin to. The amount of trouble I had to try and make it presentable would only be appreciated by a woman. However, I firmly believe that skirt got me the position, and, as I consider myself a very fortunate girl in getting it, I naturally cherish my first long skirt.

Maude Fealy died on November 9, 1971 in Los Angeles.  Anita Page was a contemporary of Fealy and has some great photos too!