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His real name was Maude Mary Hawk, and he was born in Memphis, Ténesi. Her mother was also an actress and acting teacher, and undoubtedly the inspiration of her life since since she was a child, she raised her in love for the theater, appearing on the scene with her mother at age three. She was a successful actress who, when she was very young (17 years old), premiered on Broadway with the production Quo Vadis, also with her mother. Between 1902 and 1905 he toured the United Kingdom with the company of Henry Irving, and in 1907 he was the star of several itinerant productions in the United States.
But what Maude Fealy is best known for is one of the pioneering actresses of silent films, being his first film in 1911, in a production of Thanhouser Company, David Copperfield, shooting another 18 films until 1917, after which He worked for the cinema for fourteen years.
But his passion for the theater did not cease and despite his success on the big screen the summers of 1912 and 1913 he organized and starred in performances with the Fealy-Durkin Company.
For what she is not so well known, but perhaps it is her most interesting facet is for her commercial successes as an author and interpreter. He wrote "The Red Cap" in collaboration with Grant Stewart, playwright and New York interpreter, and the play was performed at the National Theater in Chicago in August 1928. Other works written by Fealy are "At Midnight" and "The Promise," this one. in collaboration with Alice Gerstenberg.
He knew how to convey his love for the theater and throughout his career Fealy taught acting in many cities where he lived, such as Grand Rapids (Michigan); Burbank (California) and Denver, Colorado. Thus, it opened centers such as the Maude Fealy Studio of Speech, the Fealy School of Stage and Screen Acting, and the Fealy School of Dramatic Expression.
In the 1930s he lived in Los Angeles, California, as part of the Federal Theater project, and at the age of 50 he returned to the cinema to play cast roles, including an uncredited performance in The Ten Commandments. In his last years of career he wrote and performed in shows, programs, and conferences for schools and social organizations.