Maude Fealy (March 4, 1883 - November 9, 1971) was an American stage and film actress, and is the first of our non-muses.
Her real name was Maude Mary Hawk, and she was born in Memphis, Ténesi. Her mother was also an actress and teacher of interpretation, and without a doubt the inspiration of her life, since from a very young age, she educated her in love for theater, appearing on stage with her mother when she was three years old. She was a successful actress who, being very young (17 years old), premiered on Broadway with the Quo Vadis production, also with her mother. Between 1902 and 1905 he toured the United Kingdom with the company of Henry Irving, and in 1907 was the star of various traveling productions in the United States.
But what is more known to Maude Fealy is for being one of the pioneering actresses of silent movies, being her first film in 1911, in a production of Thanhouser Company, David Copperfield, filming another 18 films until 1917, after which she did not work for the cinema for fourteen years.
But her passion for the theater did not stop and despite her success on the big screen the summers of 1912 and 1913 she organized and starred in performances with the Fealy-Durkin Company.
So it is not so well known, but perhaps its most interesting aspect is its commercial success as an author and interpreter. She wrote "The Red Cap" in collaboration with Grant Stewart, New York playwright and performer, 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," in collaboration with Alice Gerstenberg.
She knew how to transmit her love for theater and throughout her career Fealy taught interpretation in many cities where she 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 she lived in Los Angeles, California, as part of the Federal Theater project, and at age 50 he returned to the cinema to play supporting roles, including an uncredited performance in The Ten Commandments. In her last years of her career she wrote and acted in shows, programs, and conferences for schools and social organizations.