Maude’s Eyes


Published in: on May 29, 2007 at 7:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Maude Fealy – Biography – Filmography – Movies – New York Times

Maude Fealy – Biography – Filmography – Movies – New York Times

From All Movie Guide: The daughter of veteran actress/teacher Margaret Fealy, American silent screen actress Maude Fealy (née Hawk) was at one point (1913-1914) positioned as a strong competitor to Mary Pickford. Highly publicized by the Thanhouser Company of New Rochelle, NY, the dark-haired, angelic Fealy fell short of the expectations in the end, however. Although some of her films — Moths (1913), The Runaway Princess (1914), Frou-Frou (1914) — were popular enough, audiences simply failed to warm up to the actress’ glacial beauty*. Fealy and her husband James Durkin left Thanhouser in late 1914, and although she starred for other companies, often in her own screenplays, she was always more appreciated on the legitimate stage.

*Ed. note: What a bummer.


Published in: on May 27, 2007 at 5:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

So Many Photos, So Little Time

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More of the Thanhouser Bio…

With Thanhouser: Maude Fealy appeared in several Thanhouser films in 1911 and 1912, and worked at the New Rochelle studio between stage engagements. She played occasional parts at the time and was not featured in Thanhouser publicity releases or advertisements.

In April 1913, following stage appearances in the road show of The Right Princess, she signed a three-year contract with Charles J. Hite to appear in Thanhouser films. She came to New Rochelle and spent seven weeks with the production company for the film, King René’s Daughter. Her husband, James Durkin, accompanied her and also secured a position with Thanhouser. Parts of June, July, and August were spent back in Denver, where she was on stage at the Lakeside Theatre at Elitch’s Gardens.

Following the stage shows, Miss Fealy and her husband were scheduled to go back to New Rochelle. From there, she would “join the Thanhouser Company on an expedition to Nova Scotia, where Evangeline will be given a most elaborate production in the original locale of Longfellow’s immortal book among ‘the murmuring pines and hemlocks’ of ‘the forest primeval,'” according to a news item.

Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Tennyson’s Elaine were also said to be scheduled. Although The Winter’s Tale had been produced by Thanhouser in 1910, no 1913 version was ever made, nor did the New Rochelle firm ever release films under the titles of Evangeline or Elaine.

A New Rochelle city directory noted that Maude Fealy lived at Beacon Hall, an apartment building adjacent to the Thanhouser studios, in 1913. In 1914 Maude Fealy is not listed, but there is a listing for an Ellen Fealy at 150 Main Street. The New Rochelle Pioneer, October 10, 1914, described her home: “In private life she is Mrs. James Durkin, wife of a Thanhouser director, with whom she scored triumphs in stock on the legitimate stage, and their home is at Home Park, where, with her pets and plants, her art and books, she manages to find life anything but unpleasant. Miss Fealy is now taking a well earned rest from the screen, but those who have seen her work in the past know that there are other triumphs awaiting her.”

She was treated with a queenly respect in Thanhouser publicity and in the trade press 1913-1914, due to her great renown on the stage earlier. Thanhouser films in which she played included Moths, The Legend of Provence, and Frou Frou. She also wrote several scenarios for Thanhouser films. Maude Fealy remained with Thanhouser through middle of summer 1914.

From the look on her face on the cover below, this must have been a VERY dramatic role!!

I find it a little strange that sporting and dramatic news are in the same publication…!


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A Few Pictures of a Younger Maude

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Thanhouser Theater Bio: The Marriages

0f_1_baf.jpgThe Marriages: In 1901 the story made the rounds that Maude Fealy was engaged to be married in William Gillette, with whom she was acting on the English stage, and the story was printed in so many papers that her mother cabled denials to leading press agencies in the United States and England. The union never took place.

On July 15, 1907 Maude Fealy was secretly married to Lewis Hugo Sherwin, a young Englishman who was dramatic critic for the Denver Republican. The couple, fearful of what Maude’s mother might say if she learned of the situation, lived apart for the first two weeks. Then, for a brief time, the newlyweds were together at her parents’ home at 826 East Colfax Street in Denver. Maude’s mother did not approve of the match, and referred to her new son-in-law as a “nobody.” She did her best to split the couple apart. Her stepfather, Rafaello Cavallo, likewise viewed the union with disfavor and was quoted as saying that Sherwin did not earn enough money to keep Miss Fealy provided with gloves, or, for that matter, to buy his own cigars and pay his laundry bills.

Not surprisingly, a rift developed between Maude and her husband when her mother, stating that Maude was not ready for such a marriage, forced her husband to agree to live separately for a year, after which he moved to the East. Miss Fealy subsequently filed for divorce, giving desertion and non-support as the reason. The decree was granted on Saturday, September 25, 1909.

In Washington, D.C., on November 28, 1909 (one account says October 31, 1909), Maude Fealy married an actor who played juvenile leads with Keith’s stock company, James Peter Durkin. Her new mate apparently won his mother-in-law’s approval, for an article datelined St. Paul, Minnesota, December 15, 1909, and printed in The Kansas City Post, quoted him as saying: “I can assure you that the marriage took place with the entire approval of Maude’s mother. We would never have been married without her sanction. We were married in Washington, we don’t care to say where, when, or by whom. Marriage is too sacred to be talked about publicly.”

Using Maude’s financial resources, the couple later formed the Fealy-Durkin stock company, which performed plays in Denver and elsewhere. Sacred or otherwise, the Fealy-Durkin marriage ended in divorce in Denver on June 18, 1917. Subsequently, Maude Fealy made a third and final trip to the altar, to wed James E. Cort. The marriage ended in an annulment in 1923. She never married again.

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Collage of a Few Maude Pictures


Yes, they are manipulated photos, but I have such fun doing it. This includes my favorite photos of  Maude, although picking just a few photos as favorites is HARD!

Published in: on May 15, 2007 at 8:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Maude Fealy, Thanhouser Career Synopsis and Bio, Part One

Thanhouser Career Synopsis: A well-known stage actress,
Maude Fealy appeared in Thanhouser films intermittently in 1911 and 1912 and with fewer
interruptions in 1913 and 1914. She received extensive publicity during her 1913-1914
tenure and was featured in advertising more than any other Thanhouser player. Month after
month, advertisements featuring such multiple-reel films as Moths were run in Reel
Life, The New York Dramatic Mirror,
and elsewhere.
Biographical Notes: Maude Fealy was born Maude Hawk
in Memphis, Tennessee on March 3, 1881 (one account says March 4, 1883), the daughter of
Margaret Fealy (1866-1955), a stage and film actress who conducted an acting school at the
time, and who later was in charge of the Tabor School of Acting in Denver, Colorado. At
one time, Maude’s mother was married to orchestra leader Rafaello Cavallo, who became Miss
Fealy’s stepfather.

Stage Appearances:
At the age of three Maude made her first
appearance on the stage, taking the part of an angel in an adaptation of Faust and
in which her mother played Marguerite. When she was five years old, she
took the part of little Willie in the great melodrama, East Lynne, and was also
seen in the role of Meenie in Rip Van Winkle.

In 1906 she signed a five-year contract with John Cort,
under whom her first appearance was in The Illusion of Beatrice, a comedy by Martha
Morton. In 1907 Maude Fealy began the season in the role of Ernestine in The Truth
another play by Martha Morton, and ended it co-starring with William Collier
in On the Quiet. By this time she was well known as an actress and was featured on
magazine covers and other publicity. In 1907 and 1908 she was seen the leading role in The
Stronger Sex,
a play by John Valentine, which toured Western America and Canada.
Another play, The Right Princess, staged by Maude Fealy and her husband, drew many
enthusiastic reviews during the 1911-1912 season

Ed. Note

This is a beautiful photo of Maude and in one of her typical face forward poses. As lovely as he is, she did not have the most desirable profile

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Theater Magazine, Maude Fealy on Cover



I would love to see inside this old magazine!

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This is my first view of Maude



Maude Fealy

This is the first picture I ever saw of Maude Fealy in 2002. It was part of a six picture collage for sale online. I was stuck by her incredible, regal beauty, almost dumbfounded. Wow, who was she? I had no idea, but I did start to see unidentified photos of her in more photo collections and even a rubber stamp set! Finally, I found a picture of her named Maude. My first thought was Maud Adams, since I had heard of her, but didn’t remember what she looked like. I did a search for Maude, actress. (Apparently, Maude was a popular name in the 1880s, as I found several) But, at last, a name…Maude Fealy. Yippee!! Since then, I have collected hundreds of photos at different ages, in various poses and roles.

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