Alice E. Brown

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Alice E. Brown (Joyce)

Birthplace: Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Cause of death: blood and heart ailment
Place of Burial: Mission Hills, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Edward Joyce and Vallie Olive Joyce
Ex-wife of Clarence Leon Brown; James B. Regan, Jr. and Tom Moore
Mother of Margaret Zellweger and Alice Mary Miller
Sister of Francis G. Joyce

Occupation: switchboard operator, model, silent film actress
Managed by: Ante Raic
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About Alice E. Brown

Alice Joyce was an American actress, who appeared in more than 200 movies during the 1910s and 1920s, perhaps best known for her roles in The Green Goddess.

It was director Sidney Olcott at the Kalem Company in New York City who gave Alice Joyce her first chance, casting her in his 1910 production, The Deacon's Daughter. She was eventually sent to work under director Kenean Buel on the West Coast after Kalem acquired the old Essanay Studios property in East Hollywood in October 1913. Joyce spent time with Kalem (1910-1915) and Vitagraph (1916-1921), later worked as independent for various studios. Many of her roles found her playing a sweetheart, a wife, and a mother. Her stardom began to wane with the advent of sound motion pictures.

Joyce was known as "The Madonna of the Screen" for her striking features and presence. She made her last movie in 1930, after which she and ex-husband Tom Moore worked a late vaudeville circuit for a time. Joyce was active in San Fernando Valley women's organizations in her later years. She did book reviews and made sketches for friends.

The actress was ill for several years before her death from a blood and heart ailment at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. She was 65 years old. On her passing in 1955, Alice Joyce was interred next to her mother, Vallie,in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California. Funeral services were performed by the Oswald Mortuary in North Hollywood, California. A Requiem Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Peace Church in Sepulveda, California.


   * 1912: The County Fair
   * 1912: The Young Millionaire
   * 1912: The Street Singer
   * 1912: A Business Buccaneer
   * 1912: A Battle of Wits
   * 1913: The Cub Reporter's Temptation
   * 1918: The Triumph of the Weak
   * 1924: White Man
   * 1925: Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
   * 1925: Stella Dallas
   * 1926: So's Your Old Man
   * 1926: Beau Geste
   * 1927: Sorrell and Son
   * 1930: The Green Goddess
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HOLLYWOOD - Alice Joyce, reigning beauty of silent films, is seriously ill of a liver ailment. The 64-year-old former wife of actor Tom Moore and director Clarence Brown is in Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. Her daughter, Mrs. Alice de Tolly, wife of Maj. Nicholas de Tolly, U.S. air attache in Paris, flew here to be at her bedside. She was in films herself for a while as Alice Moore. Miss Joyce was born in Kansas City. She began, her movie career with the old Kalen Co., and was a star with Vitagraph. Her film career extended into talking pictures and she was still before the cameras in the early '30s.

Publication: The Corpus Christi Caller-Times Location: Corpus Christi, Texas Issue Date: Saturday, November 27, 1954 Page 5

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Alice E. Brown's Timeline

October 1, 1890
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
November 23, 1915
Age 25
New York, New York, United States
October 9, 1955
Age 65
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States