|Born||September 21, 1913|
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Died||September 21, 2010 97) (aged|
Dana Point, California, United States
|Other names||Grace Bradley Boyd|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer|
Bradley was born in Brooklyn and was an only child. As a child, she took piano lessons and, by the age of six, she gave her first recital. She attended the Eastman School of Music near Rochester, New York by age 12, after winning a scholarship. Originally, she had wanted to become a professional pianist. While in school, she took dance lessons and played piano.
Her grandfather had wanted her to be educated in Berlin, Germany so that she could receive more formal education but a Broadway producer discovered her during one of her dance recitals and hired her for a professional show.
On December 22, 1930, she made her Broadway debut at New York's Hammerstein Theatre in Ballyhoo of 1930. Her next stage appearance came one year later at The Music Box Theatre in The Third Little Show. Soon Bradley found herself working in various New York nightclubs and theatres. In March 1933, she appeared in Strike Me Pink at the Majestic Theatre. She left the show after deciding to give Hollywood a try.
Although she made one film in 1932, her film career did not gather steam until she starred in the film Too Much Harmony (1933), which provided her "first film credit". She was under contract to Paramount Pictures beginning in 1933, and reportedly took home $150 per week.
An obituary of Bradley noted, "From 1933 to 1943, she appeared in dozens of quickly made second features, often cast as what were termed 'good-time girls,' as distinct from good girls, sometimes with invented ooh-la-la French names."
In the 1930s, she became one of the period's most popular musical stars. Her other screen credits include parts in:
- Too Much Harmony (1933) - Verne La Mond
- The Way to Love (1933) - Sunburned Lady
- Girl Without a Room (1933) - Nada
- Six of a Kind (1934) - Goldie
- Wharf Angel (1934) - Saloon Girl
- Come on Marines! (1934) - JoJo La Verne
- She Made Her Bed (1934) - Eve Richards
- The Cat's-Paw (1934) - Dolores Doce
- Redhead (1934) - Dale Carter
- The Gilded Lily (1935) - Daisy
- Stolen Harmony (1935) - Jean Loring
- Old Man Rhythm (1935) - Marion Beecher
- Two-Fisted (1935) - Marie
- Rose of the Rancho (1936) - Flossie
- Anything Goes (1936) - Bonnie LeTour
- Dangerous Waters (1936) - Joan Marlowe
- Thirteen Hours by Air (1936) - Trixie La Brey
- F-Man (1936) - Evelyn
- Three Cheers for Love (1936) - Eve Bronson
- Sitting on the Moon (1936) - Polly Blair
- Don't Turn 'Em Loose (1936) - Grace Forbes
- Larceny on the Air (1937) - Jean Sterling
- O.H.M.S. (1937) - Jean Burdett
- Roaring Timber (1937) - Kay MacKinley
- Wake Up and Live (1937) - Jean Roberts
- Blazing Glory (1937)
- It's All Yours (1937) - Constance Marlowe
- The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938) - Grace Fielding
- Romance on the Run (1938) - Lily Lamont
- Roaring Timer (1938)
- The Invisible Killer (1939) - Sue Walker
- Sign of the Wolf (1941) - Judy Weston
- The Hard-Boiled Canary (1941) - Madie Duvalie
- Brooklyn Orchid (1942) - Sadie McGuerin
- The McGuerins from Brooklyn (1943) - Sadie McGuerin
- Taxi, Mister (1943) - Sadie McGuerin aka O'Brien (final film role)
Personal life and post-career activities
In May 1937, Bradley agreed to a blind date and met Hopalong Cassidy star William Boyd. The two of them hit it off so well that they married in June 1937. The union was happy but childless. In the 1940s, Bradley's star began to wane and, in 1943, she starred in her last big role in Taxi, Mister. Following this, Bradley had officially played out her Paramount contract and she spent the remainder of the 1940s alongside her husband William Boyd and traveled around the country with him helping to promote his cowboy image. She did come out of her publicity trips with Boyd to make one more film appearance, an uncredited cameo role in Tournament of Roses (1954).
On September 12, 1972, Boyd died. Following his death, Bradley retired from the entertainment world; however, since she shared such a strong union with her husband she still continued to do things to help keep Boyd's memory alive. She also endured years of fighting for the legal rights to her late husband's 66 "Hopalong Cassidy" features. With her acting career behind her, she devoted her time to volunteer work at the Laguna Beach Hospital where her husband had spent his final days.
Grace Bradley Boyd, at age 97, died on her birthday in 2010. Two days later, private services were held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where she was interred with her husband in the Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Sacred Promise.
- Bergan, Ronald (November 8, 2010). "Grace Bradley obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- "Hollywood Horizon Shines With Light of Rising Stars; Grace Bradley Stands Out in New Line-Up". California, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Sun. June 23, 1935. p. 10. Retrieved April 17, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Grace Bradley profile, Virtual-History.com; accessed August 7, 2015.
- "Ballyhoo of 1930 - Cast". Playbill. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- Grace Bradley at the Internet Broadway Database
- Grace Bradley on IMDb
- Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 34, Ideal Publishers
- McLellan, Dennis (September 24, 2010). "Grace Bradley Boyd dies at 97; actress, widow of William 'Hopalong Cassidy' Boyd". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
- Boyd, Grace Bradley and Cochran, Michael (2008) Hopalong Cassidy: An American Legend Gemstone, York, Pennsylvania; ISBN 978-1-60360-066-8