Pauline Curley Peach
December 19, 1903
Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||December 11, 2000 96) (aged|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Other names||Pauline Peach|
|Spouse(s)||Kenneth Peach (May 22, 1922–27 February 1988, his death)|
Pauline Curley's mother, Rose Curley, brought her into show business at the age of 4, at first on stage in vaudeville shows. In 1910 at 6 years old Rose brought Pauline to New York City to find her work in the newly established silent movie industry and on the stage, getting her bit parts in a variety of movies, as well as weekly stage performances in Uncle Tom's Cabin and Little Lord Fauntleroy for the Jack Packard Stock Company. In 1915 at 11 she appeared on stage in "Polygamy" at the Park Theatre in New York City. Her mother gave different ages for Pauline depending on the requirements of the role, leaving her confused about her actual age, which she only learned in 1998 when she was 94.
Pauline Curley's acting career spanned the period of 1903 starting as a baby and finishing when she was 25 in 1929, after which she retired from acting although she retained a connection to the movie business through her cinematographer husband.
Entry into movies
Curley's first motion picture was Tangled Relations (1912). She played one of the children in a movie which starred Florence Lawrence and Owen Moore. For an audition for The Straight Road in 1914, Pauline was dressed as a boy to land a part as an orphan; a variety of such roles followed, "cornering the market in orphans and waifs".
She married cinematographer Kenneth Peach in 1922, taking his last name as Pauline Curley Peach and remaining married until his death in 1988. They were married for nearly 66 years. They had three children, two sons and one daughter. Pauline died a few days short of her 97th birthday.
Move to Hollywood
Her mother took Pauline Curley to Hollywood in 1917 in search of more lucrative work. She soon landed the role of Princess Irina of Russia in Herbert Brenon's The Fall of the Romanovs, her first Hollywood work and, according to Variety, her best known. In 1918 she was a leading lady in five films, including working opposite Douglas Fairbanks as the leading lady in King Vidor's first full-length feature, The Turn in the Road.
Curley supported Douglas Fairbanks and Tully Marshall in Bound in Morocco (1918). This is a farcical tale of a young American's adventures in Morocco. In 1920 she was featured in The Invisible Hand, a Vitagraph serial with Brinsley Shaw and Antonio Moreno. It was directed by William J. Bauman. This was her first Western, a genre that would henceforth dominate her work.
In 1926 Curley played with Helen Chadwick, Jack Mulhall, and Emmett King, in The Naked Truth. It was a film about parents who failed to tell their children about the mysteries of life at the appropriate time. It deals with the consequences.
Villecco, Tony (2001) Silent Stars Speak; McFarland. p. 47 ISBN 0-7864-0814-6
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