Born Feb 17, 1908 in
Corsicana, Texas as Louise Byrdie Dantzler, daughter of Louise and
Taurrence Brian. Attended Bryan High School in Dallas, TX.
Mary Brian is one of the best-liked silent movie
stars both on and off the screen, Mary Brian came to Hollywood in 1923 by way of
a beauty contest. Her first screen role was Wendy in the 1924 version of Peter
Pan, which resulted in a long-term contract with Paramount Pictures. Mary proved
herself equal to the challenge of the microphone with her spirited portrayal of
the frontier heroine in her first all-talkie, The Virginian (1929). Her career
lost momentum in the early 1930s, though she briefly rallied with an amusing
turn as W. C. Fields' faithful daughter in The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)
(a repeat of her role in the 1927 silent Running Wild) and an uncharacteristic
appearance as a heartbreaking femme fatale in the 1936 Henry Fonda vehicle
Spendthrift. Mary retired in 1937, making sporadic comebacks in such
low-budgeters of the 1940s as I Escaped from the Gestapo. Mary Brian's last
on-camera assignment was as Ann Baker's mother on the 1954 syndicated sitcom
Meet Corliss Archer.
In 1940 Mary met John Hitcomb, a magazine illustrator from Darien,
Conn. and the were married on May 4, 1941,k the first marriage for
both of them. On June 28, she announced she would
divorce him on grounds of mental cruelty.
In 1947, Mary married George Tomasini and they were together
until his death in 1964.
Mary passed away in January of 2003. (see
from the collection of
Edward L. Williams