Mary Brian (1906-2002)

Beautiful Mary Brian, Silent Movie Star

“The Sweetest Girl In Pictures”

Beautiful silent screen star Mary Brian was born Louise Byrdie Dantzler on February 17th, 1906 in Corsicana, Texas. As a teenager, Mary scored her big break when she was cast to play Wendy in the Paramount 1924 silent classic film version of “Peter Pan” opposite newcomer Betty Bronson as Peter. Almost all of Mary’s career was spent at Paramount, making silents and early talkies, opposite some of the biggest male stars of the era, including Ronald Colman, Richard Dix, Gary Cooper, and Richard Arlen. She was romantically linked to stars such as Buddy Rogers and Dick Powell. She was named a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1926. Films of note for Mary besides “Peter Pan” were: 1926’s “Behind The Front”, and 1927’s “Running Wild”, with W.C. Fields, the early talkies classic 1929’s “The Virginian”, with Gary Cooper, and “The Royal Family of Broadway” (1930), an adorable film based on the Edna Ferber play. After 1931, Paramount did not renew Mary’s contract, so she freelanced for several studios, including Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal, and RKO. During World War Two Mary toured with the USO and performed for the military. Mary was married twice, to illustrator Jon Whitcomb, whom she divorced within three months, and then to film editor George Tomasini, from 1947 until his death in 1964. During the 1950’s Mary had a recurring role in the television show “Meet Corliss Archer.” She spent most of her later years pursuing her talent and love for painting. Mary Brian died in old age, and of natural causes, on December 30th, 2002 in Del Mar, California. ~ Copyright © 2004

Mary Brian’s Silent Films

Man I Love, The (1929) …. Celia Fields
Black Waters (1929) …. Eunice
Big Killing, The (1928) …. Old Man Beagle’s Daughter, Mary Beagle
Someone to Love (1928) …. Joan Kendricks
Varsity (1928) …. Fay


Two portraits of the beautiful silent movie star Mary Brian; the first a girlish one from the 1920’s
and the second a more sophisticated look, from the 1930’s

Forgotten Faces (1928) …. Alice Deane
Harold Teen (1928) …. Lillums Lovewell
Partners in Crime (1928) …. Marie Burke, The Cigarette Girl
Under the Tonto Rim (1928) …. Lucy Watson
Two Flaming Youths (1927) …. Mary Gilfoil
Shanghai Bound (1927) …. Sheila

Richard Dix, Mary Brian in Man Power

Mary Brian with Richard Dix in “Man Power” (1927)

Man Power (1927) …. Alice Stoddard
Running Wild (1927/I) …. Elizabeth
Knockout Reilly (1927) …. Mary Malone
High Hat (1927) …. Millie
… aka Behind the Scenes (1927)
Her Father Said No (1927) …. Charlotte Hamilton
Stepping Along (1926) …. Molly Taylor
Prince of Tempters (1926) …. Mary

Betty Bronson and Mary Brian, Peter Pan - 1924

Betty Bronson, as Peter, starred with Mary Brian, as Wendy, in 1924’s “Peter Pan”

Beau Geste (1926) …. Isabel
More Pay – Less Work (1926) …. Betty Ricks
Brown of Harvard (1926) …. Mary Abbott
Paris at Midnight (1926) …. Victorine Tallefer
Behind the Front (1926) …. Betty Bartlett-Cooper
Enchanted Hill, The (1926) …. Hallie Purdy
Little French Girl, The (1925)
Regular Fellow, A (1925) …. Girl
Street of Forgotten Men, The (1925) …. Fancy Vanhern
Air Mail, The (1925) …. Minnie Wade
Peter Pan (1924) …. Wendy Darling

To learn more about Mary Brian visit her profile on The Internet Movie Database

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