September 7, 2007

Timmy Candidate #1 - Alice Brady


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ALICE BRADY (1892 - 1939)

Why Alice Brady Could Be Timmy/Shimmy:
* She started out in films (silent), then moved to the stage in 1923, before returning, once again, to films in 1933.
* She starred in "Metropolitan" (1935) with Cesar Romero, who was a heavily closeted male star at that time who never married.
* She was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress in 1936, and won as Best Actress in 1937.
* At the 1937 Academy Awards ceremony, an unknown man accepted Brady's Oscar on her behalf and after the ceremony, neither the man nor the Oscar was ever seen again.
* She died from "a virulent cancer" two years after her Oscar win, and at the height of her popularity, in New York City - - away from Hollywood.
* Very spotty background.
* Had what today could be considered a masculine voice and somewhat masculine features.

Why Alice Brady Could Not Have Been Timmy/Shimmy:
* Her father was a noted theatrical producer in New York, as well as owning New York City's World Studios.
* Briefly married to James Crane from 1920 to 1922.
* She had a notable career in silents and on stage prior to making it big in talkies in Hollywood.
* While she did star with Cesar Romero, some argument could be made as to whether or not Romero was considered an A list star by Hollywood standards, even then.
* Her looks (somewhat androgynous in some shots) were considered the norm for the 1920s and 1930s and cannot conclusively prove that she was really a he.

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