October 1, 1890|
Kansas City, Missouri
|Died||October 9, 1955
|Cause of death||heart disease|
|Spouse(s)||Tom Moore (1914-1920; divorced, 1 child)
James B. Regan (1920-1932; divorced, 1 child)
Clarence Brown (1933-1945; divorced)
Alice Joyce (born October 1, 1890 – October 9, 1955) was an American actress, who appeared in more than 200 film during the 1910s and 1920s, perhaps best known for her roles in the 1923 silent and 1930 talking versions of The Green Goddess.
Alice Joyce was born in Kansas City, Missouri to John Edward and Vallie Olive McIntyre Joyce (1873–1938). She had a brother, Francis "Frank" Joyce (1893–1935), who was 2 years younger who later became an entertainment manager.
By 1900, her parents' marriage fell apart, and her father, John, took custody of little Alice and Frank and moved to Falls Church, Virginia, where Joyce spent most of her childhood. According to the 1910 Census, her mother, Vallie, remarried in 1900 to Leon Faber, and they resided in the Bronx, New York, along with Alice and her brother, Frank, where she was employed as a "photographer's model" and appeared in illustrated songs.
Leap to stardom
It was director Sidney Olcott at the Kalem Company in New York City who gave Alice Joyce her first chance, casting her in his 1910 production, The Deacon's Daughter. She was eventually sent to work under director Kenean Buel on the West Coast after Kalem acquired the old Essanay Studios property in East Hollywood in October 1913. Joyce spent time with Kalem (1910–1915) and Vitagraph (1916–1921), later worked as independent for various studios. Her stardom began to wane with the advent of sound motion pictures.
Alice Joyce was married three times, the first time in 1914 to actor Tom Moore with whom she had a daughter, Alice Joyce Moore (1916–1960). They divorced in 1920. The same year she married James B. Regan, son of the managing director of the old Knickerbocker Hotel; her second daughter was born during this union. They divorced in 1932. The actress eventually went bankrupt before she married for a third time. Her last marriage came in 1933 in Virginia City, Nevada, to film director Clarence Brown; they separated in 1942 and divorced in 1945. The actress retained Brown's name. During their separation, she sued him for reparation on cruelty charges. She resided in Northridge, California. In 1946. Brown remained with Joyce for nine hours after she was seriously injured in a traffic accident and paid her medical bills.
Joyce was known as "The Madonna of the Screen" for her striking features and presence. She made her last movie in 1930, after which she and ex-husband Tom Moore worked a late vaudeville circuit for a time. She declared voluntary bankruptcy in 1933. Joyce was active in San Fernando Valley women's organizations in her later years. She did book reviews and made sketches for friends.
The actress was ill for several years before her death from a blood and heart ailment at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. She was 65 years old. On her death in 1955, Alice Joyce was interred next to her mother, Vallie,in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California. Alice Joyce was survived by two daughters, Mrs. Alice Moore de Tolley of Dover, Delaware and Mrs. Peggy Harris of Clark Fork, Idaho. The actress also had one grandchild and a nephew. She left an estate valued at $175,000, with a gross income of approximately $27,600. Her daughters received a collection of jewelry, including an eight-carat (1.6 g) emerald-cut diamond ring and a 55 carat (11 g) star sapphire ring. The remainder of the estate was placed in trust under terms of the will. The income from this was divided equally between Joyce's daughters.
- The County Fair (1912)
- The Young Millionaire (1912)
- The Street Singer (1912)
- A Business Buccaneer (1912)
- A Battle of Wits (1912)
- The Cub Reporter's Temptation (1913)
- The Triumph of the Weak (1918)
- The Lion and the Mouse (1919)
- The Third Degree (1919)
- The Spark Divine (1919)
- Cousin Kate (1921)
- The Inner Chamber (1921)
- The Green Goddess (1923)
- White Man (1924)
- The Passionate Adventure (1924)
- Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1925)
- Stella Dallas (1925)
- Mannequin (1926)
- Dancing Mothers (1926)
- Beau Geste (1926)
- The Ace of Cads (1926)
- So's Your Old Man (1926)
- Sorrell and Son (1927)
- The Noose (1928)
- The Rising Generation (1928)
- The Squall (1929)
- The Green Goddess (1930)
Alice Joyce in the Media
In the fourth episode of the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire, Nights in Ballygran, Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol) shows her son's fiancee Angela (Aleksa Palladino) an issue of Photoplay magazine and asks casually if she thinks the actress on the cover is 'pretty.' Joyce is the actress depicted on the cover of this issue.
- "Alice Joyce, Star of Silent Movies, Dies." Los Angeles Times. October 10, 1955, Page 1.
- "Alice Joyce Dies; Silent Film Star." New York Times. October 10, 1955, Page 27.
- "Alice Joyce Estate Said to Top $175,000." Los Angeles Times. October 19, 1955, Page 4.
- Kansas State Census Collection, March 1, 1895, Rosedale, Wyandotte County, Kansas, line 4, roll V115-165.
- 1900 United States Federal Census, Falls Church, Virginia
- 1910 United States Federal Census, Bronx Assembly District 30, New York, New York, Enumeration District 30, Sheet 5A.
- Golden, Eve. Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars. McFarland&Company, ISBN 0786408340, 2001, p. 65.
- New York Times. Alice Joyce Gets a Divorce. October 2. 1945. Web. October 18. 2010
- New York Times. Alice Joyce Sues Third Spouse. September 15. 1945. p 18. Web. October 18. 2010
- Pittsburgh Press. Alice Joyce Broke. April 1. 1933. p 2. Web. October 18. 2010
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alice Joyce.|
- Alice Joyce Website
- Alice Joyce on Golden Silents site
- Alice Joyce at the Internet Movie Database
- Alice Joyce at Find a Grave
- Alice Joyce at Virtual History