Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Alice Joyce (1890-1955)

Alice Joyce as seen in 1912.

  Born in Kansas City on October 1, 1890, Alice Joyce was one of the premier stars of the silent movie era. As a teen she had worked as a model before breaking into the movies about 1910 with the film The Engineer’s Sweetheart. She played in several Westerns during the early years, particularly as [Read More...]

Catholics in the Movies: Allan Dwan (1885-1981)

Allan Dwan

A surprising number of Hollywood’s greatest directors were Catholic, including John Ford, Raoul Walsh and Allan Dwan. Born Joseph Aloysius Dwan in Canada, he moved to the United States at age eleven. At the University of Notre Dame, he majored in engineering, but he was more interested in motion pictures. In New York, he started [Read More...]

Catholics in the Movies: Francis Ford (1881-1953)

Francis Ford

One of the lead figures of film during the 1910’s was Francis Ford. Born Francis Feeney in Portland, Maine, he served in the Spanish-American War before moving into stage and theater.  It was said he took the name Ford from a stage actor for whom he was an understudy. When the actor was too drunk [Read More...]


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