Bryant, Nana, 1888-1955

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Dates:
Birth 1888-11-23
Death 1955-12-24

Biographical notes:

Nana Bryant, stage, screen and television actress, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1888.

She began her acting career at the age of sixteen when she joined a repertory company that later toured in the West. Bryant was the leading lady in stock companies in San Francisco, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine and appeared in Topsy and Eva with the Duncan Sisters. In 1924 she debuted on Broadway in The Firebrand and for the next several years appeared in musicals and comedies in New York.

A contract with Columbia Pictures Corporation took her to Hollywood in 1935 and began a motion picture career that lasted twenty years. She played roles in over ninety films including Mad about Music, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Calling Dr. Gillespie, The Song of Bernadette, Brewster's Millions, The Virginian, Harvey, Bright Victory, and The Private War of Major Benson.

Her television appearances included roles on Robert Montgomery Presents, Studio One, Life with Father, Make Room for Daddy, The First Hundred Years and Our Miss Brooks.

From the description of Nana Bryant papers, 1917-1955. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122682820

Nana Bryant was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1888. She began her acting career at the age of sixteen when she joined a repertory company that later toured in the West. Bryant was the leading lady in stock companies in San Francisco, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine and appeared in Topsy and Eva with the Duncan Sisters. In 1924 she debuted on Broadway in The Firebrand and for the next several years appeared in musicals and comedies in New York.

A contract with Columbia Pictures Corporation took her to Hollywood in 1935 and began a motion picture career that lasted twenty years. She played roles in over ninety films including Mad about Music, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Calling Dr. Gillespie, The Song of Bernadette, Brewster's Millions, The Virginian, Harvey, Bright Victory, and The Private War of Major Benson .

Her television appearances included roles on Robert Montgomery Presents, Studio One, Life with Father, Make Room for Daddy, The First Hundred Years and Our Miss Brooks .

From the guide to the Nana Bryant papers, 1917-1955, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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Subjects:

  • Theater--Maine
  • Theater--Washington (D.C.)
  • Theater
  • Actresses--United States
  • Actresses
  • Theater--California

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  • Washington (D.C.) (as recorded)
  • Maine (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)