BRADNAI May 1938
NEW YORK-^-When dark-eyed Olympe '.Bradna, the only circus performer ever to reach stardom in rhotion pictures, came to New York the other day, the first show she went to see was—a circus. And being a circus child of an old circus circus family, she naturally found there a member of her clan—an uncle who was serving as ringmaster. ringmaster. "I made my debut when I w;as 18 months -old," Miss Bradna told this correspondent. "I crawled out of my bed—really a theatrical trunk—crept to t the stage, and joined joined my family's dog act." She was such a sensation that she was allowed allowed to join the act every night after that. • : Miss Bradna's climb to fame has been rapid, yet she has worked all the way up. She was starred as an acrobatic dancer, in a circus at 3 years. She was a featured, dancer on .the stage at the age of 12. Sha "stopped the show" in a New York night club at 14, and is now starred starred in Hollywood at 17. Born in Paris, this daughter of Jeanne and Joseph Bradna had.real "troupers" for parents. Their act didn't even stop when Olympe was born. Father Bradna carried on alone that night. "Circus people and motion pic- ture'people all work for the same sort of audiences," .Miss Bradna continued, "but after that, their lives are absolutely different. "Life with a circus is very hard ''and tiring. Two shows a day, packing packing and unpacking costumes, and constant traveling, are wearing. In Hollywood, we work very hard when we are making a picture, but after that we can have a home and friends." Miss Bradna—a striking beauty with a heart-shaped face, tremendous tremendous brown eyes and. curly dark hair—is fond of Hollywood and has no desire to go back to circus life, even though she admits it is fascinating. fascinating. She owns a little ranch house in the suburbs of Hollywood, and ah,occasional trip to New York is all % she asks. When Miss Bradna was dancing at a New .York cabaret, the French Casino, three years ago, a talent scout saw her and urged her to make,a screen test. » "My English was so terribla then," she laughed, "that I knew I would never do. So, while I danced at night, I studied English every afternoon. At the end of three months, I made my screen tasc, signed a contract, and went to Hollywood. I spent six months there just perfecting my speech, and getting used to acting before I ever appeared in a picture." ; She longs to appear in a movie dramatization of Joan of Arc's life.