BRADNA MAy 1938
NEW STARLET THINKS FILMS HAVE IT OVER CIRCUS LIKE A TENT By BETTY JANE FERGUSON i NEA Service Staff Correspondent | New York, May !».—When dark- eyed Olympe Bradna, the only circus circus performer ever.to reach stardom-in stardom-in motion pictures, came to New.York the other day, the flrst show" she went to see was—a circus. And being a circus'family, she naturally naturally found there .a member'of her clan—an uncle who was serving as ringmaster. "I made my debut* when I was 18 months old," Miss. Bradna told this correspondent. "I crawled out of my bed—really a theatrical trunk —crept to the stage, and' joined my family's dog act." She was such a sensation that she was allowed to join the act every night after that. '. Miss Bradha'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 8 years. She was a featured dancer on the stage at the.age of 12, She 'stopped the show." in a New York night club at 14, and is now starred in Hollywood at 17. . Born In Paris, tnia daughter of Jeanne and Joseph Bradna had real "troupers" for parents. Their act didnt even stop when Olympe was born.' Father Bradna carried on alone that night. '"Circus people and motion picture picture 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, pack- Ing and unpacking 'costumes, and constant traveling, are wearing, In Hollywood, we work very hard when we are making a picture, but after ;hat we can have a home »nd friends." Miss Bradna—a striking beauty with a heart-shaped face, tremendous tremendous brown eyes arid curly dark hair —Is'fond of Hollywood and has no desire to go back to circus life, even •hough she admits It Is fascinating. She owns a little ranch house'In -he'-suburbs of Hollywood, tnd an xwastonal trip to New York is all he uki, When Miss Bradn* was dancing it a New York cabaret, the French Otsfno, three years ago, a talent scout. *»w her and urged her to make » icwen test. "My English was ao.ttrrlbl* then," h« laughed, "that I knew I would never do. So, while I danced at night, I studied English every afternoon. afternoon. At the end of three months I made my screen test, signed-' t contract, and went to Hollywood I spent six months there lust per- BnUtn* f ectlng my speefih, and gettlng'uwd to acting-befor* I ever appeared in a picture." . . She lotigs to appear In t movie dramatization of Joan of Arc's life, 'Now, her studio's enterprising publicity 'men ar«i spreading the itory that her-new picture, "Stolen Heaven," Miss Bradna Is kissed lor the flrst time. When asked about this, her answer answer was a blush—which really was no answer at all.