Saturday, September 25, 2010

Grace Bradley Boyd, R. I. P.

Obituary: Grace Bradley Boyd dies at 97; actress, widow of William 'Hopalong Cassidy' Boyd - "Grace Bradley Boyd, an actress who came to Hollywood as a Paramount contract player in the early 1930s but abandoned her career after marrying the love of her life, William 'Hopalong Cassidy' Boyd, has died. She was 97.

Boyd, the keeper of the 'Hoppy' flame after the death of her western movie-hero husband of 35 years in 1972, died of age-related causes on her birthday Tuesday at her home in Dana Point, said Jane Mak, a longtime close friend."

Hat tip to Gar Anthony Haywood.


Ed Gorman said...

She played a prominent part in the documentary about Boyd's life. She was likely in her seventies then, still lovely and gracious. I always liked Hoppy because of his sense of humor, something you rarely saw in B movie heroes. She had the same kind of with.

Dick Sparks said...

Actually, since she died in 2010 at 97, she was about 87 when she filmed that 2001 biography, PUBLIC HERO #1, not in her seventies. While I imagine she had some plastic surgery done over the years, into here 90s she still looked beautiful and some 15-20 years younger. She often wore aqua SW jewelry around her neck, where her age showed a bit more.
Dick Sparks, a long-time Hoppy fan