Joyce (Coad) Growing Toward Stardom (MOVING PICTURE WORLD HOLLYWOOD OFFICE June 25, 1927)

MOVING PICTURE WORLD – HOLLYWOOD OFFICE June 25, 1927

The Hollywood Photographic Section

Joyce Growing Toward Stardom

Among the youngsters that have been coming to the front upon the screen of late, few if any, have displayed greater possibilities than Joyce Coad, a diminutive bundle of personality, who doesn’t look over seven or eight years of age.

Clara Bow in Children of Divorce 1927
Clara Bow in Children of Divorce 1927
Yvonne Pelletier as Little Jean and Joyce Coad as Little Kitty... Children of Divorce (1927)
Yvonne Pelletier as Little Jean and Joyce Coad as Little Kitty… Children of Divorce (1927)

The genius of the little girl was evidenced in her noteworthy performance in Paramount’s recent production, “Children of Divorce,” co-starring Clara Bow and Esther Ralston. In fact, the work of Joyce was one of the few saving graces of an otherwise mediocre picture.

The Scarlet Letter Lillian Gish
Lillian’s Protegee The story of “The Scarlet Letter” gave Lillian Gish, as Hester Prynne, many scenes with little Joyce Coad, who plays Pearl. And Miss Gish believes that Joyce, who is the winner of a California baby contest, will win an esteemed place for herself on the screen. Photo Motion Picture Magazine (Aug 1926-Jan 1927)

In “The Scarlet Letter,” with Lillian Gish, the youngster also attracted widespread attention. Incidentally Joyce is a protege of Miss Gish’s and sort of a fairhaired child on the M-G-M “lot,” where her delightful personality has won her a host of friends, from stars down to the lowliest studio employees.

Hester Prynne worried for her ill daughter - Lillian Gish - Scarlet Letter
Hester Prynne worried for her ill daughter – Lillian Gish – Scarlet Letter

It was while visiting with Francis X. Bushman during the filming of the chariot races with “Ben Hur” that Joyce came under the observation of M-G-M officials. A screen test resulted and she was immediately cast in “The Devil’s Circus” starring Norma Shearer. She is now starting on her second year in pictures and at the rate she is traveling she ll reach the limited circle of child stars before long.

We happened to run into the little girl at First National, where she had been called for an interview for a part in a forthcoming production. To the best of our knowledge she got the part.

Joyce Coad 1927 MP World Staff Photo
Joyce Coad 1927 MP World Staff Photo
Moving Picture World (Jun 25 1927) Joyce Coad - Scarlet Letter
Moving Picture World (Jun 25 1927) Joyce Coad – Scarlet Letter

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