|Née Frances Lucy Adelaide Adey (aka Dale Laurence)
b. 1865, Guildford, Surrey
d. 14 May 1946, Hampstead, London
Adey was the daughter of Fanny Maud Mary East (b. 1841, Wallingford, Surrey) and farmer Sydney Hamilton Adey (b. c1831, Tasmania). Her mother and brother, Sydney Hamilton Adey (b. 1862, Edmonton), died in 1872.
She married solicitor Reginald Brunel Harris (b. 1865, Devon, later Brunel-Norman, son of Worthing schoolmaster Joseph P. Harris) at Kensington in 1888. She is the mother of director Adrian Brunel (b.1892), mother-in-law of Irene “Babs” Brunel, and grandmother of editor/producer John Christopher Brunel (b.1920, London).
In 1901, the couple lived in Hampstead and Adey worked as a “lecturer and reciter”, appearing several times at the Steinway Hall before 1910. She also gave private lessons and ran classes in elocution and dramatic art. A reviewer of one of her poetic recitals given at the Steinway Hall in 1901, which consisted entirely of selections from the works of Browning and D.G. Rossetti, remarked:
Adey wrote the stories for two films. Alongside her son, who worked as scenario editor, she is credited for writing the screenplay for Lady Clare (1919, British Actors), a film starring Mary Odette and based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. In The History of the British Film 1918-1929, Rachael Low notes that Adrian Brunel and Angus MacPhail scripted A Light Woman (Trade Shown December 1928, Gainsborough, alternate title Dolores) from “a novelettish story” written by Adey under the pseudonym Dale Laurence. The film starred Benita Hume and Gerald Ames and, according to Low, was “liked for its locations in Malta and some Spanish dancing but considered weak in dramatic value and criticised for poor acting and characterization” (Low, p.170). The film was directed by Adrian Brunel and shot by Claude McDonnell. (CW)
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Bioscope, 23 October 1919, pp. 86-7, Advertisement for Lady Clare which reprints verses from ‘The Lady Clare’.
From Adrian Brunel, Nice Work (London: Forbes-Robertson, 1949), facing p.30.