Born in San Francisco in 1875, Minnie Tittell Brune was the most popular actress on the Australian Stage between the years 1904-1909.
Her family were quite religious and so was Minnie, she once said she was "half a nun" She particularly disliked the way men looked at her, and how many people equated "actress" with bad moralily.
She was not very successful overseas but JC Williamson saw something in her that would appeal to Australian audiences. He was right, and she was tremendously popular on the Australian stage.
She played male and female roles and her most famous character was "Sunday" in the Western themed play of the same name.
When Minnie left Australia, her career dwindled. In her later years she returned to the US and after her husband's death,retired to a convent.
She died in Los Angeles in 1974 aged 99 years .