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Gibson and Esther Hoffman, two of 1 boulevard, over the murky Chicago
the contest judges and whirled to the
Hotel La Salle in a taxi.
All Chicago seemed awake to the
fact that America's most beautiful
operator was a guest in the city and
long before Miss-JIough had break
fast, crowds gathered in the hotel
lobby and reporters and camera men
swarmed through the long corridors
leading to the Hough suite.
Miss Hough looked out from the
fifteenth floor of the hotel over the
huge canyons of the financial dis
trict. "Chicago looks like a kiln," she
said, "Omaha 'is so much 'cleaner.
But I'll be fair enough to wait till I
see more of it"
The next "scene" found Miss Hough
posing in the grand ballroom before
a battery of cameras.
"And now for Bssanay's," said the
Across the "loop" through the maze
of early morning traffic, to Michigan I
river rode the famous beauty in an
Essanay limousine, shined and prim
ed for 'this trip.
As if in welcome to America's most
beautiful operator, the haze quickly
cleared and Lake Michigan gleamed
in the sunlight as the big car passed
rapidly north on Lake Shore Drive.
The Potter Palmer home, the lux
urious apartments of Chicago's weal
thy passed in review with the speed of
a moving picture film before the eyes
It was Miss Hough's first visit to
the city by the lake she had never
been out of Omaha.
At the Essanay plant word quickly
travelled around that America's most
beautiful telephone girl was present
There was a whir of excitement.
Beverly Bayne "hurried from her
dressing room to greet the new "staff
member." Francis Bushman walked
right off a scene to shake hands with
her. Bryant Washburn almost spoil
ed a scene by his precipitate dash for
an introduction, and even the stage
hands and scene painters paused in
the daily routine of picture making
to see the much heralded star.
Then Director Totten "stopped the
wheels" to show Miss Hough "how it
Promptly at one o'clock, after
luncheon, the first setting of "The
Woman's Way" was completed,
switchboard and all and 'Dorothy'
was hurried off by Gerda Holmes who
proceeded to make her up for the
glare of the vapor lamp.
Then rehearsals began! Bryant
Washburn and Miss Hough rehearsed
two scenes in a half hour.
Mr. Joseph Totten is producer of
"The Woman's Way."
"Miss Hough shows great aptitude
for working before the camera," said
Mr. Totten, when the last scene was
made. "She kept her nerve won
"I have seen seasoned actors get
fidgety when the camera first begins
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