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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 29, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 14

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MARY PICKFORD, MOST POPULAR GIRL IN THE
WORLD, TELLS OWN STORY OF HER LIFE
BY IDAH McGLONE GIBSON
Chapter I.
(Copyright, 1915, Newspaper Enter
prise Association.)
Who is the most popular girl in
America?
"Mary Pickford."
Correct!
Every night at least ten million
people say, "Hello, Mary" across
the footlights of the moving-picture
theaters and out of the ten million
people, at least three million are girls,
who, in their heart of hearts, are
wishing they could be popular moving-picture
actresses and wondering
how in the world they can "break
in" and what they would have to do
to be successful if they did.
So many letters have come to the
Day Book that I was assigned to
cross the country to Los Angeles and
ask the little actress to tell her secret
to her many aspiring friends and ad
mirers. "What must a, young woman have,
and what must she acquire to be a
successful movie actress," I asked
her, among other things. And Miss
Pickford told me. She, however,
being modest, has neglected to say
that the woman who is a successful
movie actress must have, first, both
poise and beauty.
"Isn't it too bad," I said, the mo
ment I saw her, "that you are not as
pretty on the scr.een as you are off?"
Her beautiful hazel eyes were lifted
with an expression that was helf sur
prise and half gratitude, for Mary
Pickford has no self-consciousness,
nor vanity.
She does not look over eighteen
years of age. In her little black vel
vet, girlish frock and her grey Tip
perary hat, with one white gardenia
in front, and tiny streamers behind,
she reminds me in some way of that
Pnscilla described by Longfellow.
Off the screen Mary Pickford di
vests herself of the Mary Pickford
curls which she has made the fashion
fbr all the girls on the Pacific coast.
She ties them up in a simple knot
behind, but some of them escape and
float about her face in picturesque
disorder. She has the manner and
simplicity of a child, and yet speaks
with the philosophical directness of a
woman of forty.
In fact, she is but twenty years old.
She has the delicately pointed handof
the artist, but walks with a decisive
step, which, if extremely graceful,
shows energy, determination, and,
above all, the perfect poise, which I
found to be, perhaps, her most fas
cinating asset.
Mary Pickford, you will see by
this description, is rather a contra
dictory character.
Her voice, which her numerous ad
mirers have never heard, has a soft,
sweet, childish quality. It is not very
strong,-but expresses in intonation
every flicker of emotion that passes
across her speaking face.
More than any other actress, she
reminds me of Sarah Bernhardt, and
although Bernhardt is old enough to
be her great grandmother, yet Miss
Pickford shows the same wondrous
vitality in the same delicate body,
and she has the same enthusiasm in
life and living that I have always
found in the great tragedian.
I am quite sure that nothing can
come to either of them that will
break their indomitable courage ' or
quench their everlasting ambition.
"It's a long story," she said, "this
making of unsuccessful movie actress.
To write it, one must' almost write
the history of one's life, for I am sure
that to be a successful picture artist
one must have exactly the same at-
I tributes, the same talents, the same
Her quaintness is one of her great emotions and the same general out-
charms. I look on the affairs of every day that

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