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MARY PICKFORD KNOWS YOU ARE WATCHING
HER THAT7S WHAT MAKES HER WORK GOOD
(This is the fifth chapter of Idah
McGlone Gibson's interview with
Mary Pickford, in which the noted
movie actress tells the story of her
BY IDAH McGLONE GIBSON
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper
"So many people have asked me by
letter and by word of mouth, 'Why
did you leave the legitimate for the
movies?' And I have always an
swered, 'Because I can interest more
people.' " said Mary Pickford.
"The most popular talking actress
in this country, Maude Adams, pos
sibly talked to ten million people dur
ing the season. But movie statisti
cans telf me that I project a wordless
story into the minds of ten millions
of people every 24 hours.
"It makes one rather awed, but it
is a beautiful thought, and 6ne that
I hug to my heart when I grow weary
and tired and feel sometimes that
perhaps the game is not worth the
"To think that you can bring a
half-hour's joy into the hearts of
those that are perhaps vainly trying
to forget themselves, or stir the imag
ination of others to more beautiful
ideas, is an incentive to do the very
best possible work you can.
"I try to make every picture as per
fect as possible. Indeed, for a few
hours, I forget myself and live in it.
I am not acting for the camera. I
am telling a story to ten million peo
ple who are hungry for entertain
ment, to have their imagination
whetted until they forget themselves.
"That 'the movies' is an art, has
been demonstrated by its human ap
peal. You know Tolstoy said the
greatest art is that which appeals to
the greatest number.
"If this is true, then the moving
picture is the geratest artistic tri
umph that has ever been conceived
"Another very strong reason I have
for liking my work is the fact that to
be a successful movie actress, one
must live the life of a gypsy. It
means living in the open, doing the
simple things of life simply, making
the abvious seem artistic, and the
monotonous affairs of every day to
appear as a part of one's ideals.
"I am very fond of everything that
is simple in life. I like to dress sim
ply, to speak simply, to be myself. I
love to get on an old gown or even
a pair of overalls and go rushing
about the country from morning until
"There is more pleasure to me in
seeing the sun rise than in watching
the electric lights go out one by one.
And I would feel that I had done' a
great thing for humanity if I could
bring through my pictures this joy
in simple living home to my audi
ences make them realize that hap
piness is a state of mind.
"I wish I could make the people
understand that the girl who has
everything has nothing. It is only
when we want things very very much
and we work very hard for them, that
they are sweet to us."
"Even the love we work for hard
est is the love we most appreciate.
"To be sated is to be miserable.
The blase man is always a pessimist,
and the blase woman is the most
wearied and wearying thing on earth.
"You little girls who want to be
movie actresses, be sure that it is not
the rewards you are after. Be sure
it is your ambition to do good work,
the desire not only to benefit your
selves, but others, and I think you
will be more apt to find the success
ful pot of gold at the end of the rain
bow of your dreams."
(To Be Continued.)