AUDIENCE NOT NEEDED TO GIVE INSPIRATION
SAYS THEDA BARA
' BY THEDA BARA.
Written Especially for The Day Book.
"Inspiration' is a sadly misused
word in. my opinion.
I have had little addle-brained de
butantes whose days are bounded on
the south by chocolate-in-bed, on the
north' by fox trotting, on the west by
fittings at the modiste's and on the
east by "just-the-tiandsomest-chap!"
hsp at me: "What is your greatest
inspiration, Miss Bara?"
I have had scores of "papa's boys"
ask: "How can you be inspired, with
nothing but a camera in front of you,
instead of an audience?"
Do you suppose I ever see that
camera when I am acting? Do you
imagine I hear its click? No,!
Only in the beginning was I con
scious of even my limited stage. That
was when my director had boards
placed on the floor to define the ten
One day, in the midst of a scene,
I tripped over one of these boards
and was thrown to the floor. The
shock of being dragged out of my
character was greater than the phys
ical shock. But that is the only in
stance I can recall where the me
chanics of motion picture acting en
tered into my calculations.
Now, as to real inspiration. I am
using the word in defiance of all ar
tistic ethics because I want to make
my meaning clear. A person should
be imbued with inspiration only
when he can inspire others. That
is what I live for.
It has been figured that more than
1,000,000 people a day see me on the
screen. Can you realize what that
means? A great theatrical star may
play in New York a year. The aver
age theater seats 1,500 persons. That
means a little more than 500,000 per
sons a year, if they play to full hous
es which they don't
There you have the great contrast
What greater thrill than the thought
that out in some rough mining town
the face and work of Theda Bara
are known? That up in a prim, lit
tle New England village, whose
doughnuts and apple pie are finer
than the chef d'oeuvre of any French
chef, folk speak of Theda Bara as
their favorite actress?
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