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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 31, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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dressed women gather.
Sometimes it's a striped skirt and
plain coat and sometimes this
scheme is reversed.
"We can scarcely meet the demand
for striped velvet," Mme. Jayne of
the Fashion Art League of America
tells me. ,
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RAISING A CHILD TO
BY MRS. GEORGE BECH, '
Mother of Zoe Rae, Highest Paid and
Most Famous Child Player
in the Movies
Every mail brings me letters,
many of them from distant corners
of the earth, asking how I made my
child a movie star. I didn't. I only
helped.
Child actresses are not made.
They are born. No mother can ever
hope to MAKE a motion picture star
v of her baby unless -her child is en
dowed with natural talent This is
a fundamental quality, inborn, arid
unless a little girl is blessed with it at
birth, parents have -absolutely no
chance of ever -arbitrarily moulding
her into a motion picture actress.
My little daughter's talent to a"ct is
her birthright It made her a star.
But talent alone would never have
kept her a star. After six months on
the screen she probably would have
glimmered, 'grown faint and finally
faded out Such is the fate of mot
child actresses. However, in Zoe's
case, the training I haye given her
has spafed her this misfortune.
My little girl, whose right name is
Zoe Bech, was born in Edgewater,
right here in Chicago. She is of
French extraction and hef talent; I
think, is inherited from her grand
mother, an authoress, who wrote un
der the name of Alice Plumbley. Herif
father is a printer and neitherhe nor
I have dramatic ability.
A child to be clever and successful
as a photoplayer has to be natural.
A mother's training consists in pre
serving this naturalness. Self-cpn-"sclousness
in a little girl is the buga
This model from her studio shows
how charmingly the striped and
plain materials combine. The coat
is rose and white velvet. The skirt,
which has the new ripple, rather the
too-popular flare, is plain rose vel
vet Bone buttons give a special bit
of adornment. .
BE A MOVIE ACTRESS
boo again which the parents must
fortify. Once a child becomes self
conscious, her naturalness flees andv
her career as a movie actress is
brought to a disastrous ending. Adu
lation, idolizing and hero-worshiping
make children unfit for jthe screen.
Mothers, you cannot TRAIN a
child to be clever enough to act ' If
'your baby is talented, others will
discover the fact without your call
ing it to their attention.. Under no
condition xwill you ever be able to
force people to recognize ability in
your little ones especially if what
you THINK is ability is merely the
clever baby characteristics manifest
ed by every normal kiddie.
Practically ever family in America -thinks
it has' in its househod a di
minutive niovie star and one can't
blame mothers and fathers for such
in opinion as we all have a right to
be prdud of our children. However,
talent 4o act is a rare endowment
and if a fapily is fortunate enough
to have among its members a nat
ural child actress the fact will be so
outstanding that people will com
ment about it
I never had to call attention to the
fact that Zoe was talented. It was
always apparent And I never had
to-, "seek a position for her in the.
mdvies. The movies sought her. She
worked ,in her first picture in Chi
cago for Selig when she was but 3
years old.
She was just a little bundle of dim
ples then, and whenever I .see that
picture I always regret that Zoe is no '
longer a baby of 3.
Zoe has put in three-years in the .
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