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the closely buttoned hood and the The tightly buttoned bottoms of
sleeve buttoned close to the wfist to the trouserets keep her warm down
keep the -cold air from chilling her to her shoe tops, and the flannel lined
arms. . boots take care of her feet.
"SHALL I GO ON THESTAGE?" IF YOU CAN
DENY YOURSELF TO PLEASE GREAT PUBLIC
-The last of four articles on
stage life by one of the greatest of
all stage stars.)
BY ELSIE FERGUSON,
Famous American Actress, Now at
the Blacketorle Theater in
(Copyright, 1916, by Newspaper
There is no taskmaster so rigid in
its likes, and dislikes as the great pub
lic, and it is almost always more in
terested in the medium through
which it beholds the Jierotoe of the
modern drama than in the heroine
herself more interested in the ac
tresses than in the characters they
Therefore the girl who becomes an
actress must know that she Is to
deny herself all the luxuries of the
appetites. She must give up after
midnight dances, rich foods, devas
tating emotions and things that wear
the nerves, the complexion and the
figure. She must remain, at any
cost, the "ideal' the public first knew
her as, and demands that she al
I got my first "notices" -as the in
genue type. I must remain that I
suppose forever! The public will as
sociate me with no other kind of
heroine. I must be eternally youth
ful, with just the first, faint aroma of
sex about me.
What does this mean in practi
cality? It means that I must eat
yes, three times a day, but NOT
three MEALS a day! Here is how 1
eat to remain "the demanded me
dium": Breakfast Fruit and coffee.
Luncheon Meat, two vegetables,
salad and dessert 1
Elsie Ferguson -Dinner
Midnight Supper Bowl of soup.
AlSo I walk five miles evflrv-Hav
and when I say five miles I don't
mean two miles.
Also I ride an. hour each morning.
Also I play tennis all summer long.
Wheh.I ajn .not "occupied otherwi