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BILLIE'BURKE'S TALK ON" PERSONALITY
The first word A Pleasing
Personality Will Usually. Bring
You Anything You Desire.
The modern woman in her mad
search for physical beauty is neg
lecting a much more important
part of. womanly fascination.
A'magnetic personality is much
more to be desired than beauty of
Miss Billie Burke.
face., or figure. To have a per
sonality which draws people to
you, you must have a combina
tion of many things, of which
physicalbeauty is but one,
.Everything a woman thinks,
does and is, enters into her per
sonality. We, of the stage, know that
personality is our greatest asset.
Some of us, however, have 'al
most come to hate the world be
cause, try as we may to perfect
ourselves in our art, the critics
persist in seeing only the per
sonal side of us.
Yet, personality has give face
to every successful man or wom
an since the world began. Na-
poleon's personality made mil
lions of loyal Frenchmen drop
into the freezing Russian wastes
with "Vivi L'Emperor" on their
dying lips. Not the beauty of
Mary, Queen of Scots, brought
men gladly to her precarious
cause; it was her personality.
Beautiful women of tradition
and histdry were seldom of
classic features. Neither did they
measure up to the modern beauty
standard. It was personalities
which made men declare "The
world well lost, and all for love."
I presume that more has been
said about the Billie Burke per- .
sonality than that of any other'
American artists, excepting that
of Ethel Barrymore. And when!
people write or talk about it, they
'always intimate that it is a part of
me, something I cannot help.
They do not realize that the per
sonality of anyone is that part
which you build up from day to
day; it is the part of your secret
soul that is seen by mortal eyes
and it is affected by every vagrant .
thought, every unstudied action
as well as by your highest ideals
and greatest deeds.
If you are interested in life, in
your fellow man and in your
work; if you can sympathize with