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Kay would have a stricken look. She's a
bit embarrassed, too, because the property
man always hides any food on the set.

"I wouldn't eat the old props," she said

After all of this, the day we lunched to-
gether in the M-G-M commissary, I expected
her to order a thick soup, a sirloin steak and
baked potato, pastry and coffee. What she
actually had was chicken salad, iced coffee and
fresh figs.

But when she was called back to the set
sooner than was expected, she took the iigs
with her.

It would be a good five hours untU dinner
time, and there would be no sense in wasting
a dish of figs.

V" AY JOHNSON is typical of the changes in
■'-^the motion picture industrj' — the changes
that came about with the introduction of
talking pictures.

I suppose if you stopped and analyzed her
features she would not be considered a beauti-
ful girl. Very attractive, yes.

She is tall and slender, with beautiful blonde
hair, and amazingly blue eyes. She is healthy
and wholesome, but not the type of wholesome
person that works hard at it. There are people
in Holly\vood who are professionally and per-
petually wholesome. A trifle annoying it is,

The first impression the Johnson person-
ality gives you is one of glowing health and
dynamic power. Quite appropriate that Kay
should make her debul in "Dynamite." In
that picture she swept from one emotion to

The old-fashioned dramatic critic would
call it "running the gamut."

Xo ordinary actress could even attempt the
n'lle, but Kay is not an ordinary actress.

She was one of the best ingenues on the
.\merican stage, and she shows promise of
developing into one of the greatest figures on
the screen.

Since "Dynamite," she has appeared in the
William de Mille production, "This Mad

World," and is now at work on "A Ship from

De Mille, the C. B. one this time, saw Kay
playing in the Los .\ngeles stage production of
"The Silver Cord." She was the town sensa-
tion. People went back again and again just
to see Kay work up steam and wade into
Nance O'Neil in the sensational third-act

\l the close of the performance C. B. sent
back his card, asking her to call on him the
next day. She had come west as the bride of
John Cromwell, now directing at Paramount.
Acting in pictures was furthest from her mind.

The greatest event of her Holly\vood career
came in attending her first motion picture
premiere. Kay drives her o%vn car, an open
roadster. She bundled herself in furs and
scarves and drove down to the Biltmore for

From the hotel the Cromwells took a taxi
to the theater, all the time mourning the fact
that they must arrive at their first premiere
in a lowly Yellow. She didn't expect to be
recognized, but she was.

Flashlight pictures were taken, and she
was coaxed to the microphone. She wanted to
have her husband in on the glory, so she
grabbed hold of what she thought was his hand.
A\'ords failed her at the mike, and she also dis-
covered that she wasn't holding her husband's
hand. She was clutching the jovial and elderly
J. C. Nugent for dear life. Her own premiere
of "Dynamite," at the Carthay Circle, was
accomplished with more grace. She had
learned the trick.

SHE is a native of New York, and of Scotch
and English ancestry. Her mother possessed
a beautiful voice and had wished to study in

Family opposition had been too strong.
Her mother insisted that Kay should have
a chance to lead her own life when she chose
the stage for a career. Her father was a
noted architect, and was the designer of the
Woohvorth Tower, once the tallest structure
on all Manhattan Island.

3 Fur Coats


I could be myself, and no one would know
anything about the Chicago girl with the

Sue's introduction into pictures, and her
immediate popularity with the public, has
been told too many times to bear repetition.
She, unintentionally, betrayed the fact that
she was in better circumstances than most
girls just starting on a career. The gateman
at the studio discovered that Sue had three
fur coats.

NOW, few of the greatest stars have more
than three fur coats. In California, where
the climate is mild, fur coats are in the cate-
gory of luxuries.

In Chicago, even a moderately well-to-do
girl has two or three fur coats.

She needs a raccoon coat for the football
games, a fur coat for the street, and one for the

So, the fur coats began the legend of the Sue
Carol millions in Hollywood.

It was rumored that Sue's mother had paid
$50,000 to get her daughter in pictures. As
a matter of fact there was a long distance
call from her, in which mother put her foot
down emphatically. Sue could not go into

pictures. It was ridiculous. But Sue won
out in the argument.

Sue was easy to publicize. In addition to
her fresh, young beauty and winning per-
sonality, was the sure-fire angle of wealth.
The Chicago million dollar heiress was giving
up society for a motion picture career. New's-
papers fell for the story, hook, line and sinker.
Here was a girl that would ride to fame in a
Rolls-Royce, the road paved with her own

The very same thing that had made her
childhood unhappy in Chicago had followed
her to HoUyvvood.

T^HERE'S another side to the stor\'. Great
•'- wealth, for some une.xplainable reason, has
always been a drawback to a screen aspirant.
The motion picture colony does not take
millionaires seriously. The Biddle fortune was
not great enough to put over young Craig
Biddle with the producers. Jerry Miley was
not a success, and the reputed $10,000,000
fortune of Barton Hepburn has meant nothing.
Ethel Jackson has never been given serious
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The Carol legend was furthered by the
report that her mother phoned Sue e\ery
evening from Chicago. Long distance calls
from Chicago to Los Angeles are expensive.
When it came to advertising in trade papers,
nothing but a full page would suflice for the
wealthy Sue Carol.

TV took her a long time to get those bills paid.
-••Her contract with Douglas MacLean,
the first she had, called for three hundred
dollars weekly. She had every intention of
living within its bounds, but Hollywood ex-
pected too much. Ha\-ing had great wealth
thrust upon her by publicity, she had to live
up to it tor a time.

The salary just about took care of the ad\er-
tising. In addition there were the usual
"touches," and requests for financial backing
in all kinds of schemes.

At this time. Sue had a small studio apart-
ment on a quiet side street, near the Am-
bassador Hotel. Her companion was a
German woman who had been with her since
childhood. She had a Packard car, and a

Not a particularly expensive menage, but it
was beyond her means. There was a great
deal of entertaining expected of her.

She found out that it was just as distressing
to have money and li\-e beyond your means,
as to have no money at all. Her mother,
always willing to help with the expenses, was
called on for help.

Now all her back bills have been paid,
and Sue is doing her best to live down the
heiress tradition. Her natural impulse is to
buy e.xpensive gifts for the people she likes.
Hut she doesn't do it. Hollywood knows
pretty AN-ell what Sue is earning now. It
expects a certain standard of living from her,
and no more. It is a much more satisfactory
state of affairs. Two-thirds of her salary goes
into a sa\ings account. She keeps within
the remaining third for living expenses. If
she sees a dress Avhich she feels she cannot
afford, she does without it.

Her home at the present is at the end of a
winding hilltop road above Hollywood. It
is so difficult to fmd that Sue sends her
chauffeur down to the foot of the hill to guide
lost and befuddled guests. There is a wonder-
ful N'iew from her long, pleasant lix'ing room.
In the late afternoon the studio window frames
the most beautiful sunsets you can fmd in
Cahfornia, and a clear, unobstructed view to
the Pacific.

At night, Hollywood Boulevard appears
just a stone's throw below. Sue intends tn
give up this rented house soon. Perhap-
she is afraid that, after all, she ma.\-
misplace her "hidden" house and not be able
to find it again. Not as implausible as you
might think.

By the time j'ou read this Sue may be
married to Nick Stuart, the Rumanian la<l
who is doing so well in pictures. It \\ill be a
marriage promising much. They have been
in love for three years, and if a love can en-
dure three years without rifts there is Uttle
reason why it shouldn't endure thirty. It
seems almost like an Alger story, Nick marry-
ing Sue.

The boy who has had to work for everything
he has gained, winning the heart of a girl who,
at least, has never known the gloomy shadows
of want.

A/TARRIAOE will not keep Sue from pic-
■^^■'•tures. She intends togoon with her work.
She is now facing the greatest opportunity of
her career in "The Lone Star Ranger." It will
be filmed on an elaborate scale, the first all-
magnoscopic film, and Fox is hopeful of creat-
ing another "In Old Arizona." She Avill be
George O'Brien's leading lady.

Sue is a bit tired of being the perpetual
flapper. The fans write to say that they
imagine she is never still a moment, her feet
always keeping time to fast jazz music. True,
she is young, and she possesses a vivid per-
sonality which is even intensified on the
screen, but she is not the tjpical flapper —
no more than is Mary Brian or Lila Lee.

Just a couple of other Coopers. Gary and his niece and nephew,

Georgia May and Howard Cooper, during a recent visit of the kids

to the old Cooper rancho in Hollywood. Maybe they weren't

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Ten Years Ago in Photoplay

TEN years, in the light of all time, is only
the wink of an eye. In the life of one
man it is just one seventh of the long
hike home. But to one little dark-eyed boy
it was the beginning and the ending of wealtli,
fame, happiness, suffering and success.

Our big story, in the December issue for
1919, is "Eyes of Youth," a Garson picture
starring Clara Kimball Young of the headlight
eyes. A gUttering galaxy, to be Ringling
about it, is in support. Wilham Courtleigh,
Gareth Hughes, Milton Sills, Edmund Lowe,
Ralph Lewis, Pauline Starke.

And at the very bottom of this shining cast
appears in small type — -"Dancing Master —
Rodolfo Valentino."

Yep. And within live years the dancing
master was to be rich, famous, and the greatest
fan favorite in the history of pictures. And in
seven years he was to be dead and buried.
And ten years later great magazines (like this
one) were to be running memorial pictures on
the anniversary of his death, and on that day

Lila Lee in the days when she was
"Cuddles" — a fat little girl play-
ing in "Male and Female" with
Tommy Meighan and Gloria

churches in Hollywood and Paris were to be
filled with mourning women— saying prayers
for the repose of his soul.

Ten years. Just ten little years, Abner!

npHIS is a great month in our movie theaters.
•'- "Male and Female" is all over the
screens — that big De Milleion dollar picture
made from Barrie's "The Admirable Crichton."
What a troupe! And what entertainment!
Gloria Swanson (and fancy bed), Tommy
Meighan, old Theodore Roberts and his
cigar, and a shot or so of Bebe Daniels. But
it was little Lila "Cuddles" Lee, all curves
and dimples, that stole most of the film, says
our editor.

A STERN and handsome picture of Harry
-^ *• Morey is in the roto section this month.
He's just beenpromoted from villains to heroes.
And in 1929 he's out at the Long Island studio
of Paramount playing in his first talkie, after
many years' absence. . . One of our young
ladies interviews CecU De MiUe while both
are flying about in a plane. "My God is a
God of nature, of bigness, rather than a per-
sonal God," says Cecil, as he puts the ship
into an easy figure eight. . . Mr. Willard
Huntington Wright does us a kidding piece
on what movie actors wear, but Mr. Wright
didn't know at that time that in a decade he
would be rolling in dough as the author of
murder stories penned under the name of
S. S. Van Dine. . . A life story of David
Powell, the handsome young British leading
man who passed on a few years ago. . . A
picture of Charlie Ray at the wheel of his
colossal Locomobile, but I guess that went
with the rest when Ray's fortunes blew up. . .
A story on Sessue Hayakawa, the fine Japanese
actor. That's droll. Two nights ago I was
walking on Broadway at theater time, and in
the midst of the crowd I saw a handsome,
impassive oriental face. It was Hayakawa.

"r^OSH, How They Hate Him!" is the Utle
^'-^of an interWew with Eric von Stroheim.

In 1919 he had just finished a long list of
German-officer parts in the bunch of war-hate
pictures Hollywood made in 1917 and 1918.
His great directorial days were still ahead, and
Eric was just a vicious villain, loathed by all
right-thinking Americanos.

He gives John Emerson, husband of Anita
I>oos, credit for his real discover^', and for
giving him an assistant directorship on many
Fairbanks pictures.

Well, have you seen "The Great Gabbo"?

^^UR first long interview with young King
^^Vidor, this month. Just a kid, but he rated
a long piece by Adela Rogers St. Johns, be-
cause he had directed "The Turn of the Road"
and was the husband of Florence Vidor. . .
Mickey Neilan is going to screen "Penrod,"
with Wesley Barr)' in the lead. Oh, boy! . . .
D. W. Griffith has picked a site for his studio
at Mamaroneck, N. Y. The Gishes, Bobby
Harron and the rest of the mighty troupe will
be shipped East soon. . . Francis X. Bushman
has gone on the stage in "The Mighty Thief."
. . . Mae Murray is going to make "On With
the Dance" in Yonkers, N. Y., under George
Fitzmaurice's direction. . . Charlie ChapUn is
getting set to film his ne.xt comedy, "Paradise

PROHIBITION being barely in. Reader W.
-'- Clifton Justice discovers this buU in a
recent Harry Carey picture:

"A gang of raiders discovered a room full of
whiskey," says Reader Justice, "and one
actually began to stagger before he had
tasted the whiskey."

I know that place, too. I've been there.

TiiERESE, New Orleans. — Juanita Hansen
is starting a new serial. Mary Pickford has
hazel eyes and a very sweet voice. Cleo
Madison is playing in "The Girl from No-

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A long mirror is your sure guide to
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Not a bad suggestion for a Christmas present
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Joyce :

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for aptly expressing yourself, then you can

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