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Garden graphically said //. Duncan is flam-
boyant and buoyant and wholly reckless. In
this she is also true to tj-pe.

SCREEN sirens, including Mary, have been
presented as ver>- designing operatives. Life
sirens rarely are. Or rather, their designs are so
sub-conscious that they are free to give all
their power to charming and being charmed.
By sireny I do not mean the go-gatting ladies
who get headlines about their diamonds, their
alimony and other loot. That's not witchery,
that's burglary.

It is time that the bunk about IT is ex-
ploded. Everyone has sex but everyone hasn't
the courage to be herself, and that's what per-
sonality demands. The individual is reckless,
instinctive and without design. He is so con-
fident that it never occurs to him to pose or

Mary doesn't play a game. Most women do;
charming women never. Mary is direct. She
will hail you as marvelous, with out-flung arms,
or she \vill forget you exist the moment after


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introduction. The fact you are marvelous
doesn't mean that you can bank on the future,
because in another moment the out-flung
gesture may be accorded another. The true
siren lives for the moment with perfect con-
fidence of the future. If you brought up the
problem of sex she'd explode with laughter, for,
as I've said, all great charmers have a natural
sense of humor.

WHEN it was decided that Mary should go
to London to appear in "The Nervous
Wreck," following her dramatic success in New
York, she wired her sister to join her.

'"You have nothing to worry about, dear,"
said Mary. "I have plenty of money. All you
need to do is go draw it out and spend it."

Sister went to the bank and discovered
exactly seven dollars.

It was during "The Shanghai Gesture" that
Broadway was bowled over by Mary's light-
ning. She played a well-bred young lady who
went violently man-mad. To get the role to a
nicety she inveigled one of her society friends

to give a party to which the debutantes and
their genTmun friends were invited. One of
the debs, after several cocktails, became the
unconscious model for Mary's role.

TN pictures Mary has been criticized for an
-'■obvious vamping. Thedabarish, was the
opinion of some. Her directors have been
blamed, and not without justice, because a
director, in his effort to put over an ultra-
charming personality, is liable to fall into
stereotj'ped lines.

But I suspect much of the fault has been
with Mary. Her exuberance, the fascination
of her confidence and her natural effervescence
have bedeviled directors into letting her do her
stuff. Not knowing the camera and its hyper-
bole, she has overemphasized. Stage tech-
nique becomes oratorical in pictures.

Mary, however, has too much wit and obser-
vation to continue long in error. She'll get
herself on to the screen very soon and fling her
axe into box office records. And then, gentle-
men, hang on to your toupees!

Eat and Be Merry


ment makes necessary the restriction of the
bulky foods from the diet.

Agar-agar, a gelatinous substance made from
Japanese seaweed, is an effective substitute for
roughage in such cases.

Agar-agar absorbs water in the gastro-
intestinal tract and increases enormously in
bulk. It suppHes a mass of the proper size and
consistency when mixed \\-ith the other in-
testinal debris. Each person will need a differ-
ent size dose of agar, from one to three table-
spoonfuls, daily, usually proN-ing sufficient. It
can be taken "as is" with the aid of a drink of
water, or it can be mLxed with a breakfast food.

npHERE are many mineral oil and agar prep-
-'- arations on the market. .Some have cathar
tics added. I think we should look askance at
such shot-gun prescriptions. One person may
need a tablespoonf ul of agar a day while another
may need a half-dozen. \ third may need
some medicine to stimulate the intestinal muscle,
but why should all three receive the medicine
which only the one may need? Constipation
and its correction will be discussed in a sub-
sequent article.

■\\'hile it is true that agar-agar and mineral
oil oftentimes correct constipation, neverthe-
less, there is a good objection to their routine
employment. Mineral oil may be fine for
seu-ing machines but it does interfere with the
proper absorption of food from the small bowel.
Agar, because it soaks up water like a sponge,
causes an excessive amount of fluid to be
secreted into the intestinal tract, absorbing at
the same time a certain amount of the soluble
elements of the food which have been digested,
depriving the body of them.

THE person who needs agar-agar to insure
proper elimination must eat a litde more
protein than the one whose elimination is nor-
mal. It must be remembered that agar is not a

You will supply the necessary amount of
roughage in your diet, if you will eat a dish of
bran at breakfast, a liberal salad, two good
servings of any of the green vegetables and a
dish of fruit at the other meals. Such a pro-
cedure will not only give you plenty of bulk,
insuring proper intestinal activity, but it will
also give you the necessary vitamins to supply
your needs.

Your food must not only supply sufficient
bulk but your meals, like the weU-known
cigarette, must satisfy. The filling power of a
foodstuff is known as its satiety value. A low
satiety value in the diet produces a hungrj',
grumpy devotee who soon abandons the dietetic

regimen which fails to satisfy. One likes to feel
full after a meal.

The foods which remain longest in the
stomach and the small intestine are the most
satisfying. The length of time food remains in
the stomach and the amount of gastric juice
stimulated by its presence there measures the
satiety value of a foodstuff. Meat, therefore, J
has a high satiety or satisfaction value. It ^
stimulates the secretion of gastric juice and
remains proportionately longer in the stomach
than do vegetables. The need for meat as fuel
has been pointed out, and its great satiety
value gives a sense of satisfaction to a meal of
which the vegetarians knoweth nothing.

Milk stands next to meat and the richer the
milk the greater its satiety value. Contrary to
popular belief, cooked eggs are better than raw
eggs because they are more easily digested and
because their satiety value is higher, since raw
eggs leave the stomach much more quickly j
than do soft-boiled eggs. Hard-boiled eggs I
remain longest in the stomach and occasion the ■
greatest secretion of gastric juice.

/^YSTERS have a low satiety value, as does
^~^fish, except the fishes rich in fat. Bread has
a relatively low satiety value which diminishes
with toasting. Buttering bread increases the
satiety value because the added fat content pro-
longs its sojourn in the stomach.

The green vegetables have a low satiety
value. The fats, such as butter and oUve oil,
make the meal more satisfying because they
delay the emptying of the stomach. This ex-
plains why a salad is more enjoyed when an oil
dressing is used upon it.

The addition of a sweet substance to a meal
increases its satiety value because ex-periments
have proven that the addition of sugar retards
the emptying of the stomach.

The coarse foods that supply the valuable
roughage remain in the stomach but a short
time and have Uttle satiety value. From the
foregoing, it can be seen that the typical
American meal is not entirely an accident.
The typical American is prone to get what he
wants when he wants it. I am not encouraging
my readers to gluttony but I do believe that at
least one meal a day should be satisfying.

THUS the big meal should come after the
day's work is done and several hours before
you intend to go to sleep. The best kind of din-
ner, in my opinion, starts out with a soup to
stimulate the secretion of gastric juice, next
there should be meat with potatoes and at least
two other starchy vegetables and bread and
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vegetables, served with an oil dressing, and
linally a dessert. Even a small black coffee if
3-ou like it.

Such a meal remains a long time in the upper
gastro-intestinal tract, calling forth the
greatest amount of secretory activity upon the
glands which play an acti\'e part in the proc-
esses of digestion. Such a meal gives the
greatest degree of personal satisfaction.

Your meals can be made to satisfy you even
though you are trying to reduce, without resort-
ing to any such violent measures as one young
star confided to me she practiced recently.

T NOTICED that she was losing weight
-'- rapidl}' and asked her what trick diet she

was following.

She smiled and said, "I am a Roman."

Not understanding, I pressed her for further

"Oh," she said, "all of us girls are doing it
now. We eat whatever we want and after the
meal is over, we get rid of it by simply sticking
a finger down the throat."

This young miss had her history, as well as
her digestive apparatus slightly messed up.
The Roman epicure regurgitated after a
bancjuet so that he could eat more. The movie
maid "snaps her cookies" so she can eat less.

It is hardly necessary for me to condemn
such a repulsi\-e practice. It merely shows to
what lengths girls will go to get the figures that
the hard-hearted producers seem to favor be-
cause the camera lies, at least in so far as the
matter of curves goes.


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The Girl Who Played Greta Garbo


that assistant directors stand up when she
passes by. And Geraldine has so reconstructed
her mind that she fancies they stand up when
she walks on the set. In reality they do not
even find her a comfortable chair.

r^ ERALDINE sits close by the star all day
^^-'long on the set. She watches her every
move. When interviewers arrive and Garbo re-
fuses to see them, Geraldine fancies that they
have sought her and she imagines what she
would have said to them. What magnificent
interviews she could give. Would that she
were Garbo!

In her simple room with its meagre furnish-
ings at the Studio Club, her life is really lived.
The little, plain bed becomes a canopied couch,
\nth solid gold cupids to hold back the silken
drapes. Her ordinary white bathtub becomes
a sunken pool of black marble and gold. The
ivory comb and brush set is genuine Lalique
studded in diamonds. She wears the figurative
crown of the queen, while Garbo, herself,
chooses the staid, quiet atmosphere of the
Beverly Hills Hotel.

It is Geraldine's delight to be mistaken for
the star and it is a common enough mistake for
Garbo's awkward slouch and dowdy clothes
to allow her to pass unnoticed in the crowd.
Geraldine has the grace and is to the manner of
stardom born. An out-of-town visitor told a
friend of his great news.

"Where does anyone get the idea that Garbo
never goes out?" he said. "Why, I saw her at
Plantation the other night with a bunch of
people. She was the gayest of the gay. She
was dressed in a gorgeous gown and was the
center of an admiring group. And she was
svveet enough to smile graciously at everybody."

Upon that particular evening Greta Garbo,
the actress, was in her room at the hotel read-
ing a script.

Her private life had been at Plantation.

The rumor spread in Hollywood that Garbo
had come back from Europe several weeks be-
fore scheduled time. One of the newspaper re-

porters had a friend who said that Garbo was
seen in a smart shop bujdng a pair of grey suede
gloves. Her double had needed gloves.

In order to supplement her meagre income
Geraldine is one of the regular models at Mont-
martre on Wednesday. As she arrives and
leaves the sight-seers mistake her for Garbo.

Geraldine De Vorak was born to Hollywood
stardom, as Garbo was not. Garbo acts for the
camera. Geraldine pleases the public.

The other extra girls complain that the
double is haughty. What woman who wears
the royal raiment would not be? It is her right
to live up to what she has made herself.

There is little in common between star and
double. Garbo sits in ^\^de-eyed wonder at the
striking likeness between herself and her stand-
in girl. Geraldine dismisses Garbo with a ges-
ture. She is Garbo.

"DUT the Frankenstein that she has built
■'-'mtbin herself has become her undoing. She
copied the master too closely. She made her-
self too nearly in the image of Garbo.

Garbo arrives on the set at her own leisure.

Geraldine arrives on the set at her ov/n

Garbo, the great actress, may conduct her-
self thus.

Geraldine, an e.xtra girl acting as double to a
star, may not.

Geraldine's slight contract was broken. She
returned to the e.xtra ranks.

Garbo's new double does not look so much
like her, but her hair is more nearly the same
color. It is better for the lights.

Will the new double play the Garbo role?

Or has Geraldine floated so long upon the
Lethean waters of stardom that her life uiU
always be colored by the amazing interlude
when she played at being Garbo? Has she so
definitely become a star that the long discour-
aging hours of e.xtra work will be only a cross
that every star must bear? Surely her imag-
ination will override time and place and dis-

Excess Baggage


the happy, ordinary couple from Portland.
Harry hopes for a reconciliation. But it won't
work. It doesn't ever. Only the play had a
happy ending.

Helen and Clarke Twelvetrees were recon-
ciled when there was talk of a divorce. But
how long ttill that last? How long can it last?

IN New York, Clarke, as an actor, was better
known than his actress mfe. Even that name,
that splendid, unforgettable, box office name
belongs to him. He had played leads on
Broadway. "An American Tragedy," "Elmer
Gantry" and others. Perhaps he had con-
tributed a meed of beauty to the pattern of
existence, while she had done only secondary
roles. But during the beginning of the hectic
talkie era one of the Fox officials saw Helen on
the stage, noted her amazing resemblance
to Lillian Gish and sent her to Hollywood
\\ith a nice, fat contract bulging from her
hand bag.

Clarke came along, too. They always do.
It's the last gesture of husbandry.

Helen achieved immediate notice. She was
made a Wampas baby star and given good
parts. Clarke was left in the background,
unable to cope with his wife's fame. He was a
good actor, but he didn't have a photographic
face. So he is trying to write and while Helen

is at the studio, growing more and more
famous and more and more popular, he stays
at home and struggles with dialogue and manu-

Clarke Twelvetrees thinks he can write.

So did Jaimie del Rio when he found that
Dolores was leaving him behind.

Shrouded in mystery is the marriage and
annulment which occurred a few days after
Christmas of Jean Arthur and Julian Ancker.
The papers carried the story that their honey-
moon was cut short by Jean's discovery of a
clause in her Paramount contract that pro-
hibited her marrying. She immediately
packed up her trousseau and went back to the
studio. According to Ancker efforts on his
part to persuade her to recognize her mar-
riage contract failed. He received the annul-

W.\S this another case of excess baggage? I
wondered. But when Jean was questioned
she fell into a violent case of weeping, left the
studio before I got there, with instructions to
one of the office boys to hand me the following
note, "Jly career had nothing to do with the
annulment. It was an extremely unhappy
e\ent which I wish to forget as quickly as

But it was another case of excess baggage

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when Evelyn Ledercr Kecfer (Sue Carol) left
her husband and came to California. She
found a spot in pictures and didn't go back to
Chicago. Allan was forgotten and she becaire
engaged, after her divorce, to Nick Stuart, an
actor. This gives them an even chance for

They are in the same business, with the
same hopes 'and ideals, the same knowledge <'l
the requirements of the motion picture pro-
fession. Hundreds of professional marriago
have succeeded. The mixed ones fail. And
the wise gals are those who, when they fall in
love and prepare to marry a man outside the
business, give up their own screen work.

■\^.\Y ALLISON gave it up when she mar-
•'■'-'■ried the editor of Photoplay and has be-
come a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan
Magazine. Marguerite Clark did it and i-
happy. Phyllis Haver has left the screen forc\ir
to become ^Irs. William Seaman. The other
day, when she refused to talk about her hus-
band or her plans, she made a pertinent remark :
"William doesn't understand the business. He
doesn't know that we tell everything for publi-
cation. He would never understand why I
should be discussing him and our affairs pub
licly. And I know that he would never be able
to realize what our lives on the screen require.
I have found a man I love. I have found some-
one who satisfies me completely and I'm not
taking any chances on readjustments. I'm not
going to try to teach him what the necessary
gestures of a fdm star are. I'm just leaving the
screen so that I can be happy with a non-
professional husband."

Marian Ni.xon fell in love with a prize
fighter, Joe Benjamin. Unlike Jack Dempsey,
he had no patience with the film folk or their
ways. Divorce was inevitable.

A lengthy blurb in the newspapers recently
told that Jacqueline Logan's love for Larry
Winston, from whom she has been separated
for over a year, is to undergo a super-test.
He is to spend the summer in Europe, while she
is to stay here. If they still love each other
upon his return they are to be re-married.
They may be married; they won't be happy.
For Winston is the scion of the historic Brad-
bury family.

John Regan ^^■as also a scion of a wealthy
family, but Helene Costello found him excess
baggage and they were divorced after a few
months together. Regan had been a childhood
chum of Helene. There is nothing that brings
on incompatibility more quickly. Helene
finally grew tired of watching him sitting
around the house all day, while she worked
from eight to eighteen hours out of the twenty-
four. But it was not possible for him to take a
position that might lower her professional

/^OMSTANCE BENNETT divorced her
^—'multi-millionaire husband, Phil Plant, not
long ago. She is coming back to go into

Constance Talmadge recently married Town-
send Netcher and will give up the screen.
Netcher is a wealthy Chicago boy.

Janet Gaynor has been reported engaged
to Lydell Peck, a lawyer. Shouldn't she

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