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dressing rooms, listening to the talk of the
actors and watching the process of makeup.
When I fmally went on the stage myself there
seemed nothing strange about it.

I THINK the most delightful time of my life
was the year I spent in school at Versailles.
There were just eight girls in the school, all
Americans. I still see those girls from time to
time, or correspond with them. Most of them
are married now.

"The girls I knew in the American boarding
school ha\e dropped out of my life. I rather
disapprove of American schools for girls, in

" In France we Ii\-ed in a lovely chateau set
back in great gardens. Kach girl had a beauti-
ful, big room and private bath — none of this
trailing down hallways with bath salts and
towels. The instructors were understanding,
real human beings, and were charming to our
friends when they called.

"We met interesting people and carried on
con\-ersations in French. There was an incen-
tive to read good books.

"Twice a week we went to the Opera Com-
ique and during the winter season to the Paris
Opera, .^bout the most unpleasant feature was
being dragged to the Lou\Te and listening to
iuU lectures. I dislike being made to do

"It was while I was in school abroad that I
first saw Ronald Colman on the screen. It was
in 'The Dark Angel,' and at that time I could
scarcely read the French captions on the
picture. But I cried and cried over it. I never
dreamed that some day I might be playing
with this same man."

Few people know that Joan spent a great
deal of her brief married life in Hollywood.
Her husband's business brought him to the film
capital, and the young wife settled down to
afternoons at bridge, dinner, and more bridge
in the evening. She hated it then, but now, in
a different environment in the same town, she
likes it.

Her apartment is in a huge, chateau-like
structure in Hollywood. The windows of her
pleasant French li\'ing room overlook a small,
walled garden, and beyond is busy Franklin
Avenue with its perpetual stream of motor and
street car traflic.

She chose this particular apartment be-
cause she likes the noise.

"■pVEN after I am in bed at night I like to
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that life is still going on, although Hollywood is
not much of a night-life town. Street cars
passing below never disturb me, but the croak-
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"I like crowds, but not the mobs that gather
outside of the Montmartre Cafe and at picture

"It is rather dreadful and morbid. In New
York we used to lunch at the Ritz and always
there were many people about. No one there
bothered to stare at others."

Critics have approved of Joan's work in
"Bulldog Drummond." Shortly after the
completion of the Colman picture she joined
the cast of "Three Live Ghosts." She is look-
ing forward with keenest anticipation to
working with George Arliss in "Disraeli." It
will be supposedly an all-English cast and she
is wondering how her voice will measure with
those of the troupe.

Off the screen Joan looks a little older than
her eighteen years. On the screen she appears
even younger. But she is eighteen. If you
don't believe it, Joan will produce her birth
certificate, and it reads "Born February 27th,
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Why Jack Gilbert Married


marriage between Jack Gilbert and Greta
Garbo. I think they both realized how im-
possible it was.

The Gilbert-Garbo romance had simmered
to a friendship — such a friendship as must be
left to two people who have known each other
very well and been very close — long ago.

And Jack Gilbert talked somewhat violently
against marriage.

That was why, when he so suddenly married
the brilliant Ina Claire, New York's premiere
stage comedienne, I wanted to ask him ^^■hy.

You see, at one time, not so long ago he be-
longed to a very select httle group of Holly-
wood masculinity called The Mountain-
Toppers. The members were Jack Gilbert,
Dick Barthelmess, William Powell and
Ronald CoLman. The tenets o' the organiza-
tion amounted to the belief that women were
poison and marriage a survival of the Middle
Ages. The vow consisted of a determination
to abjure both, if possible; one, certainly.

TJUT things have gone badly with them. First
■'-^Dick Barthelmess was married to a de-
lightful and highly cultured young New York
society leader. Then Bill Powell became
reconciled with his wife, from whom he had
been separated for some time. Now Jack
Gilbert has eloped with Ina Claire.

Apparently Konny occupies the JSIountain
Top in lonely splendor.

But knowing of these things and having
known Jack for tweh-e years and belie\-ing in
his declared aversion to marriage, I wanted to
know why he married. A man doesn't sacri-
fice his principles and prejudices, founded as
Jack's were upon his own experiences, without
adequate reason. He doesn't, in four short
weeks, surrender the freedom life has taught
him to prize so highly, unless something very
radical has happened.

So I hied me down to Mr. Gilbert's presence
filled with tense curiosity.

"Why did you get married?" I demanded.
''W'as it personal — I mean was it just Miss
Claire herself? Or did you change your mind
and decide every man should be married? Or

Jack is a direct and honest person. Perhaps
the most direct and honest and fearless of any
screen star.

"I simply met the nicest person I'd ever
known in all my life," he said.

T^HE restraint surprised me. Jack is by way
■*- of being hectic as a rule. Now he was cjuiet
and his quietness carried conviction.

"Not just the most wonderful girl or the
most marvelous woman," he said, "but the
very nicest adult person who ever came into my
experience. A person with all the charm of
femininity, all the brain of masculinity at its
best, .\bove all, a person from whom you can
e.xpect the same kind of love and honesty and
fineness that you expect from a man pal. I
had given up belie\-ing there was such a person
in the world. 1 had looked everywhere, known
lots of women. And I had about made up my
mind to accept compromise — as most men do
in this day and age. Compromise — this from
one, that from another, the majority of
affection and understanding from men.

"Then I met Ina Claire.

"The first time we met I didn't even know
who she was. It was at a party. Somebody
mumbled a name, I bowed to a lovely creature
in rose chiffon and went about my business.
Later someone asked me what I thought of
Ina Claire. I said I thought she was a great
actress but I'd never met her. They ex-
plained that I had. Two days later I saw- her
again and made up for lost time by telling her
how much I admired her great art on the stage.

"A week later I knew that the gods had at

last been kind to me. They had sent me the
one woman w^ho had everything I wanted. A
sane, adult, highly developed woman, who had
lived much, made her own living on the stage
since she was a kid, who was blessed with the
loveliest sense of happiness and fun.

"■r SAY in all sincerity that I was not only

-•■ unbelievably happy but deeply proud when
she told me she felt the same way.

"We had several long talks then, for we
wanted to know exactly where we stood. We
spoke the truth to each other about everything.
"This is a verj' grown-up marriage. We are
not children plunging into a frothing purple sea
of romance. We are two adults mating so that
we may have each other's companionship.
There are no illusions in it, either regarding hfe
or each other. Therefore, it is strong and
beautiful because it is founded upon truth.

"It may have seemed very hurried, very
thrilling, because the time w-as so short. But
in reality it was not. It may take a long time
to get to the North Pole but once you are
there, you are there. I had spent a great deal
of time seeking this, and when I found it, I
knew instantly.

"I married because I desired the compan-
ionship, complete and perfect, of the most
amusing, the gayest, the most comfortable and
understanding person I have ever met. There
is no home and fireside about it particularly.
I don't think either of us desires that. It
simply means that whatever we do, we shall do

"Our careers will not conflict or interfere,
because we understand each other. She is
here now to make pictures and she thinks she
wants to stay. But it may be that she will
want to return to the stage. I do not see how
she can help it, for she is a great artist and
she loves her work. If she wants to go to
New York to do a play, I shall say, 'Of course,
darling. Go and do your play and when you
are through, come home.'

"Surely that is the sane way to look at it.
We are to enjoy, not enchain each other. I
should destroy the very thing I love if I tried to
hamper her. We shall share our work,

".^s soon as we knew, we decided to get
married. After all, why wait? Life isn't too ■
long and we "ant to get out of it all we can. I I
give up no freedom I do not desire to give up. 1
Neither does she.

"The wonderful thing about Ina, and about
our love, is that it is so sweet, so peaceful, so
sure and comfortable. It is fine. We have
such fun together. We love to laugh and we
laugh together. We are going to have the
greatest fun in the world together.

"But best of all, for the first time in many
years I have laid the dread ghost of loneliness.
It isn't being together physicallj — it's that we
are together spiritually and mentally. So I
can never be alone, so futilely alone, again.

"T DON'T want to think of the past. It is
-'- past. I want none of it to touch thisbeauti-
ful thing which has come to me. I know that I
ha\e been seeking what every man needs, a
woman who loves him, who makes him happy,
who gi\-es him laughter, and whom he can trust
with his life. I have found her.

"What we shall do? I don't know. All life
has taken on a new meaning. We want to
travel — it will be a joy to see things with her.
I don't know whether we'll have children. I
only feel that whate\'er comes around this, is
right. If children come, that's wonderful. If
they don't — there will be compensations in that
we shall perhaps have more of each other and
be able to do more things together.

"There is a tradition I know that men like
myself, in this business, do not make suc-

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cessful husbands. No man makes himself a
husband. It is the wife who maizes him what-
ever Icind of husband he is. So I know it's
going to be right. All I can say is — I'm going
to do my damnedest."

Of course, after the question, "Why did
Jack Gilbert marry?" came immediately,
"Will it last?" For Jack is quite right. There
i^ a tradition in Hollywood that matinee idols
vi the screen, sheiks if you want to call them
that, cannot hold their women.

"DUT the sheiks who lost their wives were \'ery
■'-'young. They were still seeking. Jack Gilbert
is still young. But life has taught him so
much. When I talked to him about this
amazing marriage of his, I could not help but
feel he had gained a new sense of values. That
he understood the worth of the thing he had
won and his own good luck in finding a woman
who understands so much about him and about

Before I talked to Jack, I wondered if it
Would last.

Now, I feel that it will. Because the new
Mrs. Jack Gilbert strikes me as the sort of
woman who would inspire even a screen sheik
to try to hold her. She is lovely to look at,
she understands men, she is very amusing,
she is a star in her own right, and she has

In other words, it looks to Hollywood as
though Jack Gilbert has married the right
woman at last.

The return of another wanderer.
■Vears ago Lenore Ulric appeared
in motion pictures under the
old Morosco banner. Then she
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starred by David Belasco. Now
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