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by Lillian Gish

Logansport Pharos-Tribune, Saturday, August 20, 1921

(Thanks to William Drew for this article)

A Sketch of Pauline Frederick.

So many letters came in about Pauline Frederick that she couldn't possibly escape being the subject of this week's personality sketch. And from the appearance of thins now, Wallace Reid will be the center of the field next week.

Pauline Frederick is amazingly pretty. SHe parts her hair in the middle, which nobody but a very pretty woman can afford to do, and does it in a knot at the back of her head. It is brown and wavy and very think, and one can't help being glad that "Polly," as her friends call her, does it so simply.

Her eyes are blue, with dark brows and lashes, and her features are very clear cut. She is one of these people who is always pretty, no matter what she happens to be doing, or what hour of the day or night it is.

Probably you know her history. She, a Boston girl, went to boarding school there, and didn't take any particular interest in the stage. Then she had an opportunity to become an actress, and before long was seen in one of the old Rogers Brothers shows. And after that she just went on and on, until the first thing anyone knew, she was acclaimed as one of the most beautiful girls on the American stage, and one of the most accomplished emotional actresses.

Her work in "Madame X" certainly proved that the screen, as well as the stage, could tender her laurels as a great actress. But I think that one of the most interesting things about her is not her great ability or her beauty, but her friendliness.

She doesn't bother about being up-[illegible] and distant. The electricians around the studio where she is working, and the carpenters, and the property man--well, everyone likes her. She'll stop and joke with them just as soon as she will with the most distinguished visitor. And she'll tell some girl who's playing small parts what dressmaker to go to for her frocks, and where to get this, or that, or the other thing, instead of pretending that everything she wears is specially designed, and comes straight from Paris.

She has an unusually good make-up, as you may have noticed; she usues the usual make-up, and then puts on a preparation which blends it all together and makes it look natural. Does she keep the secret to herself, and profit by it all alone? No, indeed!

"It is great--this is what you get and this is how to use it," That's quite typical of Pauline Frederick. And I believe that if some of the actresses who have come from the legitimate stage to the screen had taken a lesson from her instead of remaining haughtily aloof and much impressed by their own importance and in the lowliness of the movies they would not have found making pictures so difficult.

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