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Mail Tribune 100, March 28, 1922

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The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

March 28, 1922

ETHEL BARRYMORE’S ADVICE TO GIRLS

No stage celebrity can escape the question, constantly put by interviewers in person and contained in countless letters from those youngsters, more often girls, who aspire to a theatrical career. “What advice would you give to a young girl who is eager to become a great actress?” is often asked of Ethel Barrymore, whom we are to see in Zoe Akins’ play, “Declassee,” at the Page theatre, Monday evening, April 3. A few days ago, to a newspaper representative, in one of the few interviews Miss Barrymore consents to, she said: “Few girls indeed, I imagine, escape in their teens the ambition to become an actress. Even earlier, the love for ‘playing house’ or ‘dressing up,’ is merely a very childish love for drama. Some girls find the ambition a transitory one and take up some other career; for which they may be better suited. There are others, however, who, convinced they have the necessary spark so frequently mentioned in the autobiographies of earlier players, nurse their ambition and painstakingly go about their preparations for a livelihood in theatre.

“I am so often asked to advise girls that I consider it something of a responsibility to give suggestions, but I certainly would not say no to any intelligent girl wanting to go on the stage, allowing that she has the proper equipment of adaptability, some intellect, and a bravery strong enough to carry her through a very great deal of very hard work. Only God has a right to dictate where genius or talent is concerned. How can we tell whether there may not be hidden in the veriest amateur that divine spark which keeps the theatre alive?”

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

No more gambling is to be permitted in Eugene card rooms or pool halls according to the statement of District Attorney Clyde N. Johnston given to pool and card room proprietors at a meeting held yesterday in his office. Playing for chips will still be permitted, however, it was made plain by Attorney Johnston that all forms of gambling must be stopped at once, or the pool and card rooms will be closed. — Eugene Register.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com