Bessie Barriscale

Bessie Barriscale – photos and quotes

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“I simply have to talk when I act.” – silent film star Bessie Barriscale (1884-1965).  In 1917, she was touted as the “noisiest actress in the ‘speechless drama.’”

 

Bessie Barriscale“I’ve been on the stage since I was five years old and I know that stage children are given more care – more gentle consideration – than any other children in the world.”Bessie Barriscale

Source: Elizabeth Peltret (1918)

 

Bessie Barriscale“The last time I played Little Eva, I was a great deal too old for the part. The company had taken me with them on tour in case the little girl playing Eva should be removed by the Gerry society. One night, the performance commenced and was going along as usual, when someone spied the Gerry man out front. It was just before the moment when Little Eva falls into the river and the manager dared not wait any longer than was absolutely necessary to substitute me. I’ve often wondered what the audience thought when Eva came out of the river a head taller and several years older than she was when she went into it.”Bessie Barriscale

Source: Elizabeth Peltret (1918)

 

Bessie Barriscale Dog“I wasn’t a bit nervous. Perhaps because I had played the part so many times – 18 weeks in stock at the Belasco Theatre [Los Angeles]. The first day at the studio is rather hazy – dreamlike – in my memory. The things that impressed me most about the studio were the click of the camera – which bothered me a great deal for awhile – and the men in evening dress for one of my scenes, and the director made them change it, explaining that white wouldn’t photograph white as well as yellow would. It was a long time before I got used to that. Whenever we used yellow linen in the place of white, I went through the scene with a strong feeling that something was wrong. It made me feel very awkward.”Bessie Barriscale

Source: Elizabeth Peltret (1918)

 

Bessie Barriscale (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“It is no wonder that there has been considerable discussion of late as whether beauty and brains can be combined in sufficient quantities to be profitable in the film business. I will not discuss actors but I feel qualified to talk about the woman of the screen, because I am one myself and I know our weakness. We do not think enough nor study enough.”Bessie Barriscale

Source: 1917

 

Bessie Barriscale

“I tell them it is no trouble to become an actress: the great difficulty is being worthy of your job. Of course, it is the glitter and the fancied romance of the profession that attracts the girls. They think it would be perfectly wonderful to be made love to by handsome leading men and wear pretty clothes and pose in front of a camera. But, sad to say, that is where they stop thinking. They know nothing of the real work that is the main feature of studio life.” — Bessie Barriscale

Source: 1917

 

Bessie Barriscale“I can go about three weeks without a potato, and then I absolutely must have one if it adds three pounds. Not that I ever noticed it adding three pounds, but it might. However, I must take the chance. The other day, my husband thought that he’d be good to me….so he brought me a big box of chocolate creams. I keep them on the sideboard so I can sit here and look at them! This is because I remember myself as I saw me first on the screen. It was three years ago, and I haven’t gotten over the shock yet. To this day, I can’t bear to look at one of my own pictures! I had been very excited over the idea of seeing myself – I expected to have a sort of curious yet pleasant sensation. I did have a curious sensation, but as for pleasant – I was a little late reaching the projection room and it happened that I walked right in on a closeup of myself. I didn’t wait for any more. Instead, I made the finest emotional exit of my entire career! Once outside, I leaned against the side of the building and had a good cry. As I cried, I repeated over and over to myself, ‘I’m not that fat!'”Bessie Barriscale

Source: Elizabeth Peltret (1918)

 

Bessie Barriscale husband Howard Hickman

“We’re going to move into house that has ten great, big rooms, so that we can have space enough to really turn around and breathe in.”Harold Hickman

Source: Elizabeth Peltret (1918)

 

Bessie Barriscale Howard Hickman“We are very happy together, and I think much of this is due to the sacrifices we have made in order not to be separated. Frequently, we have accepted engagements where we could be together when we could made twice as much money and had very much better parts, it we had been willing to work separately.”Bessie Barriscale, with her husband Howard Hickman

Source: Elizabeth Peltret (1918)

 

Her Purchase Price Bessie Barriscale 1919

Her Purchase Price (1919)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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