“I always got good notices on my acting as well as on my singing, but I wanted dramatic experience and I was planning to go on the dramatic stage before making a plunge for grand opera when I received an offer to go into moving pictures with the California Motion Picture Corporation. I laughed at the idea first, and then I began to think, and I talked it over with Daddy and he thought it would do me a heap of good to rest my voice and to see myself as others see me. As a matter of fact it does not seem to me that I see myself in the movies at all.” — Beatriz Michelena
“Well, I had no sooner settled down out there among the hills in Marin County, than I began to like the movie game. I bought the prettiest little Swiss chalet in the outskirts of San Rafael and I live there with my maid and horse and two dogs. If I stay there long enough, I’ll vote at the next special election.” — Beatriz Michelena
Photo: Salomy Jane (1914)
“When I started work, the other actors and actresses seemed to be astonished to find that I could swim and ride horseback. I have to thank my Daddy for that.” — Beatriz Michelena
“I enjoy every moment I spend working in the pictures. When I see myself on the screen I can hardly believe that it is me. It seems so uncanny. In fact, if I could really feel that it was me, I would be nicer to myself.” — Beatriz Michelena
Photo: The Lity of Poverty Flat (1915)
The cover of Photoplay Magazine in 1915.