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Pauline Bush – photos and quotes

Pauline Bush

“My father was a physician, and I can safely say that I inherited any talent I possess, for my mother was quite a noted singer and sang in the Tabernacle at Salt Lake City on a visit to that place. My aunts and uncles, on my mother’s side, are all possessed of artistic talents and are either artists, elocutionists or musicians. My grandfather and father’s brothers were all physicians and surgeons.”Pauline Bush

Source: Richard Willis (1914)

 

Pauline Bush

“As a child I had a peculiarly romantic idea – fad we will call it if you like – in that I wanted to go to the South to school, and so I was sent to a girls’ private school in Virginia, where a great deal of attention was paid to deportment and the arts. I was a strange child in some ways, and was far more fond of animals than I was of society of other children. I loved horses and learnt to ride early in life, and I had quite a collection of coyotes, lambs, pigeons, dogs, cats, raccoons and cute little prairie dogs, to whom I used to talk as tho they were human beings; and how I did love them all! Later, I attended the University of Nebraska, where I laid the foundation for my future work. I specialized in music generally, and the piano in particular.”Pauline Bush 

Source: Richard Willis (1914)

 

Pauline Bush

“I was never a robust child, and although I had a hankering for New York, I was persuaded to go to Los Angeles for my health’s sake and to forget the big metropolis for the summer months….In Los Angeles I attended the Cumnock Institution and took a course of expression and a literary course in Shakespearean and other literature. I consider this  course was quite invaluable to me, and it helped shape my after-life considerably. And then big, bustling, wonderful New York, with its composite life, its joys and its cruelties. I learnt much there. My parents begged me to keep to music. They feared that a stage career would be injurious to my health, but I had leanings toward the stage, and I studied constantly and made many visits to many agents and tasted the bitterness of longing and waiting.”Pauline Bush

Source: Richard Willis (1914)

 

Pauline Bush

“I returned to California and played in stock at the Liberty Theater, Oakland, and afterwards went to Los Angeles, to be with my mother. That ended my career on the legitimate stage….I was at the Belasco Theater, talking to Helaine Sullivan, when one of the directors of the American Film Manufacturing Company happened  along, looking for a good woman lead. One of the actors pointed me out, and I had a conversation with him….However, I decided I would try it out for the novelty of the thing, and made the trip to Santa Barbara. The first photoplay was a Western, with a lot of hard riding; this suited me, and I know I surprised them all, and secretly I blessed my early training and my love for horses. The second picture was produced by Allan Dwan, and I have been with him ever since. I really owe my present position to his training.”Pauline Bush

Source: Richard Willis (1914)

 

 

Pauline Bush - full“I write a number of photoplays and keep up my music. Then I have written, under an assumed name, for the  magazines for three or four years now. I must have an outlet for my thoughts, and I give expression to them in psychological form in my articles. They bring me in some good dress-money, too. In spare time I study dancing, ride, fence, and go automobiling.”Pauline Bush

Source: Richard Willis (1914)

 

 

Pauline Bush

“I am the firmest kind of a believer in the art of expression on the Motion Picture stage. The old idea of violent pantomime is dead, and I never cease to study just expression and to watch my pictures carefully to see how it ‘gets over.'”Pauline Bush

Source: Richard Willis (1914)

 

Pauline Bush (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Pauline Bush interprets parts in a way which is all her own. She is different, and she throws a new and original light upon every character she portrays. In the past she has been chosen to play big and important parts in Universal productions…She was a leading woman in the Gold Seal productions of Allan Dwan, at at present is leading woman with Charles Giblyn…Miss Bush did her first work in motion pictures with the American company, and for a long time played opposite J. Warren Kerrigan. She has been with the Universal for more than a year, and it is with that company that her best work has been done.”Lancaster Intelligencer (1914)

 

Pauline Bush (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I got married to make my future.” — Pauline Bush

Source: (1915)

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