Marguerite Clayton

Marguerite Clayton – photos and quotes

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“I never get fatigued making pictures. I love to work them out. That’s why I’m a film player.”Marguerite Clayton

Source: Dr. A. L. Roat (1915)

 

Broncho Billy Anderson and Marguerite Clayton _ Why Broncho Billy Left Bear County_1913

“How long have I been in pictures? About eighteen months. No; I never apprenticed the legitimate stage. You see, I began my career in pictures, and since, guided by the masterful directorship of Mr. Anderson, who writes all the ‘Broncho Billy’ stories himself, I have developed into a real leading lady.”Marguerite Clayton

Source: Dr. A. L. Roat (1915)

Photo: Why Broncho Billy Left Bear County (1913). With ‘Broncho Billy’ Anderson.

 

Marguerite Clayton

“Realism is the real feature always. We must appear real and natural to convince the audience. Besides, you must remember, please, that my profession is indeed a serious business with me. There are many requisites absolutely demanded to depict a part faithfully. It is all acting – depicting a character true to life. Never does a picture artist get the opportunity to distract the audience with a single word to cover up a defect somewhere else.” — Marguerite Clayton

Source: Dr. A. L. Roat (1915)

 

“Truthfully, [movie making] doesn’t give every woman the opportunity she desires. First of all, a woman must be prepared to endure hardships not demanded in other vocations, and she must ‘get away with’ them gracefully. She must possess personality. Of course I don’t mean great beauty, but a personal charm and attractiveness of manner capable of magnetizing her audience and making them love her. Personal charm spells success. Then, too, she must have talent that can be developed – some natural ability to do things in a true-to-life manner.” Marguerite Clayton

Source: Dr. A. L. Roat (1915)

Photo: 1915

 

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“Picture-players cannot hear their audience applaud their efforts to please, but we do get the benefit of the echo which measures our success or failure with our company. To win success on the screen, a woman must have talent to portray a character as a painter depicts a scene on canvas, in a convincing, forcible manner. Besides all that, she must possess ability – courage to attempt difficult feats that will make a scene real. Realism in pictures is demanded by the director and public alike. If a woman-artist cannot create a lasting impression on the minds of her audience, then she never can hope to attain any marked degree of success. It is the little characteristic mannerism of each individual that makes pictures enjoyable.” — Marguerite Clayton

Source: Dr. A. L. Roat (1915)

Photo: 1914

Marguerite Clayton

“Personally, I know there are many women working in offices, stores and factories who could ‘make good’ in pictures because they possess personality. Of course they must have a trial to show their qualities. After that they must persist to please the director, and try, and keep on trying, to perfect each scene. A woman must study every character to be portrayed and strive to make it lifelike always. She must obey rules and regulations as set forth by her director. She must act her part naturally and appear unconscious of the camera, yet remember that it registers every move and gesture. And, above all else, she must have the incentive to reach the top rung of the ladder of success.”Marguerite Clayton

Source: Dr. A. L. Roat (1915)

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