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Juliette Day – photos and quotes

Juliette Day

“You know, I was out on the Coast, and I was dreadfully homesick at first. Everybody was strange and work was so different – such a combination of work and play, it seemed to me. Down to the beach we would go in one-piece bathing suits (and I had never worn one before) and into the water – and all the time ‘working’ before the camera. Then we would all pile into cars with lunch baskets and everything, just like a picnic – and that was ‘working,’ too. A great deal of it was real work, but I gained 15 pounds in four months. The people here laughed when I said I was going West to rest and work in pictures. But it was a rest. After a little while, I began to find myself – the work was pleasant, the country wonderful, the people delightfully kind, and I got all over being homesick, especially after mother came out from Boston. You should have seen mother! Boston is the nicest place in the world, of course, but we don’t have bungalows with sleeping porches, and live out of doors, and have four miles of roses at a stretch, and geraniums growing wild. ‘What are those tall plants, growing up the side of the bungalow?’ mother wanted to know. ‘Geraniums,’ I said. ‘Well!’ gasped mother, and proceeded to write home: ‘Throw away those little old geraniums I have been keeping alive for years – I have some real ones.”Juliette Day

Source: Lillian May (1918)

Betty and the Buccaneer (1917)

 

“And now I am back in New York, keeping the contract I made more than a year ago. I was two weeks late for rehearsals, and the whole company was held up waiting for me. No, I didn’t feel at all important; I was keeping a lot of girls from drawing a salary and didn’t feel one bit good about it; but I had to finish ‘The Calendar Girl’ before I came. The funny part is, I was just as homesick when I got back to New York as when I first arrived in California. When my first picture was released, I went to see it and sat through it twice – not to see myself, but just to see the familiar faces and scenery.”Juliette Day

Source: Lillian May (1918)

Betty and the Buccaneer (1917)

 

“The camera? After the first day, I wasn’t conscious of it. But when I saw my first picture, I could hardly sit still. I wanted to grab the man who was running the picture and say, ‘Wait a minute; I want to do that over.’ I did not realize until then how relentless the camera is – and what a big thing pictures are. There I was on the screen – and I would be on hundreds of others – with all my mistakes and ‘might-have-beens.’ Nevertheless, I am going back to the Coast and to pictures in a short while. I shall need another ‘rest’ if one can call going from one job to another ‘resting.'”Juliette Day

Source: Lillian May (1918)

Betty and the Buccaneer (1917)

 

“I am glad to get back to the stage for a time, and am fortunate in having a long Broadway engagement. I have my little apartment and live quite like a regular person. I’m not very domestic; you see, I have been on the stage since I was seven years old and have not had time; but I like my home and like to fuss around and make salads, and especially candy.”Juliette Day

Source: Lillian May (1918)

Betty and the Buccaneer (1917)

 

 

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