Wanda Hawley

Wanda Hawley – photos and quotes

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“I suppose it was inevitable that I should become a screen actress, though if it’s not heresy, I’d like to say that a musical career appealed more strongly to me. Ever since I was a child, I have been before the public, either as an accompanist for my brother who was a concert violinist, a church organist or as a vocalist. I have played accomplishments since I was nine years old.”Wanda Hawley

Source: K. Owen (1918)

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Wanda Hawley piano“When I first reached New York to perfect my voice, a high soprano, I was still thinking of a career on the concert stage. But it wasn’t very long before I arrived at the conclusion that musical comedy presented more opportunities and I eagerly accepted an offer to understudy one of the stars in ‘Chin Chin.’ I had already refused to consider a chance in the Follies. It didn’t appeal to me. Before I had progressed very far, however, I began having trouble with my voice, a sort of laryngitis, and had to give up musical comedy.”Wanda Hawley 

Source: K. Owen (1918)

 

Wanda Hawley HeaddressBetween times, I had posed for Mr. Leone Bracker, the illustrator; Mr. Hiller and others, so it wasn’t long before the film people discovered me. Mr. William Fox offered me a splendid opportunity last March and I accepted it. I have been told that I have ‘made good,’ but I feel that there is a great deal of hard work in store before I can be regarded as a sure enough star. Why, for instance, I can’t ride a horse, and for the next week Tom Mix is going to give me daily riding lessons, so I can play with him in a big Western feature.”Wanda Hawley

Source: K. Owen (1918)

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Wanda Hawley

“I asked to have my contract cancelled because I got tired of being cast as a dumbbell. After four years of starring, I found myself being placed in all star casts, featuring the director. I was given smiling parts where all I did was to wear fine clothes and do no real acting. I couldn’t stand it, so I asked for a cancellation. We quit as friends, but I will never again sign a contract without specifying that I am not to be cast in dumbbell parts”Wanda Hawley, on leaving Paramount Pictures. The cancellation of her contract was the beginning of the end for her career. 

 

The Outside Woman 1921

The Outside Woman (1921). A lost film.

 

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