Celebrity Portraits

Betty Compson – photos and quotes

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Betty Compson (1897-1974) began as a low income stock player for comedy producer Al Christie in the mid-1910s. She eventually left Christie to work in cheaply made movie chapter serials. As a young ingénue, Compson was very pretty and ambitious. When not working, she networked by appearing at all of the right places in downtown Los Angeles. At a […]

Forgotten Stars

Lenore Ulric – photo & quotes

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Lenore Ulric 1919

“I’m all right when I’m acting. It’s the stills that worry me. My cameraman said, ‘Miss Ulric, you’re fine when you’re moving. But the minute I try to take a still of you, you get that set look.’ He’s right. I smile naturally for a second, and then it’s forced. In the sad scenes I […]

Celebrity Portraits

Charles Chaplin – photos and quotes

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Charles Chaplin

“The businessman, the banker, the artist, or whoever he is who puts up the money wants to be assured, and therefore, we all argue about what ‘they’ want….The public does not stand at the box-office and say: ‘We want a drama after this pattern….’ Quite frankly, I do not believe the public knows what it […]