BRADNA JAN 1938

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BRADNA JAN 1938 - By Alice L. Tildesley Hollywood. PERIODICALLY,...
By Alice L. Tildesley Hollywood. PERIODICALLY, Hollywood suffers a foreign invasion. Hosts of lovely, languorous languorous ladies, scores of hand-kissing, handsome gentlemen, bevies of gay or fiery, suave or temperamental persons with varied accents swarm into the film city at intervals. Only the exceptional ones stay long. Pola Negri headed one onslaught and outlasted it. Maurice Chevalier led another another and held the fort for several years. Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, Dietrich, Ronald Colman and Francis Led- crer still exhibit their staying power. Now once more American stars and ·would-be stars sulk in their dressing tents and mutter that producers can't appreciate talent in their own back yard. The Bollywoods are full of new "discoveries." "discoveries." THERE'S Annabella, blonde and French, contender for honors at Twentieth Twentieth Century. She has that "Pekingese . look" common to Simone Simon and Claire Trevor and infinitely attractive. And she also has the advantage of having had a successful picture released in America before her arrival. I met her at a press luncheon, an ordeal-'for ordeal-'for the stanchest heart. Annabella Annabella arrived on time, wearing a simple knit suit and no hat; her eyelashes and fingernails were not embellished; her hair had neither set wave nor blondined rinse; her manner lacked an artificial touch. "But wait till next week, after tht make-up department gets through with her," muttered my luncheon partner. But this isn't Annabella's first visit to Hollywood. She was here, unheralded and unnoticed, three years, working in a French version of a picture. She spoke no English then, but she must have vanquished the make-up department--or department--or perhaps it wasn't interested. Well have to find out. Her English is fairly good now, but she has a mental struggle to understand what's said to her. Danielle Darrieux, Un:versal's French entry, has signed a contract for five years at a million dollars. When she signed the contract, result of an overnight overnight hit in her first stage play, the problem of learning to speak English presented itself. Danielle likes to do things the hard way, so she bought herself a handy pocket dictionary, a set of Eugene O'Neill's plays and Sinclair Lewis' novels, novels, and learned how to talk the English language. Once arrived in Hollywood, she engaged servants who spoke no French and thus compels herself to use English or get no service. She is barely 20, a dainty little figurine of a girl with Anna Held eyes and dark hair. At the moment she is the spirit of co-operation. Nothing is too much ( trouble, nothing too unimportant, if it* will add to her chances of screen success. The thing that particularly intrigues Danielle and her husband, Henri De- coin, aviator-writer, is American food. They have Lewis Stone's former cook, and each meal is an adventure. The little star's eyes grow round and enormous enormous when she speaks of "the biscuit"; com fritters, waffles, apple turnovers, Maryland chicken and corn on the cob. She is so slight that she hasnt yet learned to worry about that ugly word "diet." Her parents had expected her to be a concert artist and she had been studying the cello in preparation for that career, but an advertisement in a French film magazine changed that. A studio asked for girls to portray the role of a 14-year- old in "Le Bal," a screen version of a popular novel., Danielle said nothing to her parents, put on her hat and went after the role. She was 14, she had read the book; she was sure she could play the part. She was right. She believes now that she can succeed in Hollywood. Maybe she's right again. Danielle Darrieux came all the New Crop of Soon Will Be was born in a box at the Olympic Theatre in Paris between the matinee arid evening performances. In French the name sounds like "O-lamp," but Hollywood Hollywood pronounces it "O-limp-y" and thinks that "cute." She began her career at the age 18 months and hopes to keep it up she's 80. She's not 18 yet. The beautiful Milanese, Isa Miranda, termed by Gtbriele d'Annunzio "the most glamorous woman in the world," says that American studios place altogether altogether too much emphasis on beauty. "When I went to the art gallery photographs, they wanted to make look like a lovely Innocent. They have erased every line, but I stopped them. "Make-up should emphasize character instead of destroying it, for character the soul of acting. If there are any in my face, I want them left there. I appear on the .screen, I _want to Miranda, not just any one!" This is the gist of her remarks. are not yet expressed without considerable considerable recourse to phrases in her native tongue. But she didn't speak a word English when she left Milan. "But that's all right," her friends assured her, as they saw her off. "In America, if you don't understand, simply say 'Okey-doke,' and everything will be fine.". PARAMOUNT has a French hopeful, too--Olympe Bradnai It also has an Italian and a Hungarian contender--Isa Miranda and Francisca Gaal, Olympe isn't so new to fans, for she's bern in four pictures, but she belongs to the invasion and hasn't yet mastered English sufficiently to speak it when . excited. . She was .named Olympe ..because sh.e · SHE was charmed. "Okey-doke" she repeated. America, as far as she was concerned, was hers. Her English teacher tried to explain that the expression wa? slang, but her fellow passengers were delighted. . She used the phrase on ship news reporters, on those who met her cross-country train, on porters, hotel clerks, studio representatives. It seemed to work. But then she used it on a door-to-door salesman who wanted her to buy a She discovered she had agreed to buy and, though she already had one,' she paid for it--and. definitely discarded "Okey-doke." 'She is straight and slim, 5 feet 6 inches, has .blonde hair, brown eyes classic features. She attributes her enviable enviable complexion''to the use of "almond oil, goat's milk and rainwater. Each evening she massages her face in the oil, rinses it with lukewarm'water. Each morning she washes her faos in 'goat's milk, patting on the fluid with cotton and allowing it to dry before rinsing. What she is-going-to. do-for rainwater

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  1. The Ogden Standard-Examiner,
  2. 09 Jan 1938, Sun,
  3. Page 27

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