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ANNABELLA-2c - scratched an itching heel in plenty of foreign...
scratched an itching heel in plenty of foreign places. Even now, she travels light and moves often—three times during her 10 months in Hollywood. . But nothing would do except a film career, and an influential friend managed a test for her at Joinville, France's Hollywood. There were a lot of bit parts, then Rene Clair gave her the lead in "Le Million," his first big hit. Soon she was a star in France. Later she went to Berlin, Berlin, appearing opposite Charles Boyer, then to Vienna and Budapest. She tried the stage but didn't like it much. She also dislikes radio—has mike fright even when she has to say " *Allo" at a premiere. "On the screen I see myself as another person," person," she said. "A sister, maybe, or a friend. Sometimes I am pleased, seeing this person. Sometimes I think, 'She is stupid, that girl." " She doesn't like to remember her first itay in Hollywood, three years ago. There Were two lonely, silent months when she was making the French version of "Caravan" with Charles Boyer. Loretta Young and the producer of the film, Bob Kane, are the only people she recalli who paid her any friendly attention. Later, Kane went to London to produce for New World Films, which releases in America through Twentieth-Fox. He offered Annabella the important part in the Technicolor "Wings or the Morning" if she could master English in three months. She accepted and went to London London at once. Introducing herself simply as a student, she rented a room in the modest home of a physician. physician. Daytimes she took lessons with a tutor. Evenings she talked with the doctor's two daughters and went to movies with them, adroitly adroitly managing to steer them, away from her own pictures. / The English girls often spoke enviously of screen actresses and their thrilling Jives. Annabella Annabella agreed dubiously that it might be a fine life, but she'd heard that actresses had to work awfully hard. Not until the day their boarder left did the sisters know who she really was. "Wings of the Morning" and its impish, gypsy role brought a Hollywood-to-Londoit telephone call from Darryl Zanuck, and after Annabella finished two more pictures for Producer Producer Kane she made her second trip to America, r - A BLE to carry on a lively conversation in •^*- English now, she has had a much pleasanter pleasanter time and, in fact, doesn't vvant to go back to Paris even for otoe picture. She has explored the scenery within weekend weekend distance—Mexico, Death Valley, Yosemite, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and the winter sports resorts. She goes to Hollywood night clubs but doesn't dress elaborately and doesn't wear perfume—gives perfume—gives her a headache. Her mother and father have visited her here, as well as her actor husband, Jean Murat. They were married three years ago, at the finish of a picture in which both appeared; she adopted her screen name then, from her real one of Anne Belle Carpentier. Her 15-year-old brother, Pierre, came to visit and stayed to enroll in a boys' school at nearby Pomona. The local Chamber of Commerce expects to hire her any minute because she is so cnthusasric about California. All she misses, she said, are certain. flowers, and birds that sing instead of shriek. Her maid, Fernande, a French-English French-English woman with an incongruous mid-westeni drawl, will take care of Annabella's Dalmatian, Dalmatian, Ghost, until she returns. The French poodle, which bears up under the name Poodit with remarkable nonchalance, will accompany her to Paris, where two more dogs, Airedales, are waiting.

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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 04 Sep 1938, Sun,
  3. Page 27

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