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ANNABELLA-3 - Glamor Gals— This is tlie second of six...
Glamor Gals— This is tlie second of six articles on tin. Hollywood importation ,,f &. foreign actresses, who place lie- j cent on glamor. ' Ey PAUL HARRISON NEA Service Staff Correspondent HOLLYWOOD.—At the main gate of the Metro studio a wag pasted a sign reading in French and German: "English "English Spoken Here." At Paramount a well-known native actress cracked, "I seenk I get for myself myself wan leetle accent—no? Zen may•be may•be 1 have better chance to get work in ze cinema." At H)th-Fox a foreign player countered countered an interviewer's question with: "Hollywood is not a good place to make an opinion of Americans. I meet Hungarian directors, German producers, producers, British writers, and actors and actresses from every country in Europe. Europe. But I do not remember meeting meeting many Americans." So go the comments, mostly satirical, satirical, as movie makers continue to bring in from other lands a supply of that siren quality known in the celluloid trade as "Umph." Urnph with an accent. Must Be Taught Every studio now has at least one foreign actress slated for eventual stardom. Metro has about a dozen (several of whom will be weeded out) and a special department to supervise their training. However capable they may be as actresses, actresses, these intriguing immigrants require a lot of training, for they must be taught English. In fact, of the half dozen most promising newcomers— actresses who were stars in their own countries and who already are definitely definitely launched on Hollywood careers —only two could speak or understand English when they arrived here. Plays Opposite Powell The F'rench actress with the single name, Annabella, played leads in three English pictures before coming here. These were "Under the Red Robe," "Dinner at the Ritz," and the very successful production in Technicolor, "Wings of the Morning." "It was immediately following the latter hit that she was signed by 20th- Fox. 'Ihe studio wasted little time in bowing her into "The Baroness and the Butler" opposite William Powell as the star. A preview audience found her charming, but often unintelligible in this picture, and was astonished that she could have had so much English- speaking experience. In about a month Annabella will star in a film based on the life of George Band. She is counted an established success and a permanent and popular resident of Hollywood. Lorelta Smiled at Her The colony wasn't always so kind. Annabella came here four years ago for a role in the French version of "Caravan." Didn't know a soul, or any English either. "It was a miserable miserable time," she said. "I have never I forget—forgotten—that Loretta Young j smiled at me on the set and gave me tea. It was the only warmth I had." Her real name was Anne Belle Carpentier, Carpentier, and her father, now retired, was a magazine editor. In private life, she is Mme. Jean Murat, wife of a French actor. Professionally she'll always be just Annabella. Sun and wind (she drives in an open car) have straaked her hair in different shades or brown. She has brown eyes, a generous mouth; wears flat-heeled shoes, tailored suits and almost no makeup. It's when she's working on a set, or tripping at the Troc of an evening, that Annabella's "umph" is particularly particularly apparent. Her contours are streamlined, though they had a hard time posing .her to a Annabella 'has brown 'eyes, a 'generous mouth, streamlined contours contours and a French -touch in her voice. She 'was an established actress both in Paris and London before, going to 'Hollywood, playsuit to prove it. Just What They Wanted There was a solemn conference of makeup experts when she came here a few months ago. In three solid days of tests they-made her look like everybody everybody from Martha Raye to Shirley Temple. Finally Annabella got mad and told 'em she'd try her own way. First she washed her face, then she ran a comb through her hair, dabbed on a little lipstick and stepped before the camera. "Studio bigwigs looked at the test and agreed that that was just what they wanted. Hollywood has heard that Annabella was brought here as possible replacement replacement of Simone Simon. Mile. Simone Ditto had been behaving very badly and Darryl Zanuck wanted to remind her that she was not the only JFrenchie in flickers. However that may have been, the two actresses became and have remained remained close friends. In a gesture of generosity and thcughtfulness that left the screen village popeyed, Simone sent her .entire .entire staff of servants to Annabella's house when the latter moved here. Didn't loan them; she gave them permanently permanently to the newcomer and set about collecting and training a new staff for herself. The two players often often shop together; have adjoining dressing rooms. Annabella was no straiiger to pros r perity before she became -an actress. Her futher had a Paris home, a cqun- try place and an urge for travel. He has been around the world 1C times. His daughter traveled about Europe a great deal, but her ambition from childhood was movies. She got to mooning and fretting about it so much that an influential friend of the family noticed it, heard the story, and got her a test at Joinville, Joinville, France's Hollywood. It was as easy as that. Annabella says that she isn't temperamental temperamental in the sense of being mean and eccentric, but admits she can get angry and stick up for her rights as she sees them. £he likes any sort of role as long as it's .substantial. She considers a lot of interviewers are rude or stupid, or both. She hates posing for still pictures, but that's a hangover from her girlhood—when girlhood—when her father, a camera fan, would spend hours snapping her in the garden. And now, she still lias to pose. Also she has had to take English lessons, not only in diction but in spelling. I saw one of her lessons. The French star laboriously had written: "L,ast Saturday I saw 20 happy children children in the park. . . . Berry, ferry, cherry, merry. . . ." NEXT: Vienna's Hose Strmlucr un- tiwws the ijuestion: "What have foreign foreign stars got that American «ctres#*

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  2. 26 Feb 1938, Sat,
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