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BOYER QUIT HOLLYWOOD 3 TIMES, RETURNS FOR GREATEST ROLE CHARLES BOYER, French actor, is the real-life ectypc of the legendary Dick Whittington, Whittington, "Thrice Lord Mayor of London." Three times Boyer left Hollywood, Hollywood, "forever." But today he appears in one of the most important important roles in screen history, as Napoleon, with Greta Garbo, Garbo, in "Conquest." One of the most famous stage actors in France, he first came to Hollywood to uet in. French versions of such pictures pictures as "The Big House," "The Trial of Mary Dugan" and others. "But making of French pictures pictures in Hollywood didn't last," he remarks: "So I went back." He was lured to Hollywood the next time by his friend Maurice Chevalier, when the latter came to America for "The Merry Widow." "I played several parts, but wasn't satisfied with them," he s,ays. "So again I went back." He scored in France in "Liliom" and "La Bataille," ami Hollywood again beckoned. He returned. Again, he despaired of success. Then came "Private "Private Worlds" and "Shanghai," and at last Hollywood began to take notice of the handsome Frenchman. Metro - Goldwyn - Mayer was looking for a Napoleon. Boyer was brought to the studio, tested with the new make-up which literally transforms his face into that of the Little Corporal. Corporal. He was signed for the role. Boyer's amazing mako-up for the picture was taken from Napoleon's death mask. Many actual historic characters characters were reproduced in the picture, directed by Clarence Brown, and covering the period period from Napoleon's visit to Poland in 1808 to his exile to St. Helena. Boyer's father was a respected respected business man in Uic town of Figctic, France, UK his father arid his father's father had been before him. "My desting was written for me before I \v;us born. The only son and the last male in the line, I was to carry on with the family's traditional after the passing 1 of my father. Had they known at my birth, that a Boyer was to follow the frivolous calling of the stage, they would have felt disgraced." CONSTIMTIOH RELIEVED without upsetting Set a ROLLS DEVELOPED Two Beautiful Doiiwle-Weitflit Proles. sionul Enliiruuinriils, 8 Never Fad* Prints, 25c.

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  1. The Indiana Weekly Messenger,
  2. 11 Nov 1937, Thu,
  3. Page 43

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