. The Loose... S,inger's Operation Gives Her Voice An Octave Lower BY ERSKINE JOHNSON NEA Staff Correspondent TJOLLYWOOD, Feb. 20— Back- •tl ground for Stardom: She was attending school in Florida and was very popular at social affairs for her sweet, clear soprano" v o i c e, Very popular, that is, until she suffered a sud- • den attack of tonsilitis. Her physician ordered ordered an operation and, while re' cuperating, she worried about the cont i n u e d huskiness of her voice. There • were days when she feared • she never could sing Miss Langford again. Finally she tried a note or two and discovered to her horror that she was singing a full qctave • below her normal voice. For better better or for worse, she was a contralto. contralto. And it turned out for the better. Her contralto voice, which she so despised, became one of the most romantic voices in radio. The girl, the star of Universal's '•next film musical, "Cowboy in Manhattan," Frances Langford. .-.*.*• r ; DREAM COME TRUE O NE night some eight years ago two sisters scraped together enough nickels and dimes to see a picture titled "Flying Down to Rio," the first of the Fred Astaire- Ginger Rogers musicals. The sisters sisters were down - on - their - luck vaudeville dancers and they were •completely thrilled by the dancing of Astaire and Miss Rogers. So thrilled; in fact, that they sat through the picture three times, later incorporated one of the dance . routines into .their vaudeville and night club act. . But now the girl who used ,to make believe she was Ginger Rogers doesn't - have to- pretend she's somebody else dancing with Fred Astaire. She can be herself. The girl, Fred 'Astaire's current dancing partner in "The Sky's the Limit," Joan Leslie. . . .*.».* SCENE STEALEH '.. . -heardf isajiy- Etories-cf ,4^': how. stars were born because -'of ' : -"a -'series of successful minor _.. roles. But this ^.story is different. .jit's' the. story of a man who became became a star -because he was a no• no• body. It;happened ten years ago. ~> A reigning star. of the' moment was '; the late'. Jean Harlow. She was /' r about"to start work in a film title*d . i "The Redheaded Woman." .... •:' ; ; She was . to : .have : a half- .dozen love affairs"; and one of them was to be with her chauffeur. The role .was small; but called for unusual personality and charm. A chauffeur chauffeur who could plausibly have a love affair with the supercharged Jean Harlow .could obviously be no grease-monkey. The .studio was having trouble iinding an ac"' ac"' tor .to play- fhe part'. • One One day, watching the rushes of a picture in a studio.. projection room, Jean Harlow saw .a new fa'ce, an amazingly interesting per• per• ' sonality. It was just -a flash, for the actor was playing a tiny role. The star had "the projectionist fe- . run- the film. She watched fasc'i- --.v;-nated. "Who .is that man?" she asked. "We must have him 'for the role of .the chauffeur." It was arranged, arranged, and a npbcdy played .the role— and bedifrhe.a star. The man —a French actor 'brought, to America;,to America;,to do-.French versions of Hol- lywopd pictures, •• Charles Boyer.