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MAURICE CHEVALIER REMEMBERS DAYS ON STREETS IN INTERVIEW t . MAURICE In spite pf the success that has made him one of the most talked of theatrical personalities of today, Maurice Chevalier has not forgotten the long, hard road to fame. Seated Friday in his suite at the Hotel Severln, where he is staying in his appearance at English's theater, he talked of his work, and his ambition to make another picture which will give him the opportunities of his first picture, "Innocent of Paris. - It will be better than the first," he said, "and different in many ways. But in It I shall have a chance to portray a 'fellow of the streets' where I was tor so many years, you know. That last was followed by one of the Chevalier smiles which flash across the screen so often, but are singularly rare offstage. In fact. Chevalier himself, charming and friendly as he is. is quite a serious person. It would seem that his air of light gayety is donned with his grease paint. "There are no better audiences in the world than American audiences," he said. "Of course., the response varies hi different cities. But they are all understanding and appreciative, and to arouse enthusiasm in a city which is ordinarily conservative is Just that much more of a triumph." Hard Work 8neeess Factor. Chevalier has no recipe for success, he said, except that of talent, a love and understanding of its requirements, and hard work. The last was emphasized. "But one must love the work." he said, "and X have always had a love for acting. X began when X was a boy of twelve, and have never cared todo any other sort of work." If one has a certain something, he thinks he stand a chance of success, even though he has no pull and no apparent opportunity to get on. "It will make itself known " he said. The reason so many thousands of girls who come to Hollywood never get & cn&nce to be heard Is that so many come with nothing but a pretty Ington for the Misses Virginia Byrd. Norma Larrabee and Margaret Ronk. Phi Rho Tau Sorority will be enter tained this evening at the home of Miss Mary Jane Guffey. following a theater party. The Tri Art Club will hold iU an nual anniversary dinner Saturday eve ning at Whispering Wind, which will be followed by a program given by members of. the club. m , . i , , . 1 ; f ; v ' t " : ' .' v CHEVALIER. face to recommend them. It takes far more than that." It is difficult to analyze the charm of Maurice Chevalier. Even considering his own formula for success - tal - ent. plus understanding, plus mHd work there is still an Indefinable something. It may be a combination of a special kind of charm, a keen sense of humor and a very evident desire to please. He has a genius for provoking laughter and he seems to have a complete understanding of himself and what he can do. He assumes none of the airs of the celebrity. Chevalier , is much - interested in the Dlspensaire for Artists, in Paris, to which he contributes from his earnings. It cares for all branches of the profession, he said, rrom the artists to ihj musicians and stage hands. In the course of a year, he said, free treatment is given , to an average of 2,000 persons. Friendly Hand Essential. Oolng back to the question of success, he said: "If one could analyze it, it would be ours for the asking. No one can tell of what it is formed, but It requires above all things a love of the work, and the ability to reach out over the footlights a friendly hand to the audience. When they understand, they will appreciate." Contrary to the statement often beard that he had begun the study of English long before the war. he said he learned his first lessons In the German prison camp where he was thrown with an English soldier. Up to that time, he said, he never had thought of appearing in English - speaking plays. His French songs, he said, seem to be as popular with his American audiences as his English. His chief recreation Li golf and going to shows In his leisure hours. "Not Just any show." he said, 'but the very good ones. I never tire of them." Sees No Climax in Career. As emphatically as he disclaimed any royal road to fame, he said there was no special turning point In his career, when he could say, "Now I have started on the road upward," and that he has no pet superstition. "You don't even regard the famous straw hat as a mascot?" he was asked. "Well, If I did. I wouldn't say so." he replied, "because that would be acknowledging a weakness." He confessed that he likes equally his work dn the stage and in pictures. "Because," he said. "I love It all. It is all what I have wanted to do since I we s old enough to have an ambition In life."

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  1. The Indianapolis News,
  2. 22 Jan 1932, Fri,
  3. Page 10

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