Nunnally Johnson One Word After Another Miss Edna Wallace Hopper March 10, 1924

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Nunnally Johnson One Word After Another Miss Edna Wallace Hopper March 10, 1924 - ONE WORD AFTER ANOTHER By NUNNALLY JOHNSON Miss...
ONE WORD AFTER ANOTHER By NUNNALLY JOHNSON Miss Edna Wallace Hopper, the "62-Year-Old "62-Year-Old "62-Year-Old "62-Year-Old "62-Year-Old Flapper," Is Exactly 50 Years, 2 Months and 2 Days Old, and Miss Ward, "Age 75," Is 49. TWO actresses, both quite prominent prominent a few years ago but now passing Into the twilight of their careers, are capitalizing very well a present fancy among elderly women. -The -The fancy is, of course, the agonizing efforts to look no older than Babj' Peggy. Miss Kdna Wallace Hopper and Miss Fannie Ward are presenting themselves somewhat in the light of freakish-ness. freakish-ness. freakish-ness. They are pretending they are much older than the records generally generally regarded as authentic show them to be. Miss Hopper, the third of DeWolf Hopper's series of temporary wives, was born, according to "Who's Who in Music and Drama," on Jan. 17. '.8 74, which gives her exactly 50 vears. She is at present playing in vaudeville in the outlying .districts of the Cnltcd States, such as Lattlc Ilock. Ark., and San Krancisco. Cal.. ;.s "the 62-year-old 62-year-old 62-year-old 62-year-old 62-year-old flapper." and, vvhot is most extraordinary, dressing the part. Miss Ward, a derade ago a star In the movies, is now In Kngland. Phe was born, also according to "Who's Who in Music, and Drama," in 1875. This would give her. calcu-'atlng calcu-'atlng calcu-'atlng along the customary lines, 49 years, or one less than Miss Hop-pcr's; Hop-pcr's; Hop-pcr's; but the most recent of her claims is that she is 75, or old enough to be Miss Hopper's mother. Miss Hopper and Miss Ward aim. of course, to be considered a couple of miracles. One Is expected, upon ilghllng either, to exclaim, "No: Really! Ymi can't, absolutely can't, be 112 tor 7;M." And as a matter of fact, they can't and aren't. Hut it's an excellent act. and people in such places as Little ltock. San Krancisco and Knglnnd may believe it. One afternoon recently Miss Hopper Hopper passed through the lobby of the first hotel of the town in which her vaudeville turn was then playing. And. as chance would have It, the writer was lounging In the lobby r.f this hotel, smoking an idle cigarette which he had borrowed from a stranger. He had never seen DeWolf Hooper's first wife, much less his .bird, so he had no way of knowing who this passerby was. Tiut in common with the other obbv Injingers his eyes followed the voung woman to the desk, for truly li was an amazing sight. Nobody onite so young had ever passed through this lobby, unless one ex-t ex-t ex-t epts Jackie Coogan. She wore blue, sky blue, dress and cope, cut after a military fashion and with red trimming, trimming, and a small hat, vividly mem. f ruble for its originality If not for its color. Her skirt ended its duties in Inch or so below the knees. Her lees were slender, shapely and silk elad. She went upstairs in the f levntor. "Wlyse child." I asked the man iom whom I'd borrowed the cigarette, cigarette, "is thai ?" "That." lie replied, his voice hoarse with excitement, "is Kdna Wallace Hopper.:' "Well:" I exclaimed, and you eonhl have knocked me down with a baseball bnt. It was the first time I'd ever seen ene of these children manufaeturf d from middle-aged middle-aged middle-aged women. She was playing nt a. local theater -"Kclna -"Kclna Wallace Hopper, the Sixty-Two-Vffir-Old Sixty-Two-Vffir-Old Sixty-Two-Vffir-Old Sixty-Two-Vffir-Old Sixty-Two-Vffir-Old Sixty-Two-Vffir-Old Sixty-Two-Vffir-Old Flapper." 1 called at the the-;i(er the-;i(er the-;i(er 'o g"l an interview and, mainly, to see her a bit closer. I doubted, after that first view, that she was old enough yet to talk, excepting perhaps to say "mama" and "papa" and "by-by." "by-by." "by-by." I was told at tho theater that Bhe would be glad to see me after the performance. Meanwhile, with a courtesy that left me leaning ttrengthless against a wall, the manager invited me to see the performance. performance. ' My recollection of this performance performance is the slncerest tribute to the art of the surgeon who had "lifted" Miss Hopper's tnce. which was all the rejuvenation process theretofore undergone by her, that ho could lesirn. From the various glandular operations, such as the one described in that book by that author about whom Miss Marjorie Dorman is now writing in The Kagle. tho patient expects to reap something resembling the fundamentals of youth, the zest and spirit of the earlier years. But Trom a simple "lifting" of the face, 'ittle more is expected than an al-lercd al-lercd al-lercd appearance, the surface of youth. One would have counted it a victory for science had Miss Hopper appeared simply in the role of a ouiet. benign ami placid woman, knitting or tatting, but possessed of the face of Ann Pennington. No more would have been asked. Instead, a slight, and charming figure rushed to the footlights, threw up her arms (n youthful abandon and, for 15 or 20 minutes, danced unceasingly about the stage with more energy and vim than any three children In the history of the world. No one could possibly be as young as Miss Hopper appeared and acted. She was roguish, coquettish, coy. She teased, skipped, smiled und smiled and smiled. She wan, one had reason to suspect, Jackie Coo-gnn's Coo-gnn's Coo-gnn's kid sister. Had DeWolf Hopper, Hopper, now rather heavy and elderly and gray, entered the theater and Eeen this childish vision, whom he might have remembered having married married in 1893, he doubtless would have fainted and fallen across the aisle, thus, blocking it in the event of fire. After the show she came to the lobby to be interviewed. As for the report on how actually she looked, it. may be said that, on the one hand, she did not look the, 62 years which she does not own. and, on tho other, that she did not look quite the precocious child which she acted. She looked. I am afraid, nearer her ,rue age. One can Judge from this only that, if" a "lifting" of the face can result In this public excess of vitality, a few of the operations such as are reported being undergone now will presently fill the streets of Brooklyn Brooklyn with scores of old women, springing springing gayly over barrels, shinning up telephone posts, playing hop-scotch, hop-scotch, hop-scotch, leap-frog. leap-frog. leap-frog. throwing kisses und vhooping at passing schoolboys. t G. & W. Halbert In'-orporntrit In'-orporntrit In'-orporntrit EMftblUhed 1869 PAINTERS, DECORATORS, WALL PAPERS, HARDWOOD FLOORS AND UPHOLSTERY 33 LAFAYETTE AVE. Tel. 2862 Ntfini

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle19 Mar 1924, WedPage 22

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)19 Mar 1924, WedPage 22
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