"Are We Downhearted?
No" Mabel's Last Word
Mabel Normand has gone to
But Mabel has been at least half a Californian ever since she made her first success there. She goes back with all the weight of the added prestige she has gained in Goldwyn pictures in the East and even then she doesn't weigh very much. We mean this literally, of 'course, for we are very strong for Mabel, "if you know what we mean." Now, seeing Mabel other than on the screen is not so easy as it sounds, for Mabel is notoriously forgetful of appointments. But she professes to like us, and we believe her, for when she made an appointment, with us she not only kept it, but she arrived there first, so that we found her waiting for us. It was like "Little Mabel, little Mabel, with her face against the pane."
"In one way I feel rather like the farmer, you remember, who said: 'Goin' to town to get drunk, and, gosh! how I dread it.' I know I'll be tickled to death once I'm out there, but, gosh how I dread leaving. One of the funniest jokes I ever heard was the "traveling for pleasure' phrase. It is about as sensible as the idea of going to the dentist for pleasure. I hate traveling!" said Mabel emphatically.
"But cheero! At any rate, there'll be no more of that ungodly trip over the
"Of course I hate leaving mother. No, she isn't a stage 'mother.' She is the real thing in mothers, I can tell you. Every one always seems so surprised when I speak of mother. Don't I look as though I had a mother? She is the mother I told you of who had such long eyelashes. When I was little I used to call them thick mustaches. My week ends with her on
That's one reason my friends mean so much to me, no matter where I am", for a moment the Normand eyes, with their absurdly long, lacy lashes, looked out into the throng of passers-by, and there was a far away look in them.
"Oh, but are we downhearted No!" she said with a sudden and characteristically Normandesque change of mood. "I should jolly well rather say not, as Charlie Chaplin used to say. The war is over, and in a short while, I hope, she'll have my brother back. I wish I could be here to meet him . . ."
We shifted the conversation to
We asked her what new play she was going to work on first. "Sis able to go on playing it and making money out of it for so many years. "Broad comedy seems to be the only thing for me. The public pays the piper and has a right to call the tune.
able to go on playing it and making money out of it for so many years. "Broad comedy seems to be the only thing for me. The public pays the piper and has a right to call the tune.
Mr. Goldfish says he'll let me do nothing else in future. I suppose I'll have to spend the rest of my screen life rollicking as I did in “Peck's Bad Girl” and "A Perfect 36.” “Sis
COURTESY OF BRUCE LONG