Photoplay November 1926 Vol. XXX Number Six
The Price They Paid for Stardom
By Myrtle West
Do they profit by their popularity—or are they victims of fate?
WouId you want to be a star—If you knew that you never could laugh?
If you had to go through life with cross-eyes?
If it cost you the love of your husband or wife ?
If you might have to pay for fame with your life ?
Oddly enough, Lillian Gish’s regime is like Mae Murray’s. Lillian has less real fun than any girl in the world. Although somewhere around the age of thirty, Lillian is constantly chaperoned. Lillian’s public demands a nun like idol. And Lillian lives up to this ideal with amazing consistency.
Lillian cannot marry. No one wants to think of her as a domestic little wife.
Lillian cannot eat in public; she might spoil the illusion.
Lillian cannot wear gay clothes, flirt, dance, or lose her temper. Lillian’s life is divided between the studio and her home. At the studio she works hard and there is seldom any joking or laughing on her set.
When she goes home, she rides in a curtained limousine with her chaperon. At home, she reads stories and scripts and sits with her invalid mother.