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In Dorothy Manners' selection of the six most beautiful actresses on the screen, Corinne Griffith represents the patrician type.
came to write the story about Jack, I found I had material only for an autobiography of Dorothy. So I called up his press agent, Milt Howe. I said, "Milt, what'll I do ? Jack Holt was so perfectly charming the other night that
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I forgot my mission. I even forgot he was an actor. You're going to have to help me out and tell me tilings about him."
"Well," mused Milt, via the phone, "what do you want to know? He was born in Virginia. W hen he was a kid, his father, an Episcopal clergyman, was called to a parish near New York, and Jack received a great share of his education in that State. Later, the family moved back to Virginia and Jack finished his school career at the Virginia Military Institute. Is that any help ?"
"It will be, in case I do a biography, but I don't think I will. What were some of the high lights along his way?"
Milt mused further: "He used to be a civil engineer with a railroad company out in the West somewhere. I don't know just where."
"A lot of help you are," I fretted. "Well, anyway, after that he purchased a ranch in Oregon and started raising cattle. That's how he acquired his knowledge of horsemanship. He's a whiz on a horse."
"So I've heard. Tell me something I don't know." "Do you know that up in Alaska he once acted as a freighter for the 'government mails, driving a dog team hundreds of miles across the wilderness every week?"
"Good heavens ! And he let me tell him about my first trip from Texas to California ! But go on."
"After that he joined a vaudeville companv and later a traveling stock company. When he got out to Hollywood, he decided to quit and go into the movies. His first job was a doubling act of riding his horse across a thirty-foot cliff into a river below."
"And he let me tell him how I rode a donkey up a mountain in Hot Springs," I wailed.
"You ought to learn to keep still," Milt advised. But that was all right. Milt is a friend of mine. I'd be just as insulting to him if the occasion arose. "If you want to play up that b i o g r a p h y angle, I'll send you all the facts on paper," he continued encouragingly.
"But I've read so many biographies on Jack Holt !" I said. "Maybe it would be better to tackle some other phase. For instance, he's the only actor I know who lives the life of a country gentleman. I have always believed his career was merely his business to him. His real existence seems to be in his home."
"That's right," said Milt.
"It wouldn't be a bad idea, either, to play up the idea that he is the only actor who is a member of the Midwick Country Club, the most exclusive club in California."
"I don't know," Milt vetoed. "Jack isn't keen on having that social angle played up."
Mary Astor she designates as of perfection."