Radio stars (June 1933)

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(Left) At one year. (Above) From the family album. Father, Gertrude, Thelma, Elsie (center) brother Edward and Mother. Elsie was the "different" one of the family—just sort of tolerated. But curiously enough,that attitude towards her made her a success By D E N A REED HAVE you a little inferiority complex in your make- up? Fine, because ten to one it's making you "show the world" and you'll develop a talent you never thought you had if that darned complex hadn't started vou off. ' That's how Elsie Hitz began—she whose remarkable speaking voice got her the title role in Ex-Lax's "The Magic Voice" sketches and the lead in Bourjois' "Mys- teries of Paris," together with an exclusive contract with options and an unheard of salary. Elsie's complex was far from little for she started out ■ in life—in Cleveland where her family lived—under the I unhappy illusion that she was the one "black sheep" of 1 a flock of very white and woolly ones. There were five girls and one boy and all of them except Elsie had natur- ally curly blond hair which they had inherited from their beautiful English mother. Even Edward, who didn't need it, had sunny hair that fell in ringlets. This was a thorn in Elsie's side inasmuch as her own dark brown hair was as straight as a poker and had to be put up every night in curl papers so that some semblance of a wave might