Radio stars (June 1933)

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As Elsie looks when broadcasting her "Magic Voice" series. Before this series, Elsie played in "Joe Palooka" and "The Eno Crime Club." Elsie and Thelma Marsh. Miss Marsh is a young stage actress who has been chosen to understudy Elsie. Their voices are similar. THE SUCCESS STORY OF THE LITTLE ODD ONE be evident. But it never was as pretty as the others'. To add insult to injury there was a blond strand of hair on the right side of Elsie's head in the front and she had one blond eyebrow. To hide the blond hair she in- sisted upon wearing a big rosette over it because it seemed to be there by mistake. Besides, when Edward was the youngest and Norma and Isabelle hadn't arrived yet, everyone in the family except Elsie and Dad had the bluest of blue eyes. Elsie had dark brown eyes and even Dad who loved to tease the children couldn't imagine where they came from. It wasn't quite so bad when the two younger girls came upon the.scene because they turned out to have dark eyes, too, but unfortunately for Elsie, they had golden, natural curly hair like the others. AND so began Elsie's inferiority complex. As if Dad's teasing were not enough, Mother, who had the kind- est heart in the world, innocently helped the complex to grow, for whenever she introduced her flock to company she said, "And this is Elsie, the little odd one." Poor Mother! She meant only that little Elsie was the most serious of them all, with her great tragic brown eyes but Elsie brooded and brooded on being the "little odd one" and finally consulted a school chum who said darkly : "If you don't look like the others, you must be adopted. I think I am." Elsie, with large tears in her brown eyes, asked Mother that afternoon and the poor woman was horrified. She tried to explain to the child what she had meant and to console her as best she could. Brown eyes were just as nice as blue and already her face showed a lot of charac- ter for a child. But Elsie at nine, preferred beauty to character. Gertrude, the eldest, was like a little girl in a fairy tale and Thelma, Norma and Isabelle were much too beautiful for Elsie's peace of mind. She was sure that she must be some strange baby adopted out of the goodness of Mother's heart. After a long session, Elsie was practically convinced that she belonged to the family. But since she was sure she couldn't compete with her sisters where beauty was concerned, it was clear that she would have to do something quite wonderful to attract attention. She could sing rather (Continued on page 47) 19