Talking pictures : how they are made and how to appreciate them (1937)

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Stars young, with his greatest acting development often still to come, his public will eventually drop away from him. There will be no work for him except in minor, obscure pans, so he may be forced to enter an entirely new profession, usually either screen writing or screen direction. And comparatively few become either writers or directors. It is an axiom in the theatrical business, "Once an actor, always an actor." One star of the past lives today on a beautiful ranch outside of Los Angeles. He was shrewd in his investments and has ample means. But an actor to his fingertips, he is an unhappy man. Gladly he would part with his fortune if he could be assured that once more his name would appear above the name of a picture, in the "star billing." The star has his moment of shining glorv, but he also has definite worries. If he does not go into some other profession, such as directing, it is doubtful whether in the end, he attains as much ultimate satisfaction as an obscure technician in his own studio. The strange but definite manner in which screen popularity disappears, overnight, gives the actor a powerful psychological body blow. [147]