How Some Photoplayers Spent Christmas Fifteen Years Ago

Jack Dillon: "I spent Christmas 15 years ago eating turkey dinner with the folks, home for a boarding school holiday."

Olive Thomas: "I was learning to skate 15 years ago Christmas. What I learned then helped me a whole lot with my dancing and screen work. I advise every girl to take up athletic sports."

Alma Ruebens: "I spent Christmas 15 years ago in the best town in the whole wide world. I was a wee girl and happy with lots of toys and a Christmas tree in San Francisco."

Bill Desmond: "I was playing on the road with a 'Quo Vadis' company 15 years ago Christmas. Worked hard all day."

Ruth Stonehouse: "I was in a girls' boarding school 15 years ago Christmas and quarantined with the measles. I will never forget that eventful day."

Irene Hunt: "I was playing a kid part in 'The Price of Honor' with Joseph Santley on the road fifteen years ago Christmas. I remember the day very well, because another little boy in the company punched Joe in the nose for stealing one of my dolls."

Belle Bennett: "I was playing Little Eva in 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' in my father's theatrical company 15 years ago Christmas."


And What They'll Do This Time!

Olive Thomas states that she is going for a glorious spin in her car with a party of friends, and afterward have dinner in her Los Angeles home. She does not state who the members of the party will be, but we suspect Jack Pickford will be favored with an invitation. Miss Thomas says: "This is the best Christmas of my life, because it marks the end of my first year in pictures, and they tell me I am making good. I hope I have made many, many friends among photoplay fans, and to them I send heaps of good wishes for a gay Christmas. To Photo-Play Journal please express my gratitude for their attention to a new and struggling star, also my sincere good wishes for its continued success as a beautiful representative of filmland."

Alma Ruebens: "I just wish I could lay hands on the little girl who first told me Santa Claus was a fake! Wouldn't I, though? Of course, I am going to have a party of my best friends in for dinner, and we shall have a merry time of it on Christmas, but I'm always sorry at this time of year that I can't look forward to Old St. Nick and his reindeer. Or does the old fellow use a motor-truck these days? Anyway, I hope he leaves something nice for all of you. A Merry Christmas to Photo-Play Journal and its host of readers. It gives me a little thrill to know I can say 'Merry Christmas' to so many thousands."

Bill Desmond: "Thank heaven the silent drama is also quiet on the day of all days! I spent a good many years before the footlights, sometimes playing in road companies whose managers were no respecters of the red-type dates on the calendar, and I believe I voice the sentiments of all moving picture folks who have suffered the joys of snatching a bit of turkey and cranberry between the holiday matinee and the evening performances. Christmas morning, and the studio is locked up tighter than a drum! Will I enjoy it? Well, I am wishing the readers of Photo-Play Journal the same!"

Ruth Stonehouse: "To all the readers of Photo-Play Journal, to all the fans, and to my friends of the greatest industry in the world, my heartiest Christmas greeting."

Irene Hunt: "When I was a little girl, grown-up folks used to say that a green Christmas was a bad omen. But we are quite used to seeing everything green out here on the Coast, and most likely I'll be playing golf or gathering posies in my garden while some of the Photo-Play Journal readers are snugly bundled up for coasting and skating parties. But it will be Christmas everywhere, and I want to wish you all the good things of the season."

Belle Bennett: "May the coming Christmas be the happiest one in the lives of Photo-Play Journal and its readers. I shall think of them on the great day."


—Originally published in Photo-Play Journal, December 1917