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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Show Girl Has Been FOUND


For many years Alice's 1928 silent Show Girl was considered lost. In 2015 a print was found in Italy and restored. Show Girl was screened at New York's Film Forum on October 25, 2016. It was the first showing of the movie in 88 years! Warner Home Video may be releasing it on DVD soon. Show Girl was Alice's first starring role. She plays Dixie Dugan, an aspiring dancer fakes her own kidnapping as a publicity stunt. The cast includes Gwen Lee, Donald Reed, and Lee Moran. In 1930 Alice made a sequel Show Girl In Hollywood.






Happy Halloween

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Magazine Covers


Alice became one of Hollywood's most popular cover girls. She appeared on dozens of magazine covers during her career.








Quotes From Alice


On tough times "Knocks make you stronger. My chin ought to be scarred. But it's tough, it can take 'em. I like beans so if I had to eat a tin-can diet it wouldn't kill me."

On Marilyn Monroe: "Look at that Marilyn Monroe walk. I did it first. That's an Alice White walk!"

On marriage: "I have always felt that when I married I wanted it to last. I would rather take a chance on losing the man I loved during a long engagement than to rush into marriage and find later I had made a mistake."


On being a wife: "I went domestic with a vengeance. I even went to school to learn how to cook. But I don't think it was such a good idea. I think men resent women who are too domestic."

On silent films: "I only made on silent but they still think of me as a pioneer in silents."

On Hollywood marriages: "I've noticed that there aren't very many happy marriages in the show business. It almost seems as though you have to devote your time to taking care of either one thing or another - either your acting or your husband."


On being sexy: ""Sex appeal is great on the screen. They say I've got it. I don't know. The public seems to think so, but off screen it is nothing but a handicap."

On her early jobs: "My first job was as a stenographer in a real estate office. You see, I was in Hollywood high school where I was studying the commercial course. The call came at the school for a typist and I was sent to take the position."

On her image: "I wasn't a real madcap. I just married the wrong guys."


On Clara Bow: "You know people keep saying we're so much a alike and I, for one, was glad to meet Clara face to face and find out for myself."

On make-up: "Press your compact puff against the skin instead of rubbing it. Your face will look lovelier and you will be doing your skin a kindness."

On her past: "I never look back. What's past is past. I never saved a clipping when I was a star."


On kissing: "I can't see why women pretend they don't like to have a man who is really attractive kiss them. All women really like men to kiss them."

On love: "I've never met my one great passion. I'm still hunting for him. I'd like to meet a man who'd sweep me off my feet."

On being natural "I don't think audiences want me to speak very correct English. They want to hear me talk as any young American girl would talk so I am going to keep right on speaking in just my natural manner. I have tried to be natural in everything I do and I think that is why fans like me."

Alice's Mother & Grandmother

Alice and her grandmother Erselia

Alice's mother, Marian Alexander, was a show girl. She appeared in the Broadway musicals The Wild Rose and Nearly A Hero. In 1904 Marian made headlines when she sued producer Sam Shubert for $10,000 after he said she was "not beautiful".


She was briefly married to Alice's father, Audler White, but he left after she was born. Tragically Marian passed away when Alice was just three years old. Alice would be raised by her maternal grandparents in Patterson, New Jersey. Her grandfather Sanfalitsi Alexander owned a fruit business. Alice developed a very close relationship with her grandmother Erselia Alexander. Erselia was born in Milan, Italy in 1861. She married Sanfalitsi when she was twenty-one and they had six children. In 1885 Erselia and her family immigrated to the United States. She gave an interview about her famous granddaughter in 1929. You can read it here ...


Childhood pictures of Alice 

Trivia


~ Alice was only five feet tall

~ Her real hair color was reddish brown. She dyed it blonde so people would stop comparing her to Clara Bow.

~ At the height of her fame she was earning $2000 week


~ Alice loved animals. She had many pets including a Chow named Ching A Ling and a Sheep dog named Snoots.

 ~ She was briefly engaged to director to director Frank O'Neil

~ Warner Brothers gave her a limousine when she signed a contract with them


~ Alice lost thirty pounds after making The Sea Tiger in 1927. She struggled with her weight throughout her life.

~ Warner Brothers gave her a limousine when she signed a contract with them

~ She spent more than $10,000 a year on her wardrobe


~ Alice has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1501 Vine Street

~ She was originally supposed to star in the 1934 movie Affairs of a Gentleman but she was replaced by Leila Hyams

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Autographs


Alice loved her fans and was always willing to sign autographs. Even when she was older she continued to answer her fan mail personally. Here are some authentic autographs from Alice ...