WITH A QUIET HEART by Eva Le Gallienne


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In 1931, Miss Le Gallienne wrote At 33 -- and then had the accident that so badly burned and scarred her hands so that there was the chance that her career might be finished. But a holiday in Europe, which included a job as a super in the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris, sent her home ready for the necessary operations and the hard work connected with the Civic Repertory Theatre on 14th Street. The record of her years since that time is one of play production, of a long, hard fight for an acting theatre along European lines and up to European standards of touring, of settling more and more in the country. With the collapse of the Civic Repertory Theatre, and still in pursuit of the kind of theatre she dreamed of, there were other plays to appear in, to direct and to work on -- L'Aiglon, dramas of Ibsen and Chekhov, Uncle Harry, revivals, modified versions of repertory, vaudeville -- and there were new associations to form, with Margaret Webster, Cheryl Crawford, and then came lecturing, with, currently, no definite plans for the future. There are convictions here but no stridencies, theories but no theatrics and her professional story is filled in with an unaccented review of her personal life. For the serious follower of footlight history rather than those who succumb to a tremblant Tallulah, this will be rewarding reading.

Publisher: Viking