On a visit to my aunts Jean and Miriam in the 1980’s, Jean acted in a very curious manner. She was standing at her backdoor to her house in Selah, WA and she put her hand to her brow, palm out, and said in a very melodramatic manner. “I must go inside now and get beautiful.” She turned and swept into the house. I doubt beauty was really on her mind but something had inspired her. We were about to go on a drive somewhere so she was probably teasing me a little. The picture above is Jean in 1925 a little after the play below but I think you can see the actress in her. HA!
When I found this article in Eddie’s Collection of Junk and in the Cheney newspaper (Feb. 24, 1924) mentioning Jean acting in a play, I was delighted. The scenario above clicked and “I got it.” I do regret not questioning her about her actions for it could have produced some wonderful stories. I had been in an old-time melodramatic play in college, so we would have had a wonderful chat about our experiences. Sigh!
Eddie had this comment in her Collection of Junk and the names she mentions are in the program below.
Here is the program for the Fascinating Fanny Brown: