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18 Apr 1921 – Triple Named Parrot Escapes From Film Studio

June Mathis, has a pet parrot, which boasts of three names is among the missing. The writer of the screen version of Metro’s —The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ had as the constant companion of her leisure moments, the loquacious bird until a few mornings ago it took fright at a sudden noise and fluttered over Hollywond housetops and away. Anybody finding a parrot that answers to the names of “Metro, Polly or Laura’’ that is a stranger to profanity and bears a yellow mark on its green back, is asked to return it to Miss Mathis.

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21 Feb 1928 – Poor Mills

If allegations in litigation ore correct, Mrs. Millie Hawkes, New York, at 85 years, bobs and dyes her hair, has 50 pairs of shoes, five fur coats and is the mother of the late June Mathis,  Metro scenario writer. Mills is being sued for half of an estate of $50,000 under an undated will. Silvano Balboni, her son-in-law, says he is maintaining her in luxury and wants out.

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18 Feb 1919 – Here’s a Lesson for All Budding Scenario Writers

June Mathis, who heads the screen writing staff at the new Metro Studios, Hollywood, recently rejected a manuscript submitted to her by a budding Pennsylvania writer. She accompanied the returned motion picture story with the following note: “Your plot would be splendid If it weren’t for prohibition. Your villain is drunk every time he attempts any of his dirty work. I cannot imagine any man robbing a bank under the influence or wrecking a train while intoxicated by near beer, or abducting the ingenue as a result of looking on the grape juice while it was purple. “The jag, on the screen and off, is very much out of the fashion these days. Try to motivate your stories with something that has a real kick, but contains no alcohol. “P. S. —I might also add that Percy is not a good name for your hero. He fights with his bare hands; usually when they’re named Percy they don’t soil ’em that way.”

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25 Jan 1922 – Hollywood Invites Sarah Earnhardt to 10th Anniversary

Hollywood has invited Madame Sarah Earnhardt to attend the tenth anniversary of the birth of the feature motion picture. The following cablegram has been filed to the famous actress at her home in Paris: “We, as representatives of American motion picture art, invite you to visit America to be honor guest In nationwide celebration of tenth birthday of feature motion picture. This invitation is in recogniton of tact that you were frst as you have been greatest artist to lend your genius to establish motion picture as art. “Your example ten years ago in creating ‘Queen Elizabeth,’ first feature picture, gave this new art impetus which has carried it it Us position’ as most important entertainment of world. Your appearance in ‘Queen Elizabeth’was inspiration to motion pictures as your appearance on speaking stage always has been inspiration to drama.” The cablegram bore the following signatures of Hollywood Elite: William DeMille. chairman; Rex Ingram, Wallace Reid. Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Anita Stewart, George Melford, Douglas Fairbanks, Agnes Ayres, Guy Bates Post, William S. Hart, Penrhyn Stanlaws, Maurice Tourneur, Elinor Glyn, Betty Compact;, Norman Talmadge, Dorothy Dalton, .William D. Taylor, Constance Talmadge, Jack Holt, Theodore Kosloft, Douglas Mac Lean, Clayton Hamilton, Mary Miles Minter, Clara Beranger, Bebe Daniels, Buster Keaton, May McAvoy, Constance Binney, * Pauline Frederick, Theodore Roberts, John M. Stahl, Thomas Meighan, Charles Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Richard Walton, Tully, and June Mathis.

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11 Jan 1909 – June Plays Part

June Mathis plays the leading woman’s part with charm. The supporting company is excellent, and the scenic climax of the third act, when the stage is set to represent the deck of a yacht in a wild gale is a masterpiece.

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24 Dec 1918 – A busy girl

June Mathis, head of Metro’s scenario department, has hung up a record for other scenarists to shoot at during her 10 weeks in California at Metro’s Hollywood studios, where she migrated Irom New York. In two months and a half Miss Mathis has completed three continuities, one of seven reels and the other five-part program pictures; titled six productions for four different stars; imparted the “feminine touch” to two pictures in course of production and gone through a mass of bocks and original stories is head of her department. She will do far in her career.

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23 Dec 1924 – Natacha sends June on her way

Hollywood tongues have been wagging over the newest sensation of studio circles.  What will be the result of the ruption between Mrs. Valentino and June Mathis? For the time being “Rudy” has bowed to his imperious wife and let his ablest friend and sponsor go her way. It was Miss Mathis who started Valentino on the road to opulence and fame. She picked him for the lead for “The Four Horsemen” she saw an opportunity and it paid off in a big way.  Mrs. Valentino who wrote “The Scarlet Power” saw what changes Miss Mathis had made in it, the grand smashup came. So “Cobra” was substituted and all the grand vestments and shining armour for the Rambova story were packed away.  Cost of the switch runs into the hundres of thousands, but the wife, who in other matters also laid down the law, is triumphant.  No one concerned will talk, but Valentino retains his admiration for Miss Mathis. But only from a safe distance.

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18 Nov 1919- No Tricks for Her

What will you do next?” asked June Mathis of Mme. Nazimova. Narimova has just completed the filming of “Stronger Than Death’” from an I. A. H. Wylie novel of India. She laughed. “That sounds as though you expected me to stand on my head or turn a handspring,” she said.

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5 Oct 1919 – Viola Dane Cuts Off Curls for Art’s Sake

Viola Dane sacrificed her beautiful chestnut curls in the cause for art when she undertook the stellar role in Tile Microbe,” the appealing Metro drama picture by writer June Mathis from Henry Altimus’ Alnslee’s Magazine story in which the little star will be seen at the Hose theater today. Miss Dane’s ringlets were much in evidence in “Satan Junior” and “Blue Jeans,” but they had no place in ‘The Microbe” so Viola just made a little wry smile of regret and snipped them off.  Some of the early incidents in her” newest photoplay called for Miss Dane to appear in Troy’s clothing, wearing a cap. Hence the bobbed hair. But the beauty of it is that the tiny star is even cuter, in the opinion of her director, Henry Otto, than she was when her curls fell over her shoulders.

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1 Sep 1919 – What’s Difference Between Studio and Insane Asylum?

June Mathis, heart of the Metro scenario department and her secretary, Florence Heim were most amused hy the actions and unties of the crowd of actors on the setting where Viola Dana, in Not Married,” was escaping from a hotel fire actors were guests at the hotel aid, dressed in pajamas, nighties or kimonos, rushed madly back and forth as tlie smoke poured nut of the building. “What propounced Miss Mathis, is the diference between a motion picture studio and an insane asylum?” “Well.” said her secretary, “you can go out of a studio and not in. You can go into an insane asylum and not out.” “Right.” said Miss Mathis.

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21 Aug 1925 – June Mathis & Silvano Balboni

On the set at United Studios: There’s June Mathis and Rex Ingram responsible for the making of “The Four Horsemen” into one of the greatest movies ever produced. June is now supervising filming of her own production for First National called “Viennese Medley.” A new director is directing through a huge megaphone. He is Kurt Rehfeld. Kurt was Rex Ingram’s assistant. Miss Mathis gave him this chance. Seated behind Rehfeld watching the action are Miss Mathis and her husband, Silvano Balboni. While Conway Tearle and May Allison do a bit of Viennese romancing before the camera, I reflect on the fact that all the movie Romeo-and-Julieting isn’t done “for the benefit of cinema.” There’s the case of June and Silvano. I knew Balboni when he was making “Shifting Sans,” a movie with Peggy Hyland. It was filmed in the Libyan desert in North Africa j and Balboni “shot” the most stirring desert riding stuff ever seen in a movie. Returning to America, Balboni met June Mathis and there was a mutual palpitation of hearts. “Bal” was amazed at the vivid vital personality of Miss Mathis. Silvano’s Byronic head attracted the dynamic authoress executive. They were married and today in Hollywood are an outstanding example of professional and martial felicity. They are working together now to make Miss Mathis initial production “on her own” the biggest thing yet done

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19 Jul 1921 – Film Folks Make Plea in Church for Tolerance

Asking for tolerance of a growing industry, and for aid rather than discouragement in a fight to raise the standard of motion pictures, half a dozen prominent figures in the film world addresses a large audience last night at Immanuel Presbyterian church hero. “We ask that intelligent censorship only be permitted,” declared Charles F. Eyton. general manager of the Famous Players-Lasky corporation. “Censorship in the hands of fanatics will ruin the movie industry.” Other speakers included Reginald Barker, Bert Lytell, Kathleen Williams, June Mathis and Rev. Dr. C. B. Winbigler.

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31 Aug 1921 – BEAUTY BANS WAVES FOR “FOUR HORSEMEN”

From the waves to the field of dramatic acting. Virginia Warwick, one of the famous Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties, deserted the lure of the swimming tank and the sandy beach and appears in one of the stellar roles in “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” a Rex Ingram production for Metro, coming Saturday matinee for limited engagement at Loew’s State, with presentations at 2:15 and 8:15 o’clock thereafter. Miss Warwick in her portrayal of Chichi, the sister of the hero in this screen version by June Mathis, of the novel of Vicente Blasco Ibanez, gives to the Spanish-American beauty of the story that wealth of impulsive girlishness which one imagines such a character should possess. This former water nymph is from Missouri and came to California from St. Louis some two years ago. She was still attending high’school, being only slightly more than 15 years old —when in company with a theatrical friend she paid a visit to the Mack Sennett school of bathing beauties. Mack Sennett met her and for eighteen months her charm and beauty formed one of that galaxy of reasons why the beach of California is so popular with the motion picture fans. It was no accident or lucky chance that landed Virginia Warwick in “The Four Horsemen.” “Mr. Ingram didn’t happen to see me wandering about the hotel corridors or behold me dancing in a Los Angeles theater,” Miss Warwick explained. “I knew Mr. Ingram and had been looking for an opportunity to break into dramatic work. Director Ingram is a stickler for types and as I happened to fit his conception of Chichi, the sister of the hero in ’The Four Horsemen,’ I got the job.”

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31 Jan 1924 – Writer Leaves for Europe

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16 May 1919 – Theater Notes

A Russian star, a French director, an American scenario writer and Italian camera man and a Chinese story are the chief factors in the colossal Nazimova production, “The Red Lantern,” starring Nazimova herself, which was produced in this city at a cost of over a quarter of a million dollars and which will be shown at the California. Nazimova is a daughter of Russia; her director, M, Albert Capellani, is French —for a number of years the most noted of all cinema directors in Paris, with Pathe; June Mathis, gifted American woman writer, prepared the scenario; camera man, Eugene Gaudio, is Italian, and the story, from the novel by Edith Wherry, is laid in an Oriental setting.

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26 Jul 1927 – June Mathis Dies in Theatre

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June Mathis as an extra on set of The Four Horsemen.

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17 Aug 1909 – Local Actress Gaining Favor

Word has just reached Salt Lake that June Mathis, known to nearly all old residents for her wonderful ability as an amateur actress, has become leading woman for the Shuberts in the Eastern Production of “Going Some” the Paul Armstrong-Rex Beach play, which carried New York by storm during the close of last season.  Miss Mathis will be remembered for her trips through Salt Lake with Ezra Kendall in an number of plays, but especially for her pleasing work as Polly in “Brewsters Millions” in which, she starred for two seasons.  Miss Mathis is with company No 1 in “Going Some” and will not come West this year. Rehearsals have been finished, and the play will open in Atlantic City for a week, when it will go direct to Chicago for an indefinite booking.  Later, the company will visit the larger cities of the East.  The charming actress has been steadily climbing toward the top of her profession during the last few years and now, less than twenty-two years of age, she has reached a station acquired by but few women the stage no matter of how varied an experience. but in spite of her successes, Miss Mathis is still June Mathis, unassuming, jolly and charming.  Now that she has become the leading woman for the Shuberts, she will not be seen by her home people for a year or two, at the least, but many friends will wish her continued success. W.D. Mathis and Miss Laura Mathis of Salt Lake are the father and sister of the rising young actress, and are overjoyed at her latest triumph.

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