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Muriel Starr and Her Art. ' An Interyeiw. -

[Bj our Special Reporter ]

It was difficult to f-ay which was reallj the more musical Tnere was a npple of liughter like careless!} flun' notes of a flut» and a romping melody from a piano.

When thp door opened Miss Muriel Starr's face rivalled the glitter of the afternoon's sunshine and the rosv colours of dawn. It was all aglon nith fresh, happv comedj. a roguish gaiety of girlish abandon On Saturdw night I had eeeathat same face, in a sombre setting of grey cloud- and fugi rive shadouo, for, theatrical]} .speaking, this was Map' Turner, thet wrongfully con vieted saleswoman of Gilder's emporium, who, after three jeirs in Sing Sing, turned a thoroughly arnstic villain so subtlj intel lectual co skilled in the fine&e of criminal resouioe, that while she- never breaks the law fhe manages to ue able to bend it But that ii i «tagj portrait ' Awaj irom the fooMight Muriel Starr is the'othei side o Hie penm It must'requ re Eoms effort to di»cyl ne ti'at volatile temperament, to curb tln«c dimpled smiles, and to keep under lock and kev\ those laughing ge» tnres Vet, Miss Starr doji it, let me tell iou, doe» it wonderfully, too. Inat's art. —Better Than the Stage Picture.— Actresses d°ceive jou, tbpnsb. 'Some ire n\Lch better than they «ppfear from the dies' c rile and the galleij, and others, a'*«, aie not quite so successful. Now, Miso Starr i% much better, verj much. She can do without the magic of paint ind pencil and the kind wizararj of the ethereal spot Lght This talented joung American arc st -who charms by the eloquence of hei c-ffortiess realism is still almost in the bloom ai jouth, and jouth artifi cial colouring Tliere is nothing to hide. Roses, delicate pink ones, are et 11 growing on her cheeU, her b g grsj-blue ejes burn lustrously -and surelj Nature, and not com mon, ugly tongs, must hive attended to the tossing wav es of her ligh t-brow n hair. Miss Starr is far superior to her stage picture, attractive as that is, when, of course she hab thrown off the men al garb of the shop girl and blossoms into flowmg silks as rhe haughtv daughter m-law of the rich em ploj er who had sent her to prison. —The Hat Trick — It was Mr. William Murdoch, of the Clara Butt Company', -who was playing the piano yesterday I hope I am not tell ng tales out of school. When I entered the s'ttmg room for rav interview, he said, 'I will take Mr. Talbot down to have a turn at billiards, and let jou chat without,m terlopers. ' When they had gone Misa ctarr told me uhat a duffer she was at games of skill. ' 'Except on the stage,' I corrected. - 'And I'm noE the least bit sure about that,' she protested. I laughed at her incredulously . 'Really, I'm not,' she in sisted , , 'Well, let vour audiences judge that/' I retorted. 'How do you account for all that applause on Saturday night? I thought jou would get tired oovung jour acknowledgements. ' Then, don't forget the-ibouquets. either . You were like a. florist's shop when , the curtain fell.' 'Yes. yes. That was grand.' Miss Starr admitted with pardonable enthusiasm. Any actress would have felt elated over a re ception like that. The applause waa elec trical and. spontaneous. 'But I mean at Eames'like billiards, and cricket, and golf,' resumed the sunny, musical voice. 'I can't catch anythinjr. and I can't hit any thing Wait a minute, though. Yes, coming over in the boat, I did something reaTj wonderful Thev were playmg cricket on board and I had never seen the sport m my life. Madame Clara Butt and Mr. Kennerlev Rumford. who were among the -Da^senjrer'. were experts with the bat and ball.' The other side had-.thfee men;to.coiri and seven rims to make to win Ma ^kinper said I would have to bowl. I got the whole three wickets, and wenvon.' v ? - W-

— Dnfted Into It — Miss Starr caught me looking at a wed ding ring on hur finger. She ripped it off and to»sed it on the sofa with an elfish laugh. - 'Don't think I'm married/' she explained. 'You see I've been playing bridge, and I flatter myself that I am pretty fair at it. I put this on for a mascot, nnd I had bad luck ell the tame. My word, Itmust nob forget to take that rme back. Oh, tell me, are there any races on here. Saturday i, -My. I just love borseracing. It's £ ne. There have- not ?beea any contests .m America, for .five jwrs.' The sport cot a bit crooked, 'so thev cut it ont. It's coming along again a/bit now.' But interesting as this was, it waa not 'talking shop.' So. with one bold, delibe rate pull, I cot the conversation right back on the main . track. TIow did you come toj go on the stage?' I enquired After Miss Starr had told me, it seemed to be on the lines of the old, twisted adaue— '?Actresses will happen in tlie ? best '.oi' regulated families.' Tlus par ticular actress 'just 'sqrter* drifted into the profession.' How many years aso? Ah. no. Put it-another way, sir. How old was she when she began the life of the footlights? Well, six. Why, 'Miss Starr must lave fallen out of the cradle on to the- boards, that's all about it. She was a Starr then, and she is a star; now, only 'with a different scintillation— and salary. ..,„?' ?'?'And: I' guess, an American. Do you get':it?^rx^. : , ??:'.?. ?/ -.?: ;' ?:-?'?.'-???. - 'Guess .again,' she said. ' , 'Do you get me?'.;';r;V. -i \^-'^:. ??.?,; ?..??;; v'vv1 '.?.?:'.' ; 1 rw'Pm on,'r T i replied. ... ? 'You're ? a. Cana dianJ-fr'VxS. !?';?? ??',?}:?,?{':'? '??-?'?.?'-:-?.?;';'. ??;-* ?.-'-.-

;' '? ; ;;?' ;:'X X -^First :T^':Abrpad--^; :f^l, ;-; :,' ' /'Right; but 'I iwent to .New ;Yorlcrwhen I ^'is six,- though been on the stage Riice'I.wias 19.- ? Yes, I!m25.' 'but I've had a gbod:deal of esperience.;; When. I was 13 I was a leading woman in cheap melodra nuK. They^were; great, vogue in America at the time, hut the- pictures hqve.MIled them. -They ?were-marvellous: 010113.^11036 melodramas, I can' assure you. I shudder now when I recall them.,- But I_ don't despise those days; '.,'. There is nothing by which you can. land' your point so. weDas by ' melodrama. : and '\ after you have had bigger, experience, you can tone the, educa* tjon down. It generally leaves you with an eccellent foundation^ for strong, illustra tiye acting. .All .the people who were as eociateduWith . me in. those' spectacular school davs are big actors now.' _ . 'This, I suppose, is your first trip away from..the .domestic, apron strings -of {Ame- rican work?' ' _ ? -.; . ?';,; . ? 'Sure. Australia was the place I. always T,iantedtocqme;to. One of J. C. Williamson's representatives saw me in 'Within' the Law* and engaged me for along season out here. I think the people are 'liking it. -;You know' our season in Melbourne, where we opened.- 'That was' intended. for: only six weeks, and it nra to 14, breaking all pre vious records. 'Within the Law^is at pre^ sent playing to capacity houses in - America and-. England— enormous ^buaneK.' - -V ' : —The Idol of. Gallery Girls.— ..' ?' ''The drama has had: quite a romantic career?'',.' ' /? :'-v -' ? .;; '? ' ' - ;'yery.,FirBt was ajfailure, and the author re-wrote it. He dipped his pen- in-golden ink this time. The piece has become famous, as you ; know. I -love, my part. ; There is such a splendid call for dramatic acting. And do you notice the wonderful climaxes all through. - The tech nique is simply superb. Why, even your gallery girls 'are, able to' ? 'No,' I-said. 'They appreciate you. I'm told that in Melbourne they simply loaded you with presents.' 'Oh, my, yes. I couldn't begin to tell you all they cave roe— a beautiful umbrella, jewel cases, handkerchief boxes, hundreds '. of handkerchiefs, embroidered by themselves, pin cushions— Oh, I can't remember, them, really. 1 could, start a shop with' the pre cious-articles.' . '?.''.:' . ? 'In opposition to the Gilder Emporium,' I 'suggested. Miss Starr laughed heartily at the recollection of Mary Turner's tra gical association with that notorious shop, the^'trip up the river,' and the subsequent embarkation on a career of romantic crime. 'There must have ': been 200 . girls down i at the train to see me off. This wa3 a novel experience for me. In America we don't .have gallery, girls in the same sense that you have them. The seats are dearer, and you 'don't have quite the same' . I found Miss Starr's personality such a sparkle of merriment that I asked her if she had ever tried comedy. 'Never,' she answered. 'Never, I wonder how I would get along with it after so many years of drama. Do vou know, I'm awfully nervous about myself? I shake every night before I start ray 'performance. I tremble Iflro a kitten at first, but it all passes .off. But 1 suppose I'll lose that when I get a -really big artist.' ' ? ? . r ? ?' . . iBeally big! S'Ihy- she's that jiofe