from The New Movie Album: An Autographed Who's Who of the Screen (1931)
"To correct any inaccuracies that may have resulted from my being sometimes referred to as the 'Brooklyn Bonfire,' let me say, first off, that I was born in Brooklyn, that I was 'raised' there, and that I lived there until well along in my 'teens. I moved from Brooklyn to Hollywood. And that is my story. Of course there was the time my photograph, submitted by my father, wond for me a magazine contest. There was my little part in the Billie Dove picture, 'Beyond the Rainbow,' which was my first. I was sure at the time that it would be my last. But then, many weeks later, when I had become reconciled to a stenographic career, Elmer Clifton gave me a part in 'Down to the Sea in Ships.' I played parts in several other eastern pictures and then came to Hollywood, where B.P. Schulberg, the man really responsible for what success I have had, placed me under contract. When Mr. Schulberg joined Paramount as managing director of production he took my contract, and me, with him. I played in 'Mantrap,' 'Kid Boots,' 'Wings,' and in several other pictures before 'It' made me a star, and gave me a reputation. My last picture was 'Her Wedding Night.' My next will present me as an usherette."