The Friends of Flagg #13

John Barrymore

"The one and only. It used to give me a pain in the neck when people would wax indignant about Jack's crazy behavior and say he owed it to his public not to do this. He owed nothing to his public — they owed him! He hurt nobody but himself — the poor dear! I knew him better than most.

"He was always generous in giving credit. Willie Collier taught him about farce, so he said; Chaliapin about makeup. They were tops to Jack. Also Uncle John Drew, who inspired him with his elegant burlesques of pompous hams of yesteryear. But what Jack did in the theater, he did so much better than anybody else!"

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