Madeleine Carroll's "Health and Beauty Talks"
The column was used to impart a wide variety of tips for female readers and encouraged women to write to Carroll for personal advice.
At the start of the 1930s, Carroll was already a popular film star and the column would have ensured her name remained in the public eye, particularly with the female British cinema-going audience.
A year prior to her first column appearing, Madeleine Carroll won a court action against Athletic Publications Limited and Globe Rotary Press Limited after they published an article titled "How Do You Carry Yourself?" in the November 1929 edition of Health and Strength which falsely claimed to have been written by Carroll. Interest in the case may have led to the creation of the "Health and Beauty Talks".
The Hull Daily Mail published the following piece prior to the very first column:
At present, it is uncertain if Carroll herself wrote the columns or if they were ghost-written. However, nearly all of the columns contain various studio-style publicity stills of the actress.
The articles ran nearly continuously until the end of 1932 and then only appeared very sporadically in 1933, by which time Carroll was being courted by Hollywood.
The following is an attempt to index the articles.
The date given is of that of the first found appearance of the article. The article's headline occasionally varied across the newspapers it was printed it — in these instances, the most representative headline is listed.
Articles have been located in the following British newspapers:
- Cheltenham Chronicle
- Derby Daily Telegraph
- Gloucester Citizen
- Gloucestershire Echo
- Hull Daily Mail
- Lincolnshire Echo
- 9th — My Beauty and Good Health Secrets
- 13th — What Every Woman Should Know: The Road to Good Looks
- 20th — Art and the Use of Cosmetics
- 27th — If You Want to be Slim
- 3rd — Baths that Befriend Beauty
- 10th — The Little Things That Matter
- 17th — Poise is an Asset You Can Acquire
- 24th — A Pretty Head for You
- 3rd — Housewives Need Not Loose Their Looks
- 10th — Dips Into My Letter Bag
- 17th — Take Care of Your Hands
- 24th — Let Your Eyes Tell Their Own Story
- 7th — The Sporting Way to Health and Beauty
- 14th — Your Nature Revealed By a Smile
- 21st — How to Look One's Best
- 28th — Don't Miss Your Beauty Sleep
- 5th — Golden Rules for Fitness
- 12th — Freckles and Other Summer Blemishes
- 19th — My Fresh Air Cure for Dull Hair
- 26th — Teeth — Every Woman's Pearls
- 2nd — Manners Maketh Women
- 9th — Magic Boxes to Take on Your Holiday
- 16th — Charm of a Gentle Voice
- 23rd — Mirrors of Personality
- 30th — Motoring Wisdom for the Holiday Tour
- 7th — Beauty in a Hurry
- 14th — Fighting Summer Beauty Woes
- 21st — Take Care of Your Feet
- 28th — Be Yourself
n.b. Carroll married Captain Philip Astley at Varenna, Lake Como, Italy, on 26th August.
- 4th — Keep Cool in the Heat
- 11th — Yourself and Your Mirror
- 18th — Store Up Your Energy
- 25th — What Readers Want to Know
- 1st — When a Woman's Charm is Waning
- 8th — Beauty From the Garden
- 15th — The Right Way to Choose Clothes
- 22nd — "Looks" and the "Right" Figure
- 29th — Well-Groomed Women
- 6th — Let Your Hat Enhance Your Looks
- 14th — Protect Your Looks During Winter
- 20th — Getting Ready for the Dance
- 27th — Solving Two Winter Problems
- 3rd — Common Sense and Shoes
- 10th — Care of Hands and Ankles
- 17th — Daily Attentions that Matter
- 24th — You Can Have Attractive Arms
- 1st — Don't be a Fireside Fan
- 8th — Can You Create a Good Impression?
- 15th — Christmas Shopping Trials
- 22nd — Make the Most of Your Holiday
- 29th — Review Your Faults
- 5th — The Right Way to Keep Warm
- 12th — Keep Your Eyes Bright and Sparkling
- 19th — Smiles Do Not Always Please
- 21st — Life is Full of Pretence
- 26th — Can You Improve Your Looks?
- 2nd — Study Your Hands and Feet
- 9th — These Are Days of Grace
- 16th — Cultivate Your Conversation
- 23rd — Clothes and Colours to Suit You
- 1st — Details that Make Perfection
- 8th — Marriage... or a Career... What Not Have Both?
- 15th — Maxims that Have Ruled My Life
- 23rd — Off for the Easter Holiday!
- 29th — Getting Out of the Hurry Habit
- 5th — Need Married Women Lose Their Looks?
- 12th — Do Women Dress to Please Men?
- 19th — Manners Maketh the Woman
- 26th — Does Intelligence Kill Charm?
- 3rd — Dress and the Housewife
- 10th — Getting in Trim for Summer Sport
- 17th — Are You Tired of Being Ordinary?
- 24th — June Roses and Cream
- 31st — Cool Thoughts for Hot Days
- 7th — Clothes and the Summer Sports Girl
- 14th — Little Attentions of Every Day
- 21st — When Beauty Goes to Bed
- 28th — Don't be a Sleeping Beauty
- 5th — Look Below the Chin Line
- 12th — Don't be a Slave of Fashion
- 19th — How to a Take a Holiday
- 26th — Don't Worry
- 1st — Choosing Jewels to Suit Your Style
- 9th — Advice for Blondes on Holiday
- 16th — Happy Feet on Holiday
- 23th — Praise that Pays in Beauty
- 6th — Make the Most of Vitality
- 13th — Madam, Pray by Seated!
- 20th — Autumn Tints in Clothes and Cosmetics
- 27th — Beauty in the Bud
- 8th — Winter Clothes Are So Becoming
- 11th — Make Fashion Serve You
- 18th — If You Are an "In-Between"
- 25th — Wise Women Make Good Husbands
- 1st — Don't Be Too Thin
- 8th — Turning Your Back to Beauty
- 15th — Common Sense Spells Happiness
- 22nd — Beauty Hints for the Winter
- 29th — Keep Your Eyes Bright
- 6th — Don't Be Afraid to Smile
- 13th — Perfume that Reveals a Woman's Personality
- 20th — Be Your Best for Christmas
- 27th — If You Want to Have Charm
- 25th — Prepare for Spring
Notes & References
- For details of the settlement, see the Nottingham Evening Post (10/Feb/1930) and Yorkshire Post (11/Feb/1930).
- Hull Daily Mail (12/Jan/1931)
- As many local newspapers don't have online archives, it's likely the column appeared more widely than this list implies.