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Picturegoer (1922) - The Excursions of Ann




The Excursions of Ann

Dainty Ann Forrest has been picture-making in England and on the Continent, combined with a little globe-trotting in her spare time.

When the Vikings of old set out in search of adventures upon the seas, they little realised the trouble that they were storing up for their descendants. These bearded roamers laid the basis of Wanderlust in the generations that followed them — and when one has such an inheritance in these days of speedy travel, it inspires globe-trotting of an ambitious order.

That is just what has happened to Ann Forrest. Whenever she has the opportunity of emulating the spirit of her Scandinavian Viking ancestors, she grasps it with no hesitation. When she was ten years old, she left Norway her childhood home — and went to America. With the characteristic Norse temperament, she sighed for an opportunity of expressing the depth of emotional fire that lurks in children of the Northland.

She attracted the attention of Reginald Barker, who was casting his picture, Dangerous Days.

"It's an emotional part that requires a lot of weeping," warned Barker. Ann smiled whimsically, and a smile of confidence lurked in her deep-set sea-blue eyes. She wept so wonderfully in that film that the director and her companion-players overwhelmed her with congratulations. Since then she has risen to stellar heights in the film firmament, and has played with William Farnum in "Westerns" in The Prince Chap with Thomas Meighan, with Houdini in The Grim Game, and in George Melford's Behold My Wife.

Then the Viking instinct for travel attacked Ann. She packed up her most delightful dresses and her prettiest jewellery and came to London. From the metropolis she went to Paris, and then, like a dutiful snow maiden, she re visited her beloved Denmark. And now she is back in America. These excursions of Ann had a business object, in addition to a holiday one.

The diminutive star with the spun-gold hair and eyes of deep baby-blue that sparkle with the ice crystals of her north country has been hard at work at the Lasky studios in London. She has been filmed in her latest screen production, Perpetua, which has been re-named Love's Boomerang. The childish appeal that lurks in the attractive personality of this charming Dane has been given full rein in this screen presentation. She plays the part of a little girl of nine in short frocks and a youthful hat. Youth seems to have prevailed during the recent wanderings of Ann. In England and in France, where exteriors of Love's Boomerang were filmed, she reflected in her screen part the characterisation of a child.

"And when I visited Denmark after an absence of ten years," Ann told me in her rapid English that she speaks so quickly that sometimes she is difficult to follow. " I found myself speaking my native tongue with the accent of a child. For when I left Norway I spoke with the lispings of youth, and that characteristic has never left me.