Florence LaBadie

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Most interesting article! I liked the information in the second paragraph. These up-close detailed descriptions of appearance and manner that you used to see so much in this era are an art in themselves; they really give a feel for who the person was. I always enjoy reading these “portraits in words”. Another thing I found interesting was that she had starred at Biograph opposite Edwin August (one of my favorite of Griffith’s players). I didn’t realize she had worked there, or had forgotten it, if I ever knew. I wonder if she was really as perfect as the article… Read more »

Kitty
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Thank you for your kind words. It’s really fun researching the people. I think there is an Edwin August interview in there. I’ll do that next, if you want!

Donnie
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Yes, that would be great!!

Concerning Florence, I’m still trying to figure out how to pronounce her last name. I used to assume it was: Luh BAY dee. That’s the way it looks as if it would be pronounced.

Then I saw somewhere that the first syllable is the one accented, so I assumed it was: LAY buh dee

But from the information here, it was apparently something like: LAY – body

Kitty
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I think it’s lah-body. I’m having trouble saying it like that. I watched a documentary where they said her name like lah-buddy so I’ve been saying it like that ever since. I originally said it like luh baydee like you.
Concerning your thoughts on how much was embellished on these interviews, I think some of the writers added a bit of spice to them, but I also think that others seem much more truthful. I have the feeling that this one is pretty close to the truth. You can kind of tell sometimes.